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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/system/files/publications/se/7901/79011522.pdf

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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/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806306.pdf

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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/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806298.pdf

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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/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806269.pdf

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Ferguson Is About Us Too: A Call to Explore Our Communities


--Alexander Cuenca and Joseph R. Nichols, Jr.
The events in Ferguson, Missouri, can serve as a jumping off point into an exploration of students’ own communities.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514248...

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Equal Protection, Immigration, and Education: Plyler v. Doe


--Joseph R. Feinberg, Frans H. Doppen, and Matthew S. Hollstein
This lesson on the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment will give students a deeper understanding of the issues framing the current immigration debate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7804/7804183.pdf

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Gideon v. Wainwright at Fifty: Lessons for Democracy and Civics (Looking at the Law)


--Kevin Scruggs
The case of Gideon v. Wainwright can serve as a point of entry into a classroom discussion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/770213109...

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Searching for the Seventies: Photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA Project (Teaching with Documents)


--Bruce Bustard and Lee Ann Potter
Examining key photos from a 1970s federal project can serve as a point of departure for an exploration of the national issues and environmental crises of that decade.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/77021352.pdf

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The Making of Campaign 2012: Collision 2012 and Double Down (Review)


--David Wolfford
Two recently published books offer behind-the-scenes insight into the 2012 presidential campaign and can help teachers illustrate important electoral concepts.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7801/780147.pdf

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