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Social Studies Medal

National Museum of American History

Psychological Test, A Social Study

National Museum of American History
A Social Study was written by Manly H. Harper, Ph.D. It was published and copyrighted in 1927 by the Bureau of Publication, Teachers College, Columbia University. The four page booklet (double sided) included 71 different questions that the test taker was instructed to mark with either a + or a – sign. The study was designed to ascertain what teachers and educators thought were important considerations to take into account when developing good citizenship. Therefore, this test is of interest to historians of psychology while also providing insight into ideas about citizenship, the state, and political economy in the late 1920s.

The collection also includes a sheet entitled “Directions to Directors of the Study.” Here, we gain insight into how to proctor the study as well as gaining information on scoring, interpreting the results, and the norms for educators. The paper described how the study “gave a highly valid and reliable measure of social beliefs and attitudes as included in the trait conservatism-liberalism-radicalism.” Moreover, the norms section broke down the norms in terms of level of education, geographic location, and in one instance, race.

First Weeks at School

National Museum of American History

Fish Tales: Exploring the Folk Music of Newfoundland

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In this series of lessons students will learn about the culture and economy of Newfoundland, learn to sing the folksongs “I’s the B’y” and “Jack Was Ev’ry Inch a Sailor,” learn a folk dance, play recorder and hand chimes, and create a dramatic play.

El Coquí

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Puerto Rican culture is a representation of the diverse heritages of three cultural groups: Taíno Indians, Africans, and Spaniards. In this lesson, students will learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taíno Indians, and their influence on Puerto Rican culture.

Trail of Tears: Music of the American Indian Diaspora

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The segments of this unit offer an investigation of the impact of circumstance on the music of a people through examination of several musical selections from the Five Nations heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee in particular) during and following the Trail of Tears of 1831 and 1838 respectively.

Ooooh, the Oud

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Use video and music to discover the ancient Middle Eastern stringed instrument, the oud. Discuss the history of the instrument and compare different styles of playing. Learn to identify and repeat the different rhythms.

"I’ve Got a Friend in Chicago"

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Students will listen to, analyze, and perform music created by children in the United States and for children by American folk artists.In addition, students will record their own games, songs, and chants.

Allo, Monsieur! French Canadian Children’s Songs

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This unit affords teachers with opportunities to lead children in active singing games and dances from Quebec, Canada. These lessons will offer young singers and players an opportunity to listen to, discuss, sing, play games, and create.

Jamaican Song, Dance, and Play: Experiences with Jamaican Musical Traditions

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This lesson is intended to develop knowledge about certain aspects of Jamaican music and culture. Students will experience glimpses of Jamaican culture through listening, performance, game play, and discussion.

Folk Music of Turkey: The Songs and Dances of Anatolia and the Black Sea

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Students will be introduced to Turkish style song and dance through listening to, recreating the sounds of, and dancing Bacon is in the Larder.

Musical Hooves on the Steppes: The Morin Huur of Mongolia

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Explore rural nomadic life in Mongolia and the highly impressionistic music and arts of the Central Asian steppes. Students learn to imitate sounds of the natural environment through improvised dance, instrumental performance, and throat-singing.

An Exploratory Short Course in Tuvan Throat Singing

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An introductory course exploring “throat singing” (or overtone singing) as practiced and performed by the people of Tuva. We will explore this truly unique style of vocal production through attentive listening, watching video and practicing techniques and types of throat singing.

Zydeco est Gumbo: An Introduction to Zydeco Music

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In this unit, students will explore Zydeco Music and its French Canadian and Afro-Caribbean roots. Through cultural enrichment, attentive and engaged listening, stories, and dance, the students will gain a better understanding of Zydeco music in relation to its history and culture.

Moccasin Madness! Navajo and Apache Moccasin Game Songs

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Moccasin Game songs of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache tribes are little known outside these cultures, but hold intrigue and understanding for those who pursue the experiences noted here. Students will learn the cultural significance, key traits, and pure joys of playing Moccasin Game songs through an exciting process of listening, singing, and playing.

American history in ballad and song. Vol. 1 [sound recording] : junior high school social studies / prepared by Albert Barouh and Theodore O. Cron

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Program notes, including song lyrics and lesson plans, (24 p.) inserted in container.

Performed by various artists.

Singers to the Core: Folk Music from Latvia

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Series of three lessons. Students engage with Latvian folk music, culture, and history through listening, singing, dance, and original performance. Includes information about Baltic Singing Revolution and power of music in effecting social justice.

Lesson Plan, Online, Audio

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This unit of study is intended to develop student knowledge of the Creole influence on the music of various countries in the Americas: French Guiana, Surname, and the United States. Students will enjoy experiences in listening, singing and playing on instruments, and they will learn to study how different groups of people have influenced one another.
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