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Social Education January/February 2011


Redefining the Vistas of Social Studies
Steve Goldberg

By enhancing our professional organization and stepping up our advocacy, we can place social studies firmly in the foreground. Secondary/High School    

Teaching with Documents

Draft of the U.S. Constitution (August 1787) and Schedule of the Compensation of the Senate of the United States (March 1791)
Michael Hussey and Stephanie Greenhut

The two featured documents can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive. Secondary/High School     US History


Perspectives: Should Mandatory Voting Laws be Implemented in the United States?
Norman Ornstein, Vassia Stoilov

In two distinct essays, voting and elections experts Norman Ornstein and Vassia Stoilov consider whether compulsory voting laws in the United States are the solution to low voter turnout. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government, Law-Related


An Approach to Integrating Writing Skills into the Social Studies Classroom
Veronica M. Zagora

When teachers incorporate writing regularly in the social studies classroom, students not only become better prepared for reading and writing assessments, but gain a deeper comprehension of social studies content. Secondary/High School    


Teaching about Racial Segregation in Postwar America using Black Like Me
Richard L. Hughes

The memoir of a white journalist who disguised himself as an African American in the pre-civil rights South provides students with greater insight into the evolution of segregation in American society. Secondary/High School    


Free Markets, Government Intervention, and Homework Passes: An Economics Simulation for the History Classroom
Ron Woolley

Students gain a greater understanding of both free market and government-controlled economics when they are forced to consider the distribution of a scarce classroom resource. Secondary/High School    


Using Community Cookbooks as Primary Sources
Cynthia Williams Resor

A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Studies
C. Frederick Risinger

This list of recommended websites includes websites on teaching methods and student achievement as well as sites that offer lesson plans and instructional strategies that exemplify these methods. Secondary/High School    

Research and Practice

Keeping, Making, and Building Peace in School
Kathy Bickmore

The approaches to conflict management that our schools select can either encourage the deepening of democracy or reproduce social inequality. Secondary/High School    


Political Civility in the Age of Reagan
Janet Tran with Tony Pennay and Krista Kohlhausen

The centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth offers an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the importance of political civility. Secondary/High School