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Research with Sort It Out - Newton

Author(s): Leon Gibbs, Gail Perry

Premier descente en parachute ... Jacques Garnerin ... le 22 Octobre 1797
Will the use of primary source documents within a historical context improve student motivation?
In this integrated lesson, students are introduced to Newton's Laws of motion by arranging a set of primary source images according to their stage in motion. Students further sort the images according to historical era and then further analyze a single primary source image to identify and explain the laws of motion in the photograph. To conclude, students use the single image to write an essay describing the laws of motion in the picture and describe a possible future form of transportation. Students were given pre and post surveys to measure their level of motivation.
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Research with WWII in Letters and World War II and the Homefront

Author(s): Jessica Telthorster, Lynn Dille

Are you a girl with star-spangled heart?--Join the WAC now!--Thousands of Army jobs need filling! / Bradshaw Crandell.
Will student understanding of World War II and the Home Front be measurably greater if students utilize one primary source in different ways in two different content areas?
What is the benefit of exposing students to historic letters? What could students be expected to do with such letters? How might exposure to such resources in two disciplines enhance student learning? This study used the same primary source documents in two different disciplines in two ways to deepen students understanding of World War II. The efficacy of collaborative teaching as a way of overcoming student resistance to engaging with plain text primary sources was supported by this study. Findings from test data, analysis of student products and anecdotal evidence showed student comfort with primary source letters increased with exposure and student connection with and understanding of WW II concepts increased with two exposures, regardless of which type of exposure occurred first.
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Research with Life in a Box -- Leaders: Musa, Caesar, Jefferson, Washington, Perry, Lincoln, Kamehameha, Liliuokalani, Theodore Roosevelt, Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Stalin

Author(s): Frances Lee

Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation / The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cincinnati.
What is the relationship between the teachers use of historical Library of Congress documents of famous Americans on students development of prior knowledge for instruction in a social studies unit?
Working in heterogenous groups, students closely analyze documents in a single box to discover the identity of a particular famous American. Groups of students answer a set of spiral questions that guide them in their examination and analysis of the images. Students are given a pre- and post- questionaire to gauge their knowledge of the famous Americans being investigated.

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Research with Life in a Box -- Reformers: Buddha, Douglass, Barton, Addams, Anthony, Keller, Chavez, Robinson, Parks, Gandhi

Author(s): Emily Lofton, Natalie Canadas

Socialism, feminism, and suffragism, the terrible triplets, connected by the same umbilical cord, and fed from the same nursing bottle, by B.V. Hubbard.
What is the relationship between the teachers use of historical Library of Congress documents of famous Americans on students development of prior knowledge for instruction in a social studies unit?
Working in heterogenous groups, students closely analyze documents in a single box to discover the identity of a particular famous American. As a group students answer a set of spiral questions that guide them in their examination and analysis of the images. Students are given a pre and post questionaire to guage their knowledge of the famous Americans being investigated.
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Research with The Next Fifty Years: What Will the World Need?

Author(s): Patty Tuttle, Diana Jordan, Elaine Powers

Gramophone, disc, and "List of Plates,"
To what extent does the use of primary sources foster/promote the use of independent study as a differentiation technique for gifted students and to what extent does it engage/motivate the gifted learner?
An Inventions' Independent Study project was set up for a diverse group of 7th grade Social Studies students. Students were asked to research and design an invention that would have a positive impact on the 21st century. Through an analysis of inventions from prior centuries and examination of the primary documents from those inventions, historical thinking laid the foundation for today's inventions. Qualitative data was collected in the form of student and teacher reflections, surveys, and interviews. The artifacts were student portfolios that included a student notebook with work logs, a poster, a PowerPoint, and a script for an oral presentation.
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