Social Education

Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With:” Teaching Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board


--Tiffany Middleton
A painting inspired by the 1960 court-ordered escort of Ruby Bridges into a New Orleans school offers an entry point into the study of the civil rights movement and a significant event in American legal history.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506329.pdf

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Encountering the Complicated Legacy of Andersonville


--James A. Percoco
Teaching about the Civil War through the study of historic sites, such as the Confederate prison at Andersonville, challenges students to wrestle with tough interpretations of American history.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506326.pdf

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Letter to President Harry Truman about the Murder of Harry T. Moore


--Megan Jones
The featured letter to President Truman about the murder of an NAACP official can be used as a springboard into the exploration of the civil rights struggle and violence, as well as the issue of presidential powers.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506322.pdf

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Evaluating Perspectives on Westward Expansion: Weighing the Evidence


--Stephanie Greenhut
A unique online tool helps students analyze documents from opposing perspectives, weigh each source’s significance, and come to evidence-based conclusions.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506317.pdf

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Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909


--Michael Hussey
The featured letter from a San Francisco couple seeking to help earthquake victims in Italy can serve as a jumping off point into the study of natural disasters and emergency relief efforts.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506314.pdf

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Confronting Stereotypes


--Carol Buswell
Primary-source documents can provide students with fresh perspectives on topics often laden with stereotypes—such as the issue of Native Americans and treaty rights.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506310.pdf

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Hear My Voice! Teaching Difficult Subjects with Graphic Organizers


--Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506301.pdf

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Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy


--Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506296.pdf

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“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier:” Ideas and Strategies for Using Music from the National Jukebox to Teach Difficult Topics in History


--Stacie Moats and Stephanie Poxon
As a favored outlet for self-expression, music is a valuable classroom resource for addressing complex topics such as different perspectives on war.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506291.pdf

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Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506284.pdf

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