A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of U.S. History

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James Percoco challenges you to venture beyond your history textbook and provide students with opportunities to experience history firsthand. He demonstrates how, using applied history, you can bring to life the people, places, and events of our nation's history, inspiring in your students a passion for the past.

Join Percoco and his students as they embark on what he calls "academic adventures." Taking advantage of the many resources in their surrounding community and beyond, ...

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Overview

James Percoco challenges you to venture beyond your history textbook and provide students with opportunities to experience history firsthand. He demonstrates how, using applied history, you can bring to life the people, places, and events of our nation's history, inspiring in your students a passion for the past.

Join Percoco and his students as they embark on what he calls "academic adventures." Taking advantage of the many resources in their surrounding community and beyond, Percoco's students travel to historic sites and exhibits, examine archives and other primary source documents, analyze movies and documentaries, conduct interviews, create sculptures, and much more. Throughout the book, Percoco lists numerous sources for historical information and documents, as well as practical suggestions for cultivating contacts and managing logistics.

As a result of the tangible experiences applied history offers, students come to appreciate the relevance of the past to their present and their future. As they work to make sense of the past, they will learn to question their assumptions, to think critically, and ultimately to develop their own personal yet valid understanding of our nation's history.

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“The real secret of the Percoco classroom magic is that unbeatable combination of a love of teaching and an all-out love of his subject.”–David McCullough
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325000619
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/6/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 149
  • Age range: 13 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

James Percoco teaches United States and applied history at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia. The recipient of numerous education awards, Percoco was named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year at the 1993 Walt Disney Company American Teacher Awards. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council for History Education and has been an educational consultant to the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A Present of the Past

2. Friends and Colleagues The Art of Networking

Bumper Stickers and Other Strategies

4. If Statues Could Talk Using Monuments to Teach

Guest Speakers and Telephone Conferences

6. Teaching History Through Film

7. Doing History Applied History and Interning

On the Road Again Field Trips

Epilogue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2001

    Spark your creativity!

    Whether you are new to the field of teaching Social Studies or whether you are an experienced teacher, reading and using A Passion for the Past is a must. It is philosophical, engaging, stimulating, and practical at the same time. Jim Percoco has been generous in sharing his insights, strategies, curriculum ideas and specific lesson plans. He also shares his enthusiasm for teaching history, which is highly motivating in itself. If you are interested in stimulating ideas for an interactive teaching style, this is the very best source to check. Give yourself some time to read and work with this material - you will be inspired and guided - and so will your students! I can¿t rate this source more highly. Anyone teaching American History today will want to be familiar with Percoco¿s ideas.

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