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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Exploring Medieval European Society with Chess: An Engaging Activity for the World History Classroom

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Hi everyone,

Here is a detailed article by John Pagnotti and William B. Russell III for those interested in history and how chess could help make studying history cool! Excerpts: The History Teacher, Volume 46:1 (2012)

Effectively teaching World History requires that teachers foster a learning environment that is challenging, interactive, engaging, meaningful, and relevant for the learner. Infusing a game activity into the curriculum offers a way to create a highly interactive and engaging learning environment while supporting meaningful content acquisition. 

The purpose of this article is to help educators explore the strategy of using the game of chess in the World History classroom. More specifically, it provides educators with a classroom-tested lesson activity for teaching medieval European society content using the game of chess by providing background information on the history of chess, a rationale for including chess in the classroom, and step-by-step procedures to infuse this activity when the topic of feudalism is covered.

Read the full text of the article at the Society for History Education website.

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