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Social Education March/April 2016


Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson


Lessons on the Law

Legal Tender: A Tale of Two President Roosevelts and the 1933 Gold Double Eagle
Howard Kaplan

The history behind a present-day court battle over ownership of Depression-era gold coins provides a perfect segue into a classroom lesson on the 1933 banking crisis and U.S. laws regulating coinage. Secondary/High School     Economics, Law-Related, US History

Sources and Strategies

Analyzing Film to Begin Student Exploration of World War I Technology
Tom Bober

A short silent film highlighting war technology used by the regiments of Teddy Roosevelt's four sons can serve as a jumping off point into a lesson on World War I. Secondary/High School     US History

Teaching with Documents

Locked Up: Exploring Prisoner Rights and the Eighth Amendment
Greg Bognich

An examination of the two featured letters, one by a Leavenworth prisoner and the other by his warden, to President Wilson's attorney general, can spark an engaging study of America's criminal justice system and the Eighth Amendment. Secondary/High School     US History


Presidential Nominating Conventions: Unconventional This Year?
David Wolfford

Students can learn a great deal by examining the complicated system of party conventions and the key role that they play Secondary/High School     Civics/Government, US History


Why Has There Never Been a Woman President in the United States? An Inquiry Lesson
Mardi Schmeichel, Sonia Janis, Joseph McAnulty

The upcoming presidential election provides an excellent opportunity for students to examine the underrepresentation of women in American politics. Secondary/High School     US History, Civics/Government


Will the Economy Pick the Next President?
M. Scott Niederjohn, J.R. Clark, Ashley S. Harrison

This inquiry on whether the state of the economy impacts election results will give students an important understanding of the statistics used to measure the economy. Secondary/High School     Economics


The Fed-Watchers
Mark C. Schug, William C. Wood

It is important for students to understand how the actions of the Fed impact not only the interest rates for U.S. college, car, home, and credit card loans, but the world economy and its growth prospects as well. Secondary/High School     Economics

Point of View

If You Had One Tax Question to Ask the Candidates
John O. Fox

Reforming our tax laws poses enormous political challenges today, but a good start would be to teach students about the inequities in the U.S. tax system. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government, Economics

Surfing the Net

Social Bubbles: How They Prevent Students from Seeing Different Perspectives on Historical Events and Social Issues
C. Frederick Risinger

These quality websites can help teachers present historical and contemporary issues from all perspectives to balance the limited view students obtain from social media. Secondary/High School     US History

Special Section on Technology

A Slippage of Time: Using Rephotography to Promote Community-Based Historical Inquiry
Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson

Taking a repeat photograph, or then and now photo, of a site can engage students in the exploration of social, economic, and environmental changes over time. Secondary/High School     US History

Special Section on Technology

From Tweets to Telegrams: Using Social Media to Promote Historical Thinking
Jennifer E. Killham, Prentice Chandler

An examination in the classroom of well-chosen tweets not only illustrates how social media engages citizens in participatory democracy, but can spark enriching debates on current events. Secondary/High School     US History


Technology and Disciplined Inquiry in the World History Classroom
Meghan McGlinn Manfra, Jeff A. Greiner

Teachers can successfully integrate student-centered, disciplined inquiry, and technology into their classroom using the three-part approach to monitoring instruction described in this article. Secondary/High School     World History