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A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Social Education March/April 2012


The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2012
page: 57
This election prediction system, which looks at the most consequential events of a presidency to predict the candidate who will win the popular vote, points to success for Obama in 2012 regardless of how well the Republicans campaign. Secondary/High School Civics/Government
Teaching with Documents
Public Service Announcement about the 1940 Census
page: 62
A brief film created by the Census Bureau to encourage participation in the 1940 Census will enrich a lesson on the Constitution and fuel discussion on why the Framers saw fit to require a population count. Secondary/High School US History, Civics/Government
Looking at the Law
Perspectives: Are Voter Photo Identification Laws a Good Idea?
page: 66
The views of several experts on new, stricter voter identification laws can spark a lively student debate on whether such laws are necessary. Secondary/High School Civics/Government

The Fed and the U. S. Constitution: Too Much Independence?
page: 72
An examination of the history, structure, and function of the Federal Reserve System, will enlighten students about the historical debate on the constitutionality of a central bank. Secondary/High School Economics, Civics/Government

Interviewing the “Lost Generation” from Prince Edward County’s Closed School Era
page: 77
An oral history project by students in Southside, Virginia, exposes a neglected aspect of the civil rights movement—a generation of young people who were deprived of an education by segregationists. Secondary/High School US History
Surfing the Net
What I Learned At NCSS 2011
page: 82
The NCSS annual meeting offers a cornucopia of information on using the Internet and Web 2.0 resources to teach social studies. The author describes his top website choices. Secondary/High School

Teaching the Social Studies through Your Local Community
page: 85
This list of key resources for teaching about local government and public policy will enrich any lesson on civic education. Secondary/High School
Research and Practice
Around the World with Geospatial Technologies
page: 105
Geospatial technology is gaining global momentum. The authors highlight five case studies that showcase how educators are mobilizing GIS and GPS around the world. Secondary/High School Geography, Global Connections

Instructional Technology


Touch, Type, and Transform: iPads in the Social Studies Classroom
page: 88
These strategies for integrating iPads and other multi-touch technologies in the classroom will enable teachers to raise the level of student interaction and engagement during social studies lessons. Secondary/High School

Digital Reenactments: Using Green Screen Technology to Recreate the Past
page: 92
Web 2.0 tools and video technology have reshaped the way students carry out historical reenactments. Secondary/High School

Building Community through Shared Aesthetic Experience: A Multimedia Family History Project
page: 96
Advances in digital technology enable students to combine sight, sound, and text to create family projects that make history more personal. Secondary/High School

Democratic Use of Blogs and Online Discussion Boards in Social Studies Education
page: 100
Promoting online discussions via a dedicated blog promotes new interactions among students and engages them in meaningful democratic discussions. 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 New York State Toolkit and the Inquiry Design Model: Anatomy of an Inquiry

--Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant The Uncle Tom’s Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel to explore how words can affect public opinion. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906316.pdf
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College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History

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The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

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College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

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The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences - for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners - local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers to strengthen their social studies programs to a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines, b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens, and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standard

NCTA/ Georgetown Asia Days Professional Development Seminar

ASIA DAYS 2013 - 2014
National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Professional Development Seminar for K-14 Teachers

This Fall/ Winter, Georgetown University's East Asia National Resource Center will be hosting a NCTA professional development seminar, “Asia Days 2013 – 2014,” for K-14 teachers interested in expanding their knowledge and educational resources on East Asia. Seminar sessions will be held every other Saturday from 9AM – 12PM on Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C. starting from September 28, 2013.

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K-12 assessments from WA

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Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington state developed assessments for social studies K-12. These resources give a general rubric and structure to be used to assess social studies skills and content. Teachers choose their own specific topics and formats, and the rubric provides uniformity in scoring structure.

Scroll down to the table and look at the models that are provided for each subject area and grade level.

Organization website: 
www.k12.wa.us
Contact: 
Carol Coe
Contact email: 
Carol.coe@k12.wa.us
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Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments

Web Link to Resource: 

beyondthebubble.stanford.edu

Organization: 
Stanford History Education Group

Beyond the Bubble features new kinds of history assessments that allow teachers to gauge whether students have mastered key historical thinking skills. These innovative assessments, called History Assessments of Thinking (HATs), prompt students to answer questions about historical sources and to justify their reasoning in two or three sentences.
Most HATs can be completed in ten minutes, some in less than five. HATs allow teachers to get a quick sense of what students do and don’t know. Teachers can use this information to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their students.

Organization website: 
sheg.stanford.edu
Contact: 
Sam Wineburg
Contact email: 
sheg@suse.stanford.edu
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