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Social Education March/April 2014

Sources and Strategies
Prompting Students to Contemplate Effective Communication with a Visible Speech Chart from the 1870s Lee Ann Potter
The featured document publicizing a nineteenth-century phonetic writing system can spark classroom research and exploration of communication tools from Visible Speech to Twitter and Google Translate. Secondary Level    
Teaching with Documents
Is Baseball Essential?: World War I and the National Pastime Kris Maldre Jarosik, Jenny McMillen Sweeney
Documents related to baseball players and the military draft can launch a lesson on the American home front during World War I, as the 100th anniversary approaches. Secondary Level     US History
Looking at the Law
Apartheid on Trial: Mandela’s Rivonia Speech from the Dock, Half a Century Later Howard Kaplan
Nelson Mandela’s words 50 years ago praising the ideal of a democratic society can serve as a jumping off point into a study of the anti-apartheid struggle. Secondary Level    
Research and Practice
Action Civics in the Classroom Meira Levinson
Direct civic engagement enables students to learn through citizenship rather than simply about citizenship and empowers them to take effective action in the future. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Undoing Quantitative Easing: Janet Yellen's Tiger Ride M. Scott Niederjohn, Mark C. Schug, William C. Wood
The change in leadership at the Federal Reserve offers an opportunity for an exploration of economic policies such as quantitative easing and philosophies such as the Keynesian school of thought. Secondary Level     Economics

College Councils for the Social Studies: How to Support Our Newest Colleagues Tina M. Ellsworth, Joe O'Brien, John Moore
Councils for the social studies on university campuses offer unique services and activities and can be a great support to preservice teachers as they launch their teaching careers. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
A Website Buffet: Social Studies Sites that Encourage Higher-level Thinking C. Frederick Risinger
These websites, gleaned from readers, personal research, and exhibits at NCSS, offer useful resources for teachers to encourage higher-level thinking and skills. Secondary Level    

Special Section on Instructional Technology

Democratic Twittering: Microblogging for a More Participatory Social Studies Daniel G. Krutka
Social media services such as Twitter can be used to promote engaging, student-centered activities that facilitate a deeper understanding of content. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

From Freedom Riders to the Children's March: Civil Rights Documentaries as Catalysts for Historical Empathy Lisa Brown Buchanan
These four documentary films can engage students in historical thinking, expand their capacity for empathy, and hone discussion and writing skills. Secondary Level     US History

Bringing the Cybersecurity Challenge to the Social Studies Classroom Michael J. Berson, Ilene R. Berson
Engaging students in inquiries that explore the historical, ethical, and legal aspects of cybersecurity will increase their ability to address this pressing global issue. Secondary Level    

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