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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/High School     Civics/Government

Ask a Colleague

Formative Assessment

Social Education launches a new discussion column with a conversation about formative assessment. Secondary/High School    

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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     Global Studies


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/High School     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/High School     Global Studies, 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/High School     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/High School