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Studying the local community helps students learn more about the place they live. It helps them comprehend the past, perform in the present, and predict the future. Understanding its history and people builds a sense of pride and belonging. Currently, the local community is studied by the third grade at Forest City Elementary. Teaching and learning about the community requires careful selection and presentation of materials. Students learn through narratives, primary sources, cultural universals, and the interaction between new sources of information and prior experiences. Unfortunately, information about the community of Forest City is lacking. Material is not easily accessible and tends to be written for adult readers. The purpose of this research project is to create an expository text on the community of Forest City, Iowa for the third grade students and teachers at Forest City Elementary.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jean Donham


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