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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. High School
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. High School 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. High School
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. High School 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. High School 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. High School
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. High School

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. High School 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. High School 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. High School

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