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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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Social Education March/April 2012


The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2012
page: 57
This election prediction system, which looks at the most consequential events of a presidency to predict the candidate who will win the popular vote, points to success for Obama in 2012 regardless of how well the Republicans campaign. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Teaching with Documents
Public Service Announcement about the 1940 Census
page: 62
A brief film created by the Census Bureau to encourage participation in the 1940 Census will enrich a lesson on the Constitution and fuel discussion on why the Framers saw fit to require a population count. Secondary/High School US History, Civics/Government
Looking at the Law
Perspectives: Are Voter Photo Identification Laws a Good Idea?
page: 66
The views of several experts on new, stricter voter identification laws can spark a lively student debate on whether such laws are necessary. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

The Fed and the U. S. Constitution: Too Much Independence?
page: 72
An examination of the history, structure, and function of the Federal Reserve System, will enlighten students about the historical debate on the constitutionality of a central bank. Secondary/High School Economics, Civics/Government

Interviewing the “Lost Generation” from Prince Edward County’s Closed School Era
page: 77
An oral history project by students in Southside, Virginia, exposes a neglected aspect of the civil rights movement—a generation of young people who were deprived of an education by segregationists. Secondary/High School US History
Surfing the Net
What I Learned At NCSS 2011
page: 82
The NCSS annual meeting offers a cornucopia of information on using the Internet and Web 2.0 resources to teach social studies. The author describes his top website choices. Secondary/High School

Teaching the Social Studies through Your Local Community
page: 85
This list of key resources for teaching about local government and public policy will enrich any lesson on civic education. Secondary/High School
Research and Practice
Around the World with Geospatial Technologies
page: 105
Geospatial technology is gaining global momentum. The authors highlight five case studies that showcase how educators are mobilizing GIS and GPS around the world. Secondary/High School Geography, Global Connections

Instructional Technology


Touch, Type, and Transform: iPads in the Social Studies Classroom
page: 88
These strategies for integrating iPads and other multi-touch technologies in the classroom will enable teachers to raise the level of student interaction and engagement during social studies lessons. Secondary/High School

Digital Reenactments: Using Green Screen Technology to Recreate the Past
page: 92
Web 2.0 tools and video technology have reshaped the way students carry out historical reenactments. Secondary/High School

Building Community through Shared Aesthetic Experience: A Multimedia Family History Project
page: 96
Advances in digital technology enable students to combine sight, sound, and text to create family projects that make history more personal. Secondary/High School

Democratic Use of Blogs and Online Discussion Boards in Social Studies Education
page: 100
Promoting online discussions via a dedicated blog promotes new interactions among students and engages them in meaningful democratic discussions. Secondary/High School

Social Education May/June 2016

Editor's Notebook
Editors Notebook
page: 131
Ask a Colleague
Taking Informed Action
page: 132
In this installment of our newest column, a classroom teacher asks how to engage students in informed action when studying the distant past or ancient history. Secondary/High School World History

Listening for History: Using Jazz Music as a Primary Source
page: 134
Examining the content and context of works of music in the social studies classroom not only engages students in historical thinking but also teaches them to be active listeners. Secondary/High School US History
Lessons on the Law
The History of the Federal Judicial Appointment Process
page: 141
A review of the history of judicial appointments can serve as a jumping off point into a lesson on the judicial branch and the constitutional powers of the executive. Secondary/High School US History, Law Related Education
Sources and Strategies
Discovering Elements of Urban American Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century from a Children’s Book
page: 146
Rare or out-of-print children’s books such as the one featured in this article offer a unique glimpse into the early twentieth century and can be used to launch a lesson on urban culture in the Progressive Era. Secondary/High School US History

John Lewis's March, Book Two:Assessing the Impact of a Graphic Novel on Teaching the Civil Rights Movement
page: 151
Noteworthy graphic novels can facilitate differentiated instruction and engage students while they master content. Secondary/High School US History

Carter G. Woodson Book Awards, 2016
page: 157
Our award winners include books about one of the earliest African Americans elected to Congress, a former slave who became a teacher, and the lives and experiences of various Native American nations.

Bias, Bigotry, and Bungling: Teaching about the Port Chicago 50
page: 160
Investigating the court martial of African American sailors who refused to load munitions following a 1944 explosion can evolve into a valuable classroom lesson on confronting injustice. Secondary/High School US History
Surfing the Net
Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Studies
page: 166
These excellent websites describe teaching methods, activities, and assignments to deepen student understanding of content. Secondary/High School

Why OPEC is Still Relevant—Especially to the Social Studies
page: 168
This simulation on OPEC can help students adapt complicated economic concepts to real-life situations in an effective and engaging way. Secondary/High School World History, US History, Economics

River of Terror, Trial, and Triumph: Educating Students about the Mississippi River during the Civil War
page: 174
The highlighted primary sources and teaching activity offer a unique approach to teaching about the Civil War. Secondary/High School US History
NCSS Position Statement
Media Literacy
page: 183
NCSS Position Statement
Academic Freedom and the Social Studies Teacher
page: 186
NCSS Notebook
2015 House of Delegates Resolutions
page: 187

Social Studies Up!

At NCSS, we continue to advance our key objectives—to increase education resources, advance advocacy, grow our membership, and promote citizenship with the C3 Framework.

A Gift to America after 9/11: A Lesson for Young Learners

The present from the Maasai people to the American people described in a picture book offers an ideal opportunity for teaching young students about 9/11 in a manner that highlights global citizenship and compassion.
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Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden: The Background to September 11

Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
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Commemorating 9/11 in the Classroom 

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum provides educational resources that explore the ongoing impact of the September 11th attacks and the ways that volunteerism and art aid in healing, recovery, and rebuilding.
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Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits

The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
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