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Teacher Takes Unique Style to History Class

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LAS VEGAS -- The grades are in and Nevada scores a D in teaching U.S. history. A new national report found 28 states got a D or F grade for their history standards in schools.

The study most likely is based on the fact that Nevada's history curriculum has kids learn history in seventh grade, and doesn't require them to take it again until high school.

But seventh grade history teacher Josie Finley doesn't agree with Fordham analysis. She says the key is to keep the subject of history fun to learn so they'll remember it.

"We do videos, we do plays, we do simulations, we try and mix it up and keep it interesting," she said.

Finley won two history teacher awards in Nevada. She says her students enjoy her classes and remember everything until they take it again in 10th grade. Her approach is to make it fun and out of the ordinary.

For example, they do drama in class, acting out the roles of the historic figures. Today's project is making a newspaper in the 1800's -- writing articles and ads as if they were an American settler back in the day. The students love her unique style of teaching.

"I've gone to the library and I've gotten some books on some famous generals and things because it draws us into it," said student Christian Montenegro.

Finley's advice for other history teachers is don't stick to just reading a book in front of the class -- make learning fun.

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