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Social Education October 2014

Sources and Strategies
Challenging Students to Differentiate between Election Returns and Results with a Memo and a Telegram from 1864
page: 208
The featured documents related to Abraham Lincoln's reelection provide an excellent entry point into a lesson on the historical impact of elections and resulting political action. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Term Review: Cell Phones, Protests, and Prayer
page: 212
A review of last term's Supreme Court cases can spur lively classroom discussion on issues such as technology and the Fourth Amendment, religion and workplace benefits, and prayer at public meetings. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Mapping Early American History: Beyond What Happened Where
page: 216
The three highlighted early American historical maps will provide students with important insight into the geographical understanding of people in the past and the implications of this limited knowledge. Secondary/High School
Research and Practice
Teaching Thoughtfully With and About Film
page: 220
Though film is sometimes considered a device for low-level intellectual work, these teachers demonstrate that authentic, rigorous pedagogy is possible Secondary/High School

Climate Change in the Social Studies Classroom: A Why and How to Guide Using the C3 Framework
page: 225
The inquiry process outlined in the C3 Framework provides an ideal structure for teaching about climate change and debating the roles of citizens and the government. Secondary/High School Geography

Simulating Global Climate Summits
page: 230
This classroom simulation gives students the opportunity to examine global perspectives on climate change, and the search for common solutions. Secondary/High School

Looking at World War I Propaganda
page: 235
Analyzing propaganda posters from World War I in the classroom enables students to advance their historical knowledge and gain critical media decoding skills. Secondary/High School
Surfing the Net
Teaching about (and with) Digital Global Citizenship
page: 241
These highlighted websites provide resources and lesson plans that will help classroom teachers integrate digital global citizenship concepts throughout the curriculum. Secondary/High School Global Connections

The Birth of a Nation Is Only the Beginning: The Travails of South Sudan
page: 243
Just three years since it broke away from Sudan, the new country of South Sudan is embroiled in a violent civil war. This article examines what went wrong and explores the challenges of building a new nation. Secondary/High School Global Connections

Ferguson Is About Us Too: A Call to Explore Our Communities
page: 248
The events in Ferguson, Missouri, can serve as a jumping off point into an exploration of students' own communities. Secondary/High School

The Battle for the Senate: Key Races to Watch
page: 254
With control of the Senate hinging on a few key races, this year's midterm election offers a unique opportunity to explore with students the importance of congressional control and our system of checks and balances. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Social Education November/December 2014

Sources and Strategies
Exploring the Legacy of Magna Carta with Students through Historic Images
page: 261
The two featured portraits of Revolutionary-era writer John Dickinson next to a book titled “Magna Charta,” can launch an enlightening lesson on the thirteenth-century charter´s influence on America´s founding documents. Secondary/High School World History
Lessons on the Law
Magna Carta at 800: Ten Key Questions Answered
page: 265
As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, Lessons on the Law provides an overview of the “Great Charter” and identifies teaching materials to engage students. Secondary/High School World History

Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address
page: 269
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. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Teaching with Documents
Education Equality: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
page: 274
The highlighted documents from Boston´s desegregation case can serve as a jumping off point into an engaging classroom study of education equality and civil rights. Secondary/High School US History

A New View of Civil War Photography
page: 280
Cutting edge digital techniques that add richer perspective to nineteenth-century Civil War photographs will challenge students´ preconceived ideas about the war and enrich classroom instruction. Secondary/High School US History

The C3 Framework: A Powerful Tool for Preparing Future Generations for Informed and Engaged Civic Life
page: 282
The C3 Framework not only provides crucial guidance for creating or bolstering social studies standards—it is extremely effective for curriculum planning and professional development. Secondary/High School

Civic Learning Success Stories: State Initiatives to Restore the Civic Mission of Schools
page: 286
The stories of these four state programs on civic learning will provide educators around the country with valuable information on how to advocate for restoring the civic mission of schools. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Democracy Education
Should Teachers Help Students Develop Partisan Identities?
page: 293
The authors examine whether schools should be helping students determine political affiliation, and spotlight the case of one high school where a legislative simulation requires students to do exactly that. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy
page: 298
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. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

NAFTA: The World´s Largest Trading Zone Turns 20
page: 306
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. Secondary/High School
Surfing the Net
Teaching about Freedom Using the Internet
page: 312
The websites highlighted in this column offer resources and lesson plans for exploring the concept of freedom in the classroom. Secondary/High School

Social Education January/February 2014

NCSS Notebook
The Revitalization of Social Studies
page: 5
The NCSS conference, continued advocacy, and the C3 framework are essential components of our efforts to revolutionize social studies education. Secondary/High School
Sources and Strategies
Strike up Student Interest through Song: Technology and Westward Expansion
page: 7
The featured photograph and works of music can launch an engaging lesson on the ways that technological advancements influenced westward expansion. Secondary/High School US History

They Should Have Sent a Poet: Deepening Students' Understanding of History Through the Use of Poetry
page: 16
The highlighted poems offer deep insights into three wars in which America was involved. Secondary/High School US History

Historical Fiction, the Common Core, and Disciplinary Habits of Mind
page: 20
Historical fiction draws students into the study of the past, enriches their understanding of events, and provides opportunities for cultivating historical analysis. Secondary/High School
Teaching with Documents
Records of Rights: A New Exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
page: 25
The National Archives' latest exhibit spotlights the struggles of Americans to define rights related to citizenship, free speech, voting, and equal opportunity. Secondary/High School US History
Looking at the Law
An Introduction to the International Court of Justice
page: 29
Studying the International Court of Justice and select cases can launch a stimulating class discussion about our increasingly interconnected world and the role of a global arbitrator. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Research and Practice
Achieving Authentic Pedagogy: Plan Units, Not Lessons
page: 33
Authentic pedagogy engages students and spurs them to produce work that has value and impact beyond school. Secondary/High School
Point of View
Another Look at AP
page: 38
Does the College Board's AP program deserve its reputation as the gold standard for preparing high school students for college success? Secondary/High School

Coaching Strategies for AP: Building a Successful AP European History Program
page: 40
A former baseball coach transfers strategies for building a team-oriented winning culture on the field to promoting academic excellence in the AP European History classroom. Secondary/High School World History
Surfing the Net
What I Learned at NCSS 2013
page: 45
The sessions at NCSS's annual conferences present a wealth of information. These websites offer valuable resources and lesson plans that build on some highlights of the 2013 conference. Secondary/High School
The Making of Campaign 2012: Collision 2012 and Double Down
page: 47
Two recently published books offer behind-the-scenes insight into the 2012 presidential campaign and can help teachers illustrate important electoral concepts. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Point of View
Proposed National Standards for Financial Literacy: What's In? What's Out?
page: 77
Financial education must go beyond focusing on the choices individuals face and examine the forces that shape and constrain these choices. Secondary/High School Economics

Social Education May/June 2014

Sources & Strategies
Teaching Students Sourcing and Contextualizing Strategies Using Newspapers and Lithographs
page: 104
The featured primary sources related to the impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the time of its publication provoke important questions that will deepen students' analytical skills and historical understanding. Secondary/High School
Looking at the Law
Poetic Justice: Law and Literature in the Classroom
page: 108
Connecting law and literature in the classroom enables students to tackle eternal dilemmas in the search for justice. Secondary/High School

Poems of the Great War: A Selection
page: 112
Examining the World War I poems presented here can serve as an excellent entry point for studying the causes, course, and effects of the war as its hundredth anniversary approaches. Secondary/High School

Inquiring about the Causes of World War I with Chronozoom
page: 117
What exactly sparked the First World War 100 years ago? An innovative timeline tool and creative teaching materials offer an engaging approach for teaching students about the complex causes. Secondary/High School

A Street Named for a King: A Lesson in the Politics of Place-Naming
page: 123
As students use geospatial technology to discover streets named for Martin Luther King, Jr., they learn about politics and social power as well as geography. Secondary/High School

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
page: 129
The 2013 Carter G. Woodson Award winners include books about Booker T. Washington's 500-mile trek to college, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil rights campaigns, Solomon Northup's kidnapping into slavery from his birthplace in New York. Secondary/High School

Teaching Social Studies Students to Write with Light Using the Documentary Filmmaking Process
page: 131
Documentary filmmaking weaves together reading, writing, speaking, and production skills, enabling students to communicate understanding of important ideas and issues in a compelling manner. Secondary/High School

Promoting Inquiry-Based Learning through National History Day
page: 138
The rigorous research projects that students undertake for National History Day teaches them to work like historians while developing skills needed to become active, engaged citizens. Secondary/High School US History
Surfing the Net
Using Virtual Field Trips, Music, and Art to Teach Social Studies
page: 143
The recommended websites feature ideas and lesson plans that will help teachers and curriculum specialists integrate social studies and the arts. Secondary/High School
Book Review
African American Baseball History and the Social Studies
page: 145
The featured book offers a valuable perspective on the importance of integrating sports into education. Secondary/High School US History

Social Education September 2014

Sources and Strategies
Encouraging Student Interest in the Economic Context of the Constitution with Continental Currency
page: 157
A close look at the featured currency issued by the Continental Congress can launch a lesson on the economic problems that preceded the drafting of the Constitution. Secondary/High School
Looking at the Law
What Constitution Day Means and Why it Matters
page: 160
Constitution Day offers an opportune time for students to explore the evolution of the founding document and examine its provisions for citizens’ rights and rules of government. Secondary/High School US History

Implementing the C3 Framework: Monitoring the Instructional Shifts
page: 165
The strategies outlined by the author for implementing the C3 Framework will help teachers strengthen the study of civics, economics, geography, and history. Secondary/High School

Re-Establishing Social Studies as a Core Subject
page: 170
The C3 Framework recognizes that inquiry is at the heart of social studies and that social studies classrooms should develop the ability to apply content knowledge to real-life issues. Secondary/High School

The C3 Framework: One Year Later
page: 172
In the first year since its release, many states have integrated the C3 Framework into their standards while others are in the process of incorporating the key tenets — inquiry, disciplinary literacy, student agency, and civic engagement — into state policy documents. Secondary/High School

Turning Students into Voters: What Teachers Can Do
page: 175
Teaching about the voting process and discussing current congressional campaign issues can boost student turnout for decades to come. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Research and Practice
Building the Civic Potential of Immigrant Youth
page: 179
Social studies teachers can play a critical role in fostering the civic development of immigrant youth. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Equal Protection, Immigration, and Education: Plyler v. Doe
page: 183
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. Secondary/High School
Point of View
Teaching about Personal Finance: The National Standards for Financial Literacy
page: 189
The financial literacy standards can help educators establish an academic base for the discipline of personal finance. Secondary/High School Economics
Surfing the Net
Teaching about World War I: “The War to End all Innocence”
page: 192
The highlighted websites offer important resources for teaching students about World War I during this hundredth anniversary year. Secondary/High School

Maleficent Reborn: Disney’s Fairytale View of Gender Reaches Puberty
page: 194
Recent Disney movies spotlighting intelligent female characters who work hard and do not define themselves in terms of men illustrate a major change from the formulaic fairy tales portraying female inferiority and dependency. Secondary/High School Social Sciences

Social Education March/April 2014

Sources and Strategies
Prompting Students to Contemplate Effective Communication with a Visible Speech Chart from the 1870s
page: 53
The featured document publicizing a nineteenth-century phonetic writing system can spark classroom research and exploration of communication tools from Visible Speech to Twitter and Google Translate. Secondary/High School
Teaching with Documents
Is Baseball Essential?: World War I and the National Pastime
page: 57
Documents related to baseball players and the military draft can launch a lesson on the American home front during World War I, as the 100th anniversary approaches. Secondary/High School US History
Looking at the Law
Apartheid on Trial: Mandela’s Rivonia Speech from the Dock, Half a Century Later
page: 63
Nelson Mandela’s words 50 years ago praising the ideal of a democratic society can serve as a jumping off point into a study of the anti-apartheid struggle. Secondary/High School
Research and Practice
Action Civics in the Classroom
page: 68
Direct civic engagement enables students to learn through citizenship rather than simply about citizenship and empowers them to take effective action in the future. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

Undoing Quantitative Easing: Janet Yellen's Tiger Ride
page: 73
The change in leadership at the Federal Reserve offers an opportunity for an exploration of economic policies such as quantitative easing and philosophies such as the Keynesian school of thought. Secondary/High School Economics

College Councils for the Social Studies: How to Support Our Newest Colleagues
page: 80
Councils for the social studies on university campuses offer unique services and activities and can be a great support to preservice teachers as they launch their teaching careers. Secondary/High School
Surfing the Net
A Website Buffet: Social Studies Sites that Encourage Higher-level Thinking
page: 84
These websites, gleaned from readers, personal research, and exhibits at NCSS, offer useful resources for teachers to encourage higher-level thinking and skills. Secondary/High School

Special Section on Instructional Technology

Democratic Twittering: Microblogging for a More Participatory Social Studies
page: 86
Social media services such as Twitter can be used to promote engaging, student-centered activities that facilitate a deeper understanding of content. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

From Freedom Riders to the Children's March: Civil Rights Documentaries as Catalysts for Historical Empathy
page: 91
These four documentary films can engage students in historical thinking, expand their capacity for empathy, and hone discussion and writing skills. Secondary/High School US History

Bringing the Cybersecurity Challenge to the Social Studies Classroom
page: 96
Engaging students in inquiries that explore the historical, ethical, and legal aspects of cybersecurity will increase their ability to address this pressing global issue. Secondary/High School

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

The 2009 award winners include books about a pioneer of Native American rights, the challenges faced by migrant families, the Jim Crow era, and the involvement of children in the civil rights movement.

The ReDistricting Game: Teaching Congressional Gerrymandering through an Online Simulation Game

An innovative online simulation game that spotlights the problem of gerrymandering can help students understand the congressional redistricting process.
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A Bus Ride Across the Mason-Dixon Line in the Era of Jim Crow

Students gain a deeper understanding of the segregation period through this classroom simulation, in which randomly-assigned cards determine whether volunteers sit or stand during a long, interstate bus trip.
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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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