EYEWITNESS HISTORY: A PERSONAL, LITERARY AND
CREATIVE APPROACH TO TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES
LINDA CURRY and DEBRA COX
1st ed., July 1995, 150 pages, $18.95
Eyewitness History is an innovative method of inquiry, research,
reading, reflection, and writing to guide students in a lifelong
process of understanding history. It is a child-centered, developmental
approach to teaching elementary history and social studies. The
goals of Eyewitness History are to enrich personal experience,
to develop a lifelong love of inquiry and reading, and to teach
students how to make historical generalizations.
Through critical reading of award-winning literature, students
meet the famous people and characters who are our national heritage.
Personal research and exposure to good literature together nurtures
an understanding of self, a love of reading, and a foundation
for historical understandings. Through this process students
learn how to visualize more clearly the historical past, becoming
more aware and observant of current events, and reflect upon
ways to build a better future.
The authors as teacher-researchers believe that learning about
history is an ongoing holistic process that develops with language
learning; students must
meaningfully experience and use history just as they meaningfully
experience and use language; discovery of one's own history
gives greater meaning and relationship to the history of others;
and personal and vicarious historical experiences lead learners
to continuously discover and redefine who they are in the context
of past, present, and future.
1: EYEWITNESS PERSONAL HISTORY
Reflection: Who am I?
Observation: Who am I?
Compile a Story
History by Example: A Model Story
Celebrate the Story
2: EYEWITNESS LITERARY TIME TRAVEL
Eyewitness: Reading with an Author's Eye and the Newbery Award
Eyewitness: Reading with an Artist's Eye and the Caldecott Award
Eyewitness: The Literary Elements of Story
Literary Genres for Historical Research
Eyewitness: Important Awards in Children's Literature
Timeline for Children's Literature
3: EYEWITNESS AMERICAN HISTORY
Timeline: Literary Time Travel
4: EYEWITNESS PERSONAL LIBRARIES
The Written History Process
Writing the Story
The Revising Process
Eyewitness Student Models
5: EYEWITNESS CLASSROOM MURALS
Communication is the Key
Literary, Map, and Landscape Murals
6: TEACHING METHODS AND MATERIALS
Guided Discovery Learning
KWL: Know, What to Know, Learn
Inquiry/I-Search Chart; Compare/Contrast Matrix
Curry is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Social
Studies Methods at Clemson University. She received her B.A.
in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina,
her M.A. in History from Appalachian State University and her
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University.
Phillips Cox is currently a classroom teacher in South
Carolina and a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction at
Clemson University. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from Clemson.
Debra is also an Elementary Education Consultant for the South
Carolina Council for the Social Studies.