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Gifford, Nina

Works: 4 works in 14 publications in 1 language and 107 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Nina Gifford
In the aftermath of war : cultural clashes of the twenties : a unit of study for grades 9-12 by Nina Gifford( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unit is a collection of lessons for teaching about cultural clashes. Based on primary sources, the unit contains teacher background materials and three lesson plans with student resources. These lessons deal with the United States between World War I and World War ii. The United States emerged from World War I with seismic faults in its society, with clashes that would reverberate through the decade and beyond. A study of the contrast between modern urban and traditional rural society can help students grasp the era's great complexity and give them insights into different cultural attitudes that still exist in U.S. society. Using a variety of documents, plus cooperative and individual instructional activities that emphasize critical thinking, students examine the attitudes and strategies of people struggling with competing world views. Art, literature, and film also are used to illustrate key points. The unit is built on three objectives: (1) to identify social and economic changes that had been occurring in the United States since the late 19th century; (2) to identify reactions to the social and economic changes that had been occurring; and (3) to recognize that the emergence of new beliefs and attitudes produce tensions and conflicts in society. The first lesson plan, "Urban America in the Twenties," allows students to identify social and economic trends in the early 20th century, describe urban modernism in the 1920's, and reactions to it. The second lesson, "Rural Traditionalism in the Twenties," helps students describe rural traditionalism in the 1920's and reactions. The third lesson contains case studies. Contains three references. (Author/DK)
The American dream and the gospel of wealth in nineteenth-century American society : a unit of study for grades 9-12 by Nina Gifford( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The material in this unit is designed to introduce students to the origin and role of ideas in history, especially their role in the lives of ordinary people, in the rapidly industrializing United States of the 19th century. These lessons concern Americans in the great age of industrialization, from 1850 to 1900. Unit objectives include: (1) identifying common characteristics of the late 19th century success ethic, using examples from biography and literature; (2) describing the social, economic, and political circumstances that nurtured the success ethic; (3) identifying promoters of the gospel of wealth and explaining why they promoted it; and (4) examining the tension between an ethic of individual success and an ideology that justifies the power of the rich. The first of three lesson plans deals with the virtues of frugality. Objectives of this lesson include discussing characteristics of the success ethic and suggesting reasons why it prevailed in early America, and showing the common values of most Americans and their belief that most people could achieve. The second lesson on virtues of wealth helps students to identify the main components of the competing form of the success ethic that developed in the industrial United States, to identify people such as Horatio Alger, who preached the virtues of wealth, and to examine a rags to riches story and evaluate its realistic and unrealistic characteristics. The third lesson on the gospel of wealth presents primary sources from which students can identify the promoters of the gospel of wealth, examine their methods of appealing to ordinary people, and analyze the values implied in an ideology that exalts wealth and the wealthy. (Dk)
The Harlem Renaissance : a unit of study for grades 9-12 by Nina Gifford( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This teaching unit represents a specific "dramatic moment" in history that can allow students to delve into the deeper meanings of selected landmark events and explore their wider context in the great historical narrative. Studying a crucial turning point in history helps students realize that history is an ongoing, open-ended process, and that the decisions they make today create the conditions of tomorrow's history. This unit is about the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance is part of the post-World War I cultural upheaval that found all of U.S. society trying to come to terms with the shift from a rural way of life to an urban and industrialized one. The unit can be taught after studying World War I or as a transition to the era of the Great Depression and the New Deal. The unit is based on primary sources taken from documents, artifacts, journals, diaries, newspapers, and literature from the period under study. Within the unit are teacher background materials that provide an overview of the entire unit and the historical information and context necessary to link the "dramatic moment" to the larger historical narrative. Lesson plans include a variety of ideas and approaches. An extensive bibliography contains 7 items about painting and sculpture, 13 poem citations, 12 articles and maps, and 7 recording dates. (Bt)
Liberal/conservative bias in high school United States history textbooks by Nina Gifford( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.29 for Liberal/co ... to 0.37 for In the aft ...)

English (14)