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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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May/June 2015
Volume 79, Number 3

Editor’s Notebook

Sources and Strategies
Connecting Students to Local Communities through the Work of the Federal Writers’ Project and Zora Neale Hurston
Rebecca Newland
The featured documents from a WPA project that employed authors to write state travel guides will spark student interest in local history and can help launch a lesson on the Great Depression and New Deal programs.

Teaching with Documents
Freedom of Speech in Times of War: The Sedition Act of 1918
Annie Davis
The records of an immigrant accused of sedition during World War I can spark a classroom debate about national security and freedom of speech.

Special Section: Human Rights
Guest Editor: Rosemary Blanchard

Background and Introduction: Lesson Plans on Children’s Rights
William R. Fernekes and Noel Baxter
Studying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will engage students developing questions and planning inquiries about the situation of children worldwide.

What are Human Rights and How Can We Ensure Them?
Daniel Valentine
This high school lesson plan introduces two essential UN human rights documents and challenges students to reflect on the causes of child exploitation and ways to reduce violations of children’s rights.

Child Labor and Consumerism
Sacha Batra
In this lesson, middle school students consider the links between consumer decisions and child labor.

Becoming Ethical Consumers and Making Wise Economic Choices
Tracy Schottanes
Elementary students learn to distinguish between a need and a want and contemplate how their decisions as consumers affect other children.

Center Pullout Section (this can be found under Notables on the NCSS website)
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
This pullout includes the latest annotated list of exceptional books for young people that explore social studies themes.

Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
The 2014 and 2015 Carter G. Woodson Award winners include books about a Charleston jazz band of African American orphans; a Navy disaster that exposed the injustices of military segregation; and Sylvia Mendez and Barbara Johns, who waged desegregation battles on separate coasts.

More than Superheroes and Villains: Graphic Novels and Multimodal Literacy in Social Studies Education
Caroline C. Sheffield, James S. Chisholm, and Penny B. Howell
The visual and textual techniques combined in graphic novels make these books ideal for teaching multimodal literacy, social studies content, and the process of crafting a historical narrative.

What Are They Thinking? Student Interviews Inspire Strong Social Studies Curriculum
Katy M. Swalwell
Finding out students’ thoughts and feelings about class topics should be an essential part of any curriculum planning process.

Surfing the Net
Effective Integration of the Arts into the Social Studies
C. Frederick Risinger
The selected websites offer resources and ideas for incorporating the arts with traditional social studies content.

Lessons on the Law
Monkeying around with Selfies and U.S. Copyright Law
Anderson Duff
The story of an Indonesian macaque who snapped “selfies” with a photographer’s camera can serve as a jumping off point into an engaging lesson on intellectual property and the concept of copyright.

NCSS Position Statement
Human Rights Education: A Necessity for Effective Social and Civic Learning

NCSS Notebook
2014 NCSS House of Delegates Resolutions


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