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Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers - February 1998

Tips for Getting Homework Done

8. Tie assignments to the present

Students often complain that they can't relate to assignments involving events that took place in the distant past.

An Ohio high school social studies teacher, Cathy Priest, explains:

"Ancient history or American history are hard to teach unless you relate them to the present. It's hard to keep students interested and excited about events that happened 2000 or even 200 years ago, when they are not concerned about what happened 2 weeks ago."

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