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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 Level    
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 Level     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 Level     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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    
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 Level    
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 Level    

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 Level    

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