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Social Education March/April 2013

Teaching with Documents

Searching for the Seventies: Photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUMERICA Project
Bruce Bustard and Lee Ann Potter

Examining key photos from a 1970s federal project can serve as a point of departure for an exploration of the national issues and environmental crises of that decade. Secondary/High School     US History


Understanding World Economic History
Robert Whaples

Students will gain a better understanding of the pre-modern world when they consider the role that new technologies and institutions played in the advances of modern societies. Secondary/High School    


The Economics of Government and the Fall of Rome
Tawni Hunt Ferrarini

Studying the economic choices of the Roman Empire prior to its collapse can highlight for students the relationship between government failure and economic failure. Secondary/High School    


Business in the Middle Ages: What Was the Role of Guilds?
William Bosshardt and Jane S. Lopus

The study of medieval guilds and their role in regulating trade provides opportunities for teaching key economic concepts in a historical context. Secondary/High School    


Why Didn't China Discover the New World?
Scott Wolla

A historic look at China and its early technological advances offers an excellent opportunity to incorporate economic lessons into the study of world history. Secondary/High School    


Tokugawa Japan and Industrial Revolution Britain: Two Misunderstood Societies
Lucien Ellington

A close study of Tokugawa Japan and Industrial Revolution Britain will correct textbook depictions and reveal societies that had pro-growth government policies and significant economic freedom. Secondary/High School    


The East India Company: Agent of Empire in the Early Modern Capitalist Era
Bruce Brunton

The English East India Company provides an excellent case study for a lesson on the complex dynamics and consequences of intertwined business-government relations. Secondary/High School    


Slavery and Free Markets: Relationships between Economic Institutions
Mark C. Schug

This look at the contradictions between economic freedom and slavery provides a comprehensive view of the institution of slavery in world and American history. Secondary/High School    


Visions of Inflation in World History: Ghost Story III
M. Scott Niederjohn, Mark C. Schug, and William C. Wood

In this sequel to ghost stories in previous issues of Social Education, Ben Bernanke has a dream that explores historic cases of hyperinflation as well as current inflation fears with two of the best-known economists in history. Secondary/High School    


Who Was Thaddeus Lee? Using the 1940 Digitized Census for Personalized Historical Inquiry
John Lee, Adam Friedman, Cheryl Mason Bolick, and Andy Mink

The release of the 1940 census can be used as a jumping off point into the study of personal, community, or state history in the post-Depression period. Secondary/High School    


Grand Challenges: Nanotechnology and the Social Studies
Meghan McGlinn Manfra

The featured lesson on nanotechnology encourages students to explore the role that science and technology play in our lives and to consider relevant social and ethical issues. Secondary/High School    


Taking It to the Street: Using QR Codes to Tell Student-Created (Hi)stories on Location
Mark van 't Hooft

Students become actively engaged in inquiry when they use digital tools to research local history and create stories accessible to the community through QR codes. Secondary/High School    


Getting to the Core: Using Digital Resources to Enhance Content-Based Literacy in the Social Studies
Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson

The digital resources selected here for using literature to teach social studies will help engage learners and enliven the discipline. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

The Globalization of Economics and How It's Changing Domestic Politics, International Relations, and Our Lives
C. Frederick Risinger

These highlighted websites will help classroom teachers and curriculum supervisors incorporate economic globalization into their curriculum and teaching. Secondary/High School    

Looking at the Law

Gideon v. Wainwright at Fifty: Lessons for Democracy and Civics
Kevin Scruggs

The case of Gideon v. Wainwright can serve as a point of entry into a classroom discussion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Secondary/High School     Law-Related