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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Thermometers to Thermostats: Designing and Assessing Informed Action

Young people care deeply about the issues that affect their community, and taking informed action enables them to apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have practiced in class.

Bridging Reading and Writing through C3 Inquiry

The right combination of primary and secondary sources will create an inquiry bridge between disciplinary reading and analytical writing

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Inviting Students to Consider the Purpose of Presidential Proclamations

Students can learn a lot about specific U.S. presidents and their presidencies by researching presidential proclamations, such as the one that created Thanksgiving Day or the pardoning of Nixon.

Social Education November/December 2016

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Editor's Notebook
Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson

Teaching with Documents
Pleading the Fifth: Lillian Hellman and the HUAC Investigation of Hollywood
Christine Blackerby
Playwright Lillian Hellman's featured letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee as it investigated Hollywood during the Cold War can launch an interesting lesson on the protections of the Fifth Amendment.
Secondary/High School US History
Lessons on the Law
Equal Justice for Juveniles? In re Gault After a Half Century
David Tanenhaus
Studying the Supreme Court decision that established the right of minors to have attorneys in juvenile court is an excellent way to engage students in the study of the Sixth Amendment.
Secondary/High School
Sources and Strategies
Inviting Students to Consider the Purpose of Presidential Proclamations
Lee Ann Potter

Students can learn a lot about specific U.S. presidents and their presidencies by researching presidential proclamations, such as the one that created Thanksgiving Day or the pardoning of Nixon.


Secondary/High School
Surfing the Net
Lesson Plans Designed for and Inspired by the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
C. Frederick Risinger
These recommended websites offer lessons and resources for incorporating inquiry into the social studies and teaching with the C3 Framework.
Secondary/High School

Creating Active and Informed Citizens: Strategies from the C3 Literacy Collaborative Project


Who, What, Where, How and Now? The C3 Framework and the C3 Literacy Collaborative
Susan Griffin
The author describes the contribution of the C3 Literacy Collaborative (C3LC) to the strengthening of social studies teaching and learning.
Secondary/High School

Initiating C3 Inquiry: Using Texts and Curiosity to Inspire Readers
Tina L. Heafner and Dixie D. Massey
By implementing a few key strategies for incorporating informational texts in the classroom, teachers can make content, texts, and inquiry visually and cognitively accessible to all students.
Secondary/High School

Bridging Reading and Writing through C3 Inquiry
Tina L. Heafner, Aaron Zimmerman, Nicholas Triplett, Wayne Journell

The right combination of primary and secondary sources will create an inquiry bridge between disciplinary reading and analytical writing


Secondary/High School US History

Where in the World … Does All This Stuff Come From? Geographic Inquiry into Global Trade Patterns
James Hauf
Drawing students' attention to the goods they use that come from other countries can be the starting point for authentic geographic inquiries into global trade patterns.
Secondary/High School

The Closing of the West: A C3 Lesson
Alice Reilly
In this unit, students examine the reasons various groups traveled westward during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Secondary/High School US History

From Past to Present: Taking Informed Action
Tracy Middleton
Students will have a greater understanding of distant historical events when they connect them to current issues.
Secondary/High School

Making Social Studies Shine: Strategies for Implementing the C3 Framework in Elementary Classrooms
Cathy Marston, Laura K. Handler
Elementary teachers can maximize instructional time by interweaving social studies disciplines while fostering inquiry and promoting literacy development.
PreK-Elementary

Thermometers to Thermostats: Designing and Assessing Informed Action
Mary Ellen Daneels

Young people care deeply about the issues that affect their community, and taking informed action enables them to apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have practiced in class.


Secondary/High School

Teachers at the Center: Recent Efforts to Strengthen the Civic Mission of Schools in Illinois
Shawn P. Healy
Not only are social studies teachers preparing their students for college, career, and civic life, they are taking the lead in making sure these outcomes are universal for all youth.
Secondary/High School

What’s Collaboration Got to Do with It?: Setting the Table for Teacher-Led Collaborative Inquiry
Rebecca Valbuena and Anthony Roy
Collaborative, teacher-led, professional development incorporates shared authority, fosters democratic education, and encourages civic engagement in the classroom.
Secondary/High School

Do This, Not That: Designing Effective Professional Development
Tina L. Heafner, Laura K. Handler, Wayne Journell
The authors share important lessons on professional development from the NCSS C3 Literacy Collaborative project.
Secondary/High School

Designing Your Own C3 Inquiry: Lessons from the C3LC Project
Catherine Awsumb Nelson
The C3LC project produced a range of classroom resources, but the power of the project lies in the collaborative processes that teacher teams used to build and test them.
Secondary/High School

Predicting the Outcome of an Election

This feature introduces three widely followed forecasting systems: prediction markets; projections based on economic indicators; and forecasts based on opinion polls.
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Setting the Stage for Civil Discourse

The current divisive presidential election highlights the importance of teaching students the skills of constructive public discourse.

Campaign 2016: Turning Students into Voters Social Education Staff

This list of noteworthy websites can be used to teach students about election issues and how to fact check campaign rhetoric, as well as the Electoral College and voting procedures.

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No Time to Take a Pass: Why Schools Should Teach Young People about the 2016 Elections

If we want young people to build knowledge about democracy, then we must help students develop a rich understanding of elections.

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Social Education October 2016

Social Education Cover October 2016

Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson


No Time to Take a Pass: Why Schools Should Teach Young People about the 2016 Elections
Diana Hess

If we want young people to build knowledge about democracy, then we must help students develop a rich understanding of elections.


Secondary/High School Civics/Government

The Keys to the White House
Allan J. Lichtman
Early in October 2016, the Keys election forecasting system was narrowly predicting the victory of a generic Republican candidate. Will this anything-but-generic presidential race vitiate the model?
Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Predicting the Outcome of an Election
Social Education Staff
This feature introduces three widely followed forecasting systems: prediction markets; projections based on economic indicators; and forecasts based on opinion polls.
Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Sources and Strategies
Helping Students Practice Listening Skills to Recognize Change and Continuity in Election Campaign Issues
Lee Ann Potter
A radio broadcast of Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater during the 1964 election campaign can spark an engaging classroom discussion on candidates, campaign issues, and the role of media in elections.
Secondary/High School

Campaign 2016: Turning Students into Voters Social Education Staff
Social Education Staff

This list of noteworthy websites can be used to teach students about election issues and how to fact check campaign rhetoric, as well as the Electoral College and voting procedures.


Secondary/High School Civics/Government

The Contest for Control of the Senate: Key Races to Watch
Social Education Staff
Tracking the Senate race in the classroom can spark a lesson on the Senate's role in shaping legislation, treaties, and judicial nominations, and on why a party's control matters.
Civics/Government

Setting the Stage for Civil Discourse
Karen Barss

The current divisive presidential election highlights the importance of teaching students the skills of constructive public discourse.


Developing Students’ Skills for Civic Discourse
Confronting Confirmation Bias: Giving Truth a Fighting Chance in the Information Age
Alan C. Miller
At a time when algorithms shape and filter our newsfeeds, teaching students news literacy—how to differentiate credible information from misinformation—has taken on unprecedented importance.
Secondary/High School
Developing Students’ Skills for Civic Discourse
Invoking History in Today's Politics
Jocelyn Stanton and Laura Tavares
Studying the Weimar Republic that gave way to the fascist Third Reich can help students make connections between the past and present and understand how history can inform our choices today.
Secondary/High School World History
Developing Students’ Skills for Civic Discourse
Understanding the Universe of Obligation: An Approach to Civic Responsibility
Dan Sigward
In the featured lesson, students explore the ways that individuals, groups, communities, and nations define who belongs and who does not.
Secondary/High School
Lessons on the Law
The U.S. Supreme Court: A Review of the Last Term, and a Look Ahead
Catherine E. Hawke
The Supreme Court's most recent term featured hot-button issues like abortion and affirmative action. In the new term, the Court will address voting rights, fair housing, and the First Amendment's religion clauses.
Secondary/High School Law Related Education

Do Not Throw Away Your Shot—Studying History with the Musical Hamilton
Andrea S. Libresco
The musical Hamilton offers rich opportunities for teaching about the American Revolution and the Constitution, but it can also serve as a springboard for teaching inquiry and historiography.
Secondary/High School US History

Whose Place is This Space? Exploring Place Perceptions and the Cultural Politics of Place through a Field-Based Lesson
Tricia Seow and Julian Chang
Using a school location as a starting point, this lesson addresses the question Whose place is this space? and explores how culture and experience can influence people's perceptions.
Secondary/High School Geography

A Geographic Perspective for Analyzing Primary Sources
Steve Jennings and Gale Olp Ekiss
A set of questions developed as an analytical tool can energize and deepen student investigations of historical maps.s
Geography
Surfing the Net
Teaching Comparative Religions in a Time of Crisis
C. Frederick Risinger
The recommended websites offer guidelines, resources, and lesson plans on teaching about the origins, history, and core beliefs of religions.

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