The author has twenty-four years of experience in teaching gifted and regular education students at the elementary and middle school levels. This book emphasizes the integration of traditional print media with Internet resources. It contains hundreds Web Links that teachers and students can use to study various aspects of American history. Includes fourteen detailed projects ranging from the explorations of Leif Eriksson, and Christopher Columbus to Famous People of the American Revolution, and The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Introduction discusses how teachers can make maximum use of each project, particularly through the integration of Web Links with books and other written materials. Each project contains the following information: Background, Performance Task, Extension Activities, Internet Resources for Performance Task, Related WebQuests, Scavenger Hunts and Activities, Teacher Resources, and Further Reading. Some other projects included in this book are: The Lost Colony of Roanoke, The Colony at Jamestown, Pocahontas and John Smith, The Mayflower Compact, Life in the Colonies, Colonial Children, The Stamp Act, The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, and Battles of the American Revolution.
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Janis Purnell is a very knowledgeable teacher in the areas of gifted education, American history and education resources on the Internet. She has effectively combined her expertise in these areas to produce a book that contains extensive Internet resources and techniques for teaching American history to gifted students in grades 4 -8.
"If I were a history teacher or teacher of the gifted, Purnell's book would be an invaluable resource for differentiated instruction." Eugenia M. Fisher, Ed.D. Reading Education ConsultantAbout the Author:
Currently Jan Purnell is in her first year as a gifted education instructor in grades 6-12 at Maple Avenue Middle School and Littlestown Area High School in Littlestown, Pennsylvania where she has been teaching for 24 years. She has held a variety of positions within the district including teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade advanced and gifted self-contained classes. She also served a year as a Reading specialist and Testing for Essential Learning and Literacy Skills (T.E.L.L.S.) Math instructor.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from York College of Pennsylvania. She received her MEq in 1996 and continues to take courses of interest, especially in the field of Technology Education. Jan has presented papers at two Middle School Level state conferences that discussed strategies for teaching reading and using technology in the social studies classroom. History has always been her first love, and she gained an appreciation for it at a young age from her father, who was a proud WWII veteran and pilot.
Jan is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education (PAGE). She writes a column in a local newspaper on using technology and the Internet, and is looking forward to team-teaching a course on Using Technology in the Classroom in the spring semester of 2007 at the Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College.
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Book Description Gifted Education Pr. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2735288018