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      Overview: Talking with Teachers about History

      The study of history goes beyond memorizing dates and facts. It involves making connections with students' lives today. We study history to make sense of our past, to make better informed decisions in our present and to make predictions about the future.

      Students at this level should be able to recognize cause-and-effect relationships of historical events. They should understand that the roots of one historical time period are often found in the enduring effects of the preceding period. Students should be able to identify with the conditions and ways of thinking of different eras. To that end, they should connect the history and the literature of a distinct time period. The aim is to have students feel a connection between history and their own lives.

      Ohio's Academic Content Standards establish the following expectations for student performance in the area of History. Students must be able to explain and identify patterns in the following content areas:

      • The Enlightenment;
      • Industrialization;
      • Imperialism;
      • 20th Century Conflict;
      • The United States in the 20th Century.

      The content in this Teaching Tool is based on Ohio's Academic Content Standards: K-12 Social Studies and includes types of questions asked on the Ohio Graduation Test. While various activities are suggested for working with students, this Teaching Tool is designed to complement a rigorous, research-based curriculum, not to substitute for one.

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