Capstone/Dissertation Title

Transcending the textbook: creating curriculum for sixth graders to experience history

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question for this capstone is how can I write meaningful lessons that offer students a chance to actively experience history that creates a personal connection to the distant past, as well as help students learn and retain the subject matter? The capstone includes two units for a 6th grade Ancient Civilization course. The two units, The Stone Age and Ancient Greece, each contain three lessons with techniques learned from researching experiential education techniques. Research provided criteria for writing the lessons, such as group assignments, active movement, novelty, simulation and exploration for each lesson, higher level thinking skills, and chance to create and produce materials. The lessons focus on students learning to have fun with history while gaining and remembering meaningful knowledge.

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