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Social Education January/February 2016

Social Education Cover January-February 2016
NCSS Notebook
We Walk the Talk! Kim O'Neil
Providing students with opportunities to take action will promote an engaged citizenry and ensure that our democracy thrives. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Ask a Colleague
Formative Assessment
Social Education launches a new discussion column with a conversation about formative assessment. Secondary Level    
Sources and Strategies
Developing Student Understanding of Cartographers' Purpose by Comparing Two 16th-Century Maps Cheryl Lederle, Danna Bell
The two featured 16th-century maps of the Americas can launch a classroom inquiry into the distinct goals that cartographers have when creating a map. Secondary Level     Geography
Lessons on the Law
Teaching Miranda v. Arizona at its 50th Anniversary Brooks Holland
Students get a valuable opportunity to debate the significance and purpose of Miranda rights by examining the Supreme Court case that led to the warning that police routinely issue. Secondary Level     Law-Related

The Keys to the White House: Forecast for 2016 Allan J. Lichtman
The Keys forecasting system has an outstanding track record in predicting the winner of the popular vote in U.S. presidential elections. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Socialism in the United States: Hidden in Plain Sight Robert Shaffer
As the presidential campaign of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders gains momentum, it is important for students to learn more about the history of socialism in the United States. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Point of View
Teaching in the Time of Trump Benjamin Justice, Jason Stanley
The divisive rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump presents a challenge for teachers covering the presidential primaries in their classrooms. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet Wins the Nobel Peace Prize Iftikhar Ahmad
Teaching about the Tunisian civil society group that won the Nobel Peace Prize offers a valuable entry point into an exploration of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution, the Arab Spring, and the principles of a pluralistic society. Secondary Level     Global Connections

Jamestown and Power Lines: Teaching Controversy in an Inter-Disciplinary Manner Brandon M. Butler, Stephen R. Burgin
By examining a local policy issue such as plans to build power transmission lines across the James River in Virginia, students can investigate significant questions related to urban sprawl and the environment. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

The Forgotten War in the Nuba Mountains Samuel Totten
The author's first-hand accounts of war in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan offer a jumping off point for a discussion of human rights and world responsibility in the classroom. Secondary Level     Global Connections, World History

Teaching Leadership to Girls: Action Examples from Eight Schools Sue Baldwin
At a time when there are too few women in key leadership positions, some schools have moved forward with programs to actively cultivate the potential of female students. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Surfing the Net
What I Learned in New Orleans at NCSS, 2015 C. Frederick Risinger
Teachers will find this list of noteworthy websites gathered at the NCSS annual conference invaluable for teaching with historical documents, exploring controversial issues, implementing the C3 Framework, and much more. Secondary Level    

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