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Social Education January/February 2007

NCSS Notebook
Building the Relationships That Matter Peggy Altoff
By nurturing our professional relationships, we can increase public recognition of the vital role of social studies. Secondary Level    
Letters to the Editor
Leters to the Editor
Secondary Level    

Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus: A Banker Who Believes Credit is a Human Right Michelle Yvonne Szpara, Iftikhar Ahmad, Patricia Velde Pederson
The Nobel Committee's 2006 peace prize selectiona microfinance organization and its founderoffers teachers an opportunity to explore links between poverty and peace. Secondary Level     Global Connections

Using Music to Teach about the Great Depression Robert L. Stevens, Jared A. Fogel
Students will gain new perspectives on the socio-economic circumstances of the Great Depression through an analysis of song lyrics of the time. Secondary Level     Economics, US History
Point of View
Teaching about Genocide in a New Millennium James G. Brown
Should digital simulations be used to teach about such tragedies as the genocide in Darfur? Secondary Level     Global Connections

Congo: Elections and the Battle for Mineral Resources Social Education Staff
Teaching about current events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo can illustrate for students the connection between technologies we enjoy in the Westcell phones, laptops and play stationsand fighting in a mineral-rich nation. Secondary Level     Global Connections
Looking at the Law
Search and Seizure in the Schools Kari Staros, Charles F. Williams
Students will learn about key Fourth Amendment concepts and the extent to which the amendment's protections apply to their lives in and out of school. Secondary Level     Law-Related
Surfing the Net
Website Potpourri C. Frederick Risinger
The author provides a collection of noteworthy sites that can stimulate useful activities and projects for teachers and students. Secondary Level    

Comparing International Textbooks to Develop Historical Thinking John J. DeRose
This lesson plan offers students the opportunity to compare how American and Vietnamese textbooks portray specific events of the Vietnam War. Secondary Level     Global Connections, US History

The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease Diane Luke, Ann Winkler
By taking a closer look at various Yellow Fever outbreaks, the authors demonstrate for students the social, governmental, and economic impact of epidemics upon cities. Secondary Level     World History, Economics, Global Connections

Life Behind the Wall: Palestinian Students Online Doug Hart
English classes seemed boring to the author's tenth-grade Ramallah students, until they decided to launch the first Palestinian online youth magazine. Secondary Level     Global Connections
Book Review
How Robert Scheer's Playing President Might Help Remediate the Problem of Shallow Textbooks and Political Apathy Reviewed by James Michael
Mamer Books such as Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clintonand How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush can help raise awareness of contemporary politics and history. Secondary Level    
Book Review
Protective Custody: Prisoner 34042 Reviewed by Sanford Gutman
This memoir of a Holocaust survivor offers a unique perspective on the experience of women in concentration camps. Secondary Level    

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