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Social Education September 2015


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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