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Social Education January/February 2013

NCSS Notebook
Facing the Issues 
John A. Moore
High School
Looking at the Law
How to Read a U.S. Supreme Court Opinion 
Tiffany Middleton
This detailed guide will help students understand how to decipher and analyze any U.S. Supreme Court opinion. High School Law-Related

Teaching Geography through Chinatowns: Global Connections and Local Spaces 
Li-Ching Ho and Tricia Seow
A comparison of the history and geography of different Chinatowns will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of stereotyping, migration, cultural diversity, and governance. High School
Surfing the Net
The Amazing Nellie Bly: Teaching about Women in United States History 
C. Frederick Risinger
These recommended websites will help teachers find excellent resources and lesson plans for teaching about women in history during Women's History Month and the entire year. High School
Spielberg's Lincoln Defines the President's Emancipation Legacy 
David Wolfford
The film Lincoln spotlights Abraham Lincoln's character and leadership and raises questions about the legislative process that enabled politicians to pass the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery. High School

The Hispanic Heritage of North America: Commemorating 500 Years

Introduction to the Special Section 
Guest Editor: Barbara C. Cruz
High School

Beyond La Niña, La Pinta, and La Santa María: The Invention and Mental Mapping of the New World 
Luis Martinez Fernandez

Approaching the encounter between Europe and the Americas as an intellectual rather than a physical discovery enables students to go beyond memorization to gain an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance ways of acquiring knowledge.

High School

Charting the Land of Flowers: Exploration and Mapmaking in Spanish Florida 
Rodney Kite-Powell
Two key maps that show the known world from the European perspective before Christopher Columbus's voyages illustrate the knowledge of intellectuals of that period and reveal tales of exploration, conflict, and change. High School

Borderlands of the Southwest: An Exercise in Geographical History 
Stephen J. Thornton
Standard accounts of U.S. history present a chronology of events that begins in the East and moves west. An alternative approach traces Spanish exploration and settlement in what is now the American Southwest.. High School

Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children 
Barbara C. Cruz

Learning about the 1960s exodus of Cuban children to the United States can engage K-12 students in the study of immigration and U.S.-Cuba issues. A sidebar by Mario Minichino offers mapping activities, guided imagery, and other teaching suggestions.

High School

500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children's Literature 
Jason L. O'Brien and Wolfram Verlaan
Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas. High School

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