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Social Education, our flagship journal, contains a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas. The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant social studies-related topics, and lesson plans that can be applied to various disciplines. Departments include Looking at the Law, Surfing the Net, and Teaching with Documents. Social Education is published 6 times per year: September; October; November/December; January/February; March/April; and May/June

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September 2015
Volume 79, Number 4

Editor’s Notebook

Democracy Education
Should High School Students Be Required to Pass a Citizenship Test?
Diana E. Hess, Sam Stone, and Joseph Kahne
Two experts on youth and civic participation present very different views on the controversial proposal to require high school students to pass the “INS” test.

The Right First Step
Sam Stone
These 100 basic questions are the bare minimum of knowledge a person needs to begin understanding how our government works and who we are as a people.

Don’t Turn Civic Education into a Game of Trivial Pursuit
Joseph Kahne
Memorizing the answers to 100 questions might prepare students for a game of Jeopardy!, but it won’t promote good citizenship.

Formative Assessment Using Library of Congress Documents
Joel Breakstone, Sam Wineburg, and Mark Smith
Classroom-ready tasks that foster historical thinking provide quick feedback about student understanding when it is most useful—during the course of a unit.

Sources and Strategies
Deepening Student Understanding of the Debate over the Constitution through a Description of a Grand Procession
Stephen Wesson
The featured document from a parade to celebrate the Constitution can serve as an engaging entry point into a lesson about the founding document and the campaign for ratification in 1788.

Teaching with Documents
Prequel to Independence: Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World?
Annie Davis
The 1775 deposition from a militia commander at Lexington, featured in this article, can be used to spark student inquiry about why the American colonials decided to go to war.

Teaching Argument Writing and “Content” in Diverse Middle School History Classrooms
Chauncey Monte-Sano, Susan De La Paz, and Mark Felton
Activities such as the Shays’ Rebellion investigation outlined in this article enable students to develop inquiry and literacy practices as they integrate critical reading, historical thinking, and argument writing.

Lessons on the Law
Mandated Reporting and the Confrontation Clause: When are Teachers like Police Officers?
Phillip Trobaugh
A study of the Supreme Court case, Ohio v. Clark, about suspected child abuse reported to authorities by teachers, can ignite a stimulating classroom debate about the Sixth Amendment right to confront one’s accuser.

Secondary Sources in History Classrooms: Disciplinary Frameworks and Student Learning
Dave Neumann
Secondary sources provide students valuable insight into historians’ arguments, showing how they disagree, and how events of the present shape interpretation of the past.

Surfing the Net
Websites Teachers Should Have Access To and Follow
C. Frederick Risinger

The highlighted websites and programs offer wide-ranging information that will enrich classroom teaching.

Essential Books for Teaching about Armenian Culture and the Armenian Genocide
Sara Cohan
This annotated list of books and resources can help teachers implement innovative lessons during the 100th anniversary year of the Armenian genocide.

Elementary Education
Introducing Civic Activism in the Elementary Classroom: Case Studies Using Books on Non-Violence and Social Justice
Mary E. Haas and Robert A. Waterson

Teachers can advance the literacy skills and civic awareness of their students through the use of children’s literature on non-violent campaigns to obtain social justice.


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