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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Social Education September 2018

This back-to-school issue of Social Education takes a lively look at contemporary and historic issues, with a special section on teaching students the skills they need to distinguish between facts, bias, and false information in media messages.
Editor's Notebook
Editors Notebook 
Michael Simpson
Lessons on the Law
Sports Betting in the States, and the Future of the Game 
John Wolohan
A recent Supreme Court decision legalizing sports betting throughout the United States can serve as an excellent springboard into a lesson on the Tenth Amendment and states' rights. High School Law-Related, Civics-Government

Comeback Season: The Power of Sports after Tragedy 
Megan Jones
From Pearl Harbor to 9/11, sports has played a significant role in helping Americans move forward in the face of tragedy. High School US History
Teaching with Documents
I Like Ike But ... 
Joel Walker
A personal letter from President Eisenhower to his older brother brings to light a number of issues ripe for classroom exploration ranging from Eisenhower's views on the Constitution to U.S. actions in 1953 aimed at securing access to Iranian oil. High School US History
Sources and Strategies
Motivating Student Appreciation of the Federalist Papers with a Handwritten Note by Thomas Jefferson 
Kaleena Black
An annotation by Thomas Jefferson in his copy of The Federalist can fuel intriguing questions for student exploration on The Federalist Papers and the meaning of the term federalist. High School US History, Civics-Government
Teaching the C3 Framework
Getting Inquiry Design Just Right 
Wayne Journell, Adam M. Friedman, Emma S. Thacker, Paul G. Fitchett
Creating an effective compelling question is the cornerstone of any inquiry that engages students with evidence in critical ways. High School US History, Civics-Government

Media Literacy


Fake News and Media Literacy: An Introduction 
Chris Sperry
This special issue of Social Education highlights established methodologies, research, and resources to enhance students' critical thinking and media literacy. High School Civics-Government

Misinformation in the Information Age: What Teachers Can Do to Support Students 
Erica Hodgin, Joe Kahne

Three educational approaches outlined in this article help young people develop the capacity to judge the accuracy and credibility of online information.

High School Civics-Government

An Assessment of Student Critical Thinking Skills 
The Lehman Alternative Community School
In this assessment, students examine a YouTube video, excerpts from an opinion article, and a webpage screenshot, before answering questions about each source's credibility and point of view. High School Civics-Government

Teaching Students to Navigate the Online Landscape 
Joel Breakstone, Sarah McGrew, Mark Smith, Teresa Ortega, Sam Wineburg
There is no silver bullet for combatting the forces that seek to mislead online, but we can equip students with a digital tool belt stocked with strategies. High School Civics-Government

News Literacy Lesson #1: There's Nothing New about Fake News 
Sox Sperry
If our students are to become engaged citizens, they must learn to ask questions about accuracy, credibility and bias, and to reflect on their own biases. High School Civics-Government

Hidden Biases and Fake News: Finding a Balance between Critical Thinking and Cynicism 
Elizaveta Friesem
When we recognize our own biases and encourage young people to do the same, we help students understand that there is a continuum of options between not trusting anybody and blindly trusting selected experts. High School Civics-Government

The Upside of Fake News: Renewed Calls for Media Literacy 
Peter Adams
The guiding principles outlined in this article are essential for teaching students to differentiate between misinformation and credible sources. High School Civics-Government

Facing Fake News: Five Challenges and First Amendment Solutions 
Anna Kassinger, Kirsti Kenneth
The First Amendment provides crucial context and offers a perfect lens for teaching students the skills of accessing, analyzing, and evaluating information. High School Civics-Government

To Create Media Literate Students, We Need to Start Making Media 
Rachel Roberson
Making media in the social studies classroom is an ideal way to teach students to be truly media literate. High School Civics-Government

Resources for Teaching News Literacy 
Jaclyn Siegel
The suggested resources in this article can help teachers develop students' media literacy skills. High School Civics-Government

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