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Social Education January/February 2008

NCSS Notebook

Crossing Borders, Building Bridges
Gayle Y. Thieman

Through collaboration and involvement, we can meet the five critical challenges facing social studies educators today. Secondary/High School    


The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2008
Allan Lichtman

Students will comprehend the many factors that influence an election when they analyze why this successful prediction system forecasts a popular vote victory for the Democrats in 2008. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Teaching with Documents

Summer Schedule and The Fishin' Season: Cartoons by Clifford Berryman
Christine Blackerby

The two featured political cartoons will stir classroom debate on how presidential election campaigns are planned. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Surfing the Net

Teaching Historical Analysis and Thinking Using the Internet
C. Frederick Risinger

The websites highlighted in this column offer lesson plans, activities, and resources for teaching students to analyze the past and make better decisions about the future. Secondary/High School     US History, World History

Research and Practice

High Quality Civic Education: What Is It and Who Gets It?
Joseph Kahne, Ellen Middaugh

If our democracy is to fulfill its promise of enabling citizens to participate fully and equally, we must do more to address why schools often fail to provide equal access to civic learning opportunities. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Looking at the Law

Across the Color Line: Diversity, Public Education, and the Supreme Court
Michelle Parrini

This review of key Supreme Court cases dealing with school integration can foster class discussion on racial progress and the role of the courts in determining educational policy. Secondary/High School     Law-Related


Lessons from History: Defining Moments in the American Presidency and Foreign Policy
Ann Claunch

A close look at two critical presidential moments of the twentieth century will help students grasp the significance of foreign policy in an election contest. Secondary/High School     US History

A Special Section: Natural Disasters


Addressing Student Trauma in the Wake of California Wildfires
Valerie Ooka Pang, Marcelina Madueo, Miriam Atlas, Tamiko Stratton, Jennifer Oliger, Cindy Page

Although natural disasters occur with alarming frequency, most citizens are unprepared. The authors outline strategies for handling unexpected catastrophes and facilitating student healing. Secondary/High School    


How Schools Can Help: California Teachers Recall the Wildfires
Dana Riggs, Marcelina Madueo, Miriam Atlas

Three San Diego teachers describe how sharing stories and volunteer work helped students recover from the wildfires and gain a greater sense of community. Secondary/High School    


Weathering Natural Disasters with a Net of Safety
Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson

With the right resources, teachers can foster safe and supportive environments for children coping with the trauma of natural disasters. Secondary/High School