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Excerpt: Desktop History
Todd Rutherford teaches high school history, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and events spanning from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Todd teaches the content of history through student inquiry and research. Rather than write traditional reports, students often create a newsletter to share what they've learned with classmates and other members of the California School for the Deaf.
"In the old days, my students would never read someone else's history report, but they love to read the newsletters we produce," says Todd. "They want to read each other's work; they want to give it to their parents." Putting many short reports into newsletter format also helps students see a variety of topics and relationships of many different events during the same period of history.
Todd points out that the newsletter, which the students produce on a computer, is merely a strategy. Their real task, he says, is finding information and communicating it.
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