Bringing the Social Sciences Alive: 10 Simulations for History, Economics, Government, and Geography

Bringing the Social Sciences Alive: 10 Simulations for History, Economics, Government, and Geography

by Frederick M. Hess
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205281702

ISBN-13: 9780205281701

Pub. Date: 01/11/1999

Publisher: Pearson Education

Both an invaluable resource and a how-to-manual, this book is unlike any other on the market!

  • All materials are reproducible!
  • Two early charts help teachers to quickly determine which lessons can be used with which instructional units and which skills are emphasized in each item.
  • Without sacrificing content, this book

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Overview

Both an invaluable resource and a how-to-manual, this book is unlike any other on the market!

  • All materials are reproducible!
  • Two early charts help teachers to quickly determine which lessons can be used with which instructional units and which skills are emphasized in each item.
  • Without sacrificing content, this book offers a happy compromise to teachers who are often dissatisfied with traditional rote instruction and with many of the substantively weak solutions designed to enliven courses.
This book was written with the practicing teacher in mind. It offers ten tested, varied, and refined simulations that will enliven a classroom in grades 7-12 without sacrificing content! In fact, these lessons help a teacher teach concepts, material, and skills more effectively. The lessons are ready-to-use, including directions, background context, reproducible materials, and guidelines for assessment. Topics include: Constructing a New American Government, The Mighty Dorito Cartel, and Making the United Nations Work. The author also provides discussion on designing, modifying, running, and assessing simulations.

Rick Hess is currently an assistant professor of education and government at the University of Virginia. His current research emphasizes the effects (or non-effects) of competition on public school systems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205281701
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
01/11/1999
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
8.29(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Chapters begin with “Teacher's Note” and conclude with “Using This Simulation,” “How the Simulation Works,” “Comments from Experience,” “Possible Modifications,” “Assessment,” and “Appendix — Materials.”

Foreword.

Preface.

1.Introduction.
What Simulations Can Add to Your Classroom?
Some Practical Thoughts on Designing and Using Simulations.
Layout of the Book.
References.

2.Constructing a New American Government.
Background on the Constitutional Convention.

3.The Mighty Dorito Cartel.
Background on the Free Rider Syndrome, Oligopolies, and OPEC.

4.Letting the Bulls Run.
Background on the Equity Markets.

5.Forging a Lasting Middle East Peace.
Background on Middle East Conflict.

6.Choosing a President.
Background on Political Party Conventions.

7.A Whirlwind American Tour.
Background on Low-Budget Travel.

8.Passing a Crime Bill.
Background on the Legislative Process.

9.Living on a Paycheck.
Background on Budgeting.

10.The Delicate Balance of Power.
Background on Europe Before World War I.

11.Making the United Nations Work.
Background on the United Nations.

12.Final Thoughts.
Assessing Simulations.
Assessment Materials.

Index.

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