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Social Education January/February 2017

Cover January/February 2017 Social Education

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson


NCSS Notebook

Education for Democracy
Peggy Jackson

We must continue to ensure that our students understand their civic engagement is essential to safeguarding our freedoms.    

Lessons on the Law

The Birth of a Nation, Nat Turner, and Slave Trials: A Teaching Moment for Social Studies Teachers
H. Robert Baker

The recent movie The Birth of a Nation, in conjunction with primary sources about Nat Turner's rebellion, can be an excellent jumping off point into a lesson on slavery, public law, and private power.

Secondary/High School     Law-Related, US History

Sources and Strategies

Constructing a Narrative with Students about Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks from Her Notes
Cheryl Lederle

A close look at Rosa Parks's handwritten notations on the program from a Montgomery bus boycott event can engage students into a deeper study of Parks, the boycott, and the civil rights movement.     US History


The Status of Black History in U.S. Schools and Society
LaGarrett J. King

This special issue offers approaches for improving the teaching of Black history.

    US History


Why Do We Focus on Firsts? Problems and Possibilities for Black History Teaching
William L. Smith

Focusing on barrier-breaking individuals in teaching about history not only fosters hero-worshipping, but ignores the power of groups in initiating broad social change.

    US History


Critical Race Theory Meets Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Advancing a Critical Sociohistorical Consciousness for Teaching and Curriculum
Anthony L. Brown, Keffrelyn D. Brown, Angela Ward

The featured lesson examines the role that race played in the history of the United States and in the decision-making of President Lincoln during the Civil War. Secondary/High School     US History


The Long Civil Rights Movement: Expanding Black History in the Social Studies Classroom
Andrea M. Hawkman, Antonio J. Castro

The lesson presented in this article offers an expansive view of Black history, which moves beyond the limited focus on slavery, reconstruction, and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Secondary/High School     US History


Nannie Helen Burroughs and Institution Building: Reclaiming the History of Black Women in the Social Studies Curriculum
Alana Murray Christine Woyshner

Studying the school for young Black women founded by Nannie Burroughs can launch an engaging discussion on institution building as a tool for social justice.

Secondary/High School     US History


Who is Afro-Latin@? Examining the Social Construction of Race and Négritude in Latin America and the Caribbean
Christopher L. Busey, Bárbara C. Cruz

Examining an eighteenth-century casta painting offers a perfect entry point into a lesson on the social construction of race in Latin America. Secondary/High School     World History


African American History Textbooks on the Market: Suggestions for Teachers and School Districts.
Crystal Simmons

The author offers an in-depth review and analysis of two prominent African American history textbooks and offers guiding questions for teachers selecting textbooks to use in class.     US History


A Polar Explorer, A Pilot, and a Pitcher: Black History in African American Children's Literature
Jonda C. McNair

The highlighted notable books illustrate the many ways that African American children's literature can be integrated into a range of units of study.     US History


Black History Full Circle: Lessons from a Ghana Study Abroad in Education Program
Cynthia Dillard, Kristen L. Duncan, LaToya Johnson

A study abroad program in Ghana helps preservice teachers gain new perspectives and develop culturally relevant educational practices. Higher Education    


Engaging Digital Humanities: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Nafees M. Khan

Students can use the large Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database to conduct research and discover the scope of the slave trade over four centuries. Secondary/High School     US History, World History, Geography


Helping Students Negotiate Prior and New Knowledge about Africa
Ashley N. Woodson, Øscar Medina

African American history museums are valuable resources for challenging, complementing, or extending the information about Africa that students see in school and society.     US History, Geography


Let's Talk! Teaching Race in the Classroom
Candra Flanagan, Anna Hindley

Teachers can use specific tools and strategies highlighted in this article to foster open, honest, and productive dialogues on race and identity in an educational setting.


Surfing the Net

What I Learned in Washington, D.C., at NCSS, 2016
C. Frederick Risinger

The author, who has attended the NCSS annual conference for more than four decades, highlights key websites with outstanding resources from the most recent conference.