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Teaching About Elections During a Presidential Election Year

Pull-out from Social Studies and the Young Learner. Includes list of children's books about elections. 

 

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(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

When students examine the highlighted election ads in the classroom, they will comprehend that many themes--including xenophobia, income inequality, and women’s political power--have been historical mainstays on the campaign trail.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science

What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.
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Memories of an Aid Worker

An attorney and Red Cross worker explores the impact that humanitarian work can have as she recalls her own personal experiences in the Ivory Coast after the country's first coup d'état.
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If You Had One Tax Question to Ask the Candidates

Reforming our tax laws poses enormous political challenges today, but a good start would be to teach students about the inequities in the U.S. tax system.
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The 1915 U.S. Invasion of Haiti: Examining a Treaty of Occupation

--Jennifer Bauduy A close look at the U.S.-Haiti treaty signed 100 years ago can launch an engaging lesson on U.S. involvement in Haiti and the commercial interests that fueled American interventions throughout Latin America. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7905/79...

A Time for Social Studies: Talking with Young People about Ferguson and Staten Island

--Beth C. Rubin
When students engage in discussions about civic rights and processes, their sense of discouragement transforms to a sense of empowerment.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7901/79...

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NAFTA: The World´s Largest Trading Zone Turns 20

--Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and Stephen Day
This article looks at the results of NAFTA, 20 years after it created a controversial common market between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and examines the ongoing free trade debate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7806/78...

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Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy

--Christine Lucianek
Students will acquire a deeper understanding of freedom of the press when they consider the context for its inclusion in the First Amendment and examine its implications in the Internet age.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7806/78...

Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address

--Mark T. Kissling and Christopher C. Martell
The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7806/78...

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