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People, Places, Checkmates

Teaching Social Studies with Chess

By Alexey W. Root

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Format: Paperback / softback, 140 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 March 2010
"People, Places, Checkmates" teaches culture, history, geography, and citizenship in 16 chess-enhanced lesson plans. The plans complement upper elementary and middle school curricula in world history, U.S. history, geography, and social studies. Each lesson has the following sections: objectives, materials and sources, procedure, and evaluation and has been field-tested with classrooms of students in grades 4-8. Optional chess exercises follow each lesson plan in chapters 2-4. These exercises are perfect for pre-lesson warm ups or for students who finish the lesson plan more quickly than others. Chapter 5 provides chess basics such as algebraic notation and the rules of chess. Throughout the book, chess terms are highlighted when they are first used. Highlighted terms are also defined in the glossary.

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Chess has been played and influenced by Silk Road traders, medieval nobility, U.S. political leaders, and ordinary citizens of many nations. There is even a musical called Chess, illustrating the clash of freedom and state control during the Cold War. Tracing chess through history teaches students about other times, places, and cultures, helping them see patterns of continuity and change.

About the Author

Alexey W. Root is a senior lecturer in education at The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, and a former U.S. Women's chess champion.


"The concept is clever... An exercise based on Benjamin Franklin's 'morals of chess,' a list of golden rules to be observed while playing the game, is also fascinating, as are studies of famous chess players and foreign chess terms." - Arches

EAN: 9781591588504
ISBN: 1591588502
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited Inc
Dimensions: 27.43 x 21.34 x 1.27 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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