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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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. High School World History

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