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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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     World History

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