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Social Education March/April 2015

Sources and Strategies

Inviting Students to Consider Possible Research Paths Suggested by an Article, a Photograph, and a Sound Recording from the Nineteenth Century
Lee Ann Potter

The featured article, photographs, and related sound recordings can serve as a jumping off point into the study of a range of topics including westward expansion, the age of invention, and Native American culture.    

Lessons on the Law

The Second Act: Will America Get A Right To Be Forgotten?
Michelle A. Silverthorn

The European Union's new guidelines on the right to have personal information removed from the Internet can be used to launch an enriching classroom debate about free speech versus privacy rights.    

Surfing the Net

Teaching about How Inventions and Technology Have Changed U.S. History
C. Frederick Risinger

These selected websites provide information and lesson plans to study the ways in which technological changes have shaped American history and culture.    

Special Section on Economics: Teaching about Money and the Fed


Meet Janet Yellen: AP Economics Teacher Martha Rush Interviews the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

The new Fed chair answers questions from an experienced economics educator on teaching about monetary policy and financial education.    


Considering the Times: Resources for Teaching Economic and Financial Literacy in Light of the Great Recession
Mary C. Suiter and Scott A. Wolla

These Federal Reserve System resources will help teach students the essential skills to make sound economic decisions.    


Five Fundamental Misunderstandings Students Have about Money and the Fed and What to Do About It
Jane S. Lopus and Kristen McDaniel

The authors correct five major misunderstandings about the function of the Federal Reserve and offer suggestions for teaching about these concepts.    


Three Key Episodes in American Financial History
Mark C. Schug, Mary C. Suiter, and William C. Wood

When economics is integrated into the study of history, students gain a much deeper understanding of the way in which monetary policies changed in the decades before the Great Depression.    


Too Low? For Too Long? Ghost Story IV
M. Scott Niederjohn, Mark C. Schug, William C. Wood

In this fourth installment of a series of imaginary conversations between the Chair of the Federal Reserve System and renowned economists, Janet Yellen discusses interest rates and the direction of U.S. monetary policy with John Kenneth Galbraith and Friedrich A. Hayek.    


Is Bitcoin the Money of the Future?
M. Scott Niederjohn, J.R. Clark, Ashley S. Harrison

As a virtual currency, Bitcoin has many attractive features, but its drawbacks may prevent it from becoming a global currency.    

Special Section on Technology: Developing Multiliteracies in the Social Studies


More Substance, Less Hype: Using Digital Texts to Support Diverse Readers
Sarah Lundy

When students read texts on digital devices, they have access to a range of learning supports such as text narration, video sidebars, or word definitions.    


Linking Literacies, Popular Culture, and Citizenship: Using Digital Book Clubs in Social Education
Jason K. Ritter, Terri L. Rodriguez, Alexandra O. Santau, and Casey O'Donnell-Chavis

Creating classroom book clubs with e-readers helps connect adolescent interests, digital literacies, and content area academic goals.    


With Their Voice: Constructing Meaning with Digital Testimony
Brandon J. Haas, Michael J. Berson and Ilene R. Berson

Students become actively engaged with Holocaust survivors through personal narratives on the USC Shoah Foundation website and can embark on video activities that deepen their comprehension of genocides.    


Student Documentaries Based on the C3 Framework
Meghan McGlinn Manfra and Seth Brown

Engaging in inquiry and documentary creation related to the lives of children during the Holocaust helps young people confront the complex issues raised by genocide.