Graduation Year

2015

Location

State Farm Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

18-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2015 10:00 AM

Description

A recent problem plaguing history courses in secondary classrooms is the apparent lack of applicability to students of what they are learning. This research aims to find the effects of integrating current events into history curriculum on history concept literacy. By developing historical concept literacy, students develop a requisite skill that can be applied not only to future historical studies, but also to other real-life applications. The data was collected during DeSalvo’s student teaching experience in freshman World History and sophomore American History classrooms. By analyzing lesson plans, students’ feedback and responses to the lesson, and students’ written responses to critical thinking questions, this study aims to confirm that current events are an effective tool to develop historical literacy: specifically concept literacy.

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Current Event Integration to Facilitate Historical Concept Literacy

State Farm Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

A recent problem plaguing history courses in secondary classrooms is the apparent lack of applicability to students of what they are learning. This research aims to find the effects of integrating current events into history curriculum on history concept literacy. By developing historical concept literacy, students develop a requisite skill that can be applied not only to future historical studies, but also to other real-life applications. The data was collected during DeSalvo’s student teaching experience in freshman World History and sophomore American History classrooms. By analyzing lesson plans, students’ feedback and responses to the lesson, and students’ written responses to critical thinking questions, this study aims to confirm that current events are an effective tool to develop historical literacy: specifically concept literacy.