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Elementary Social Studies: History - Chapter Summary
You'll find a collection of lessons in this chapter outlining elementary history and social studies concepts. Topics covered include the basics of history instruction and the components of chronology, as well as a look at ancient civilizations such as Bronze Age Egypt. After you work through this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Use local people and places to teach history
- Teach students to think like historians
- Detail essential questions in U.S. history
- Comprehend the subjective nature of history
- Explain how historical theories impact interpretations of history
- Describe the history and culture of ancient Greece
- Outline the timeline and contributions of the Roman civilization
- Discuss the Shang and Zhou Dynasties of ancient China
Work through this chapter on your own time and at your own pace, and feel free to go back as many times as needed to review this information. To make sure you're ready for test day, we recommend answering the questions on the lesson quizzes and chapter tests. Feel free to use any smartphone, tablet or computer to study any time you'd like, 24 hours a day.
1. Basics of History Instruction: Strategies & Examples
In this lesson, we explore history instruction and some of the techniques and activities that can help your students better engage with the material, develop critical thinking skills, and understand key concepts.
2. Using Local Places & People in History Instruction
Your local community and the people who live there can be great resources for teaching History. This lesson will discuss how to help students make real life connections between the information they are learning and the area in which they live.
3. Teaching Students to Think Like Historians
In this lesson, we discover some of the teaching techniques and exercises you can use to get your students to begin thinking, researching, and writing like historians.
4. Chronology: Time, Continuity & Change
In this lesson we will learn about chronology as it relates to the discipline of history. We will learn how time, continuity, and change affect the flow of history.
5. US History Essential Questions
Essential questions are a crucial aspect of teaching. They address the conceptual underpinnings of any curriculum. The essential questions in this lesson will help you teach United States history.
6. Understanding the Subjective Nature of History
In this lesson, we'll examine issues of subjectivity and interpretation in the field of history. We'll learn why historiography is important and how it affects the discipline.
7. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past
Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.
8. Ancient Greece: History & Culture
The ancient Greeks thrived from about 800 BCE until roughly 30 BCE. Through culture, conquest, architecture, government, and the arts, the ancient Greeks made an impact on civilizations then, and continue to do so today.
9. Roman Civilization: Timeline, Facts & Contributions
This lesson covers several important events, facts, and contributions of Rome and the later Roman Empire, from its mythological founding to the decline and fall of the Western Empire in 476 CE.
10. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.
11. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties
In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.
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