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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/High School    

Letters to the Editor

Leters to the Editor

Secondary/High School    


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/High School     Global Studies


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/High School     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/High School     Global Studies


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/High School     Global Studies

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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School     Global Studies, 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/High School     World History, Economics, Global Studies


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/High School     Global Studies

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/High School    

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/High School