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Social Education January/February 2009

NCSS Notebook
Embracing the Future through Social Studies Michael M. Yell
Today's educators must deliver instruction that is forward-looking to equip our students with the skills and perspectives needed in this fast-changing world. Secondary Level    
Teaching with Documents
Child's Letter to President John F. Kennedy about Physical Fitness Missy McNatt
The featured letter from a nine-year-old boy to JFK will highlight the need to promote physical fitness in our schools, and can ignite class discussions of issues such as federalism, Title IX, and the overall health of Americans. Secondary Level     US History

The Baghdad That Was: Using Primary Sources to Teach World History Joan Brodsky Schur
The documents presented here will help students imagine Baghdad at its height as a hub of civilization under the Abbasid Empire. Secondary Level     World History
Looking at the Law
Abraham Lincoln: American Lawyer-President Brian Dirck
Teaching Activity by Tiffany Willey Secondary Level     US History
Surfing the Net
Apocalypse When? How to Teach about Human Survival Using the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
The selected websites provide information and lesson plans for educating students about the looming food crisis, soil degradation, and other natural forces threatening humankind. Secondary Level     Social Sciences

Get in the Groove, Let's Make a Move!: Students in Israel Confront a Transition with Service Learning Abigail S. Chill
Faced with the challenge of a school move, eleventh-grade students take on the roles of photographers, mapmakers, researchers, artists and public speakers to help prepare their school community for the transition. Secondary Level    

The Civil War Battle That Helped Create a State Kay A. Chick
What makes an event worthy of the history textbooks? In this lesson, students study a little-known Civil War battle to broaden their understanding of historical significance. Secondary Level     US History
Point of View
Teaching Social Studies as a Subversive Activity Charles L. Mitsakos, Ann T. Ackerman
The constraints created by NCLB and under-performing textbooks mean that teachers have to devise new ways to advance education for democracy. Secondary Level    
Research and Practice
Authentic Intellectual Work: Common Standards for Teaching Social Studies M. Bruce King, Fred M. Newmann, Dana L. Carmichael
Students who have the opportunity to construct knowledge, rather than simply reproduce what they have been given, experience far greater learning, engagement, and achievement. Secondary Level    

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