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Social Education March 2007


History Matters: An Institutional Approach Examination of the U.S. Constitution
Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Mark C. Schug

Studying the evolution of the Constitution can help young people appreciate how choices made by their ancestors continue to impact our economy today. Secondary/High School     US History


Why Did the Colonists Fight When They Were Safe, Prosperous, and Free?
Mark C. Schug

When historical events are framed as mysteries, students gain fresh insights into U.S. history topics, including the American Revolution. Secondary/High School     US History


The Founding Entrepreneurs: America's Prosperity
Gerald Gunderson

The entrepreneurs who spurred America's exceptional development offer students a model of what can be accomplished when individuals identify problems and seek productive solutions. Secondary/High School     US History, Economics


What Caused the Great Depression?
Jean Caldwell, Timothy G. O'Driscoll

A review of the three major schools of thought on the causes of the Great Depression provides deeper understanding of both the history of the Depression and basic principles of economics. Secondary/High School     US History, Economics


Lesson Whatdunnit? The Great Depression Mystery
National Council on Economic Education

This simulation activity offers clues to why the American economy went from unprecedented prosperity in the 1920s to unprecedented misery in the 1930s. Secondary/High School     Economics, US History


Cool Websites and Other Technology Resources for Teaching about the United States Economy
Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Joseph Calhoun

Electronic resources can be extremely effective in teaching economics. In this article, the authors highlight exemplary sites that foster economic understanding. Secondary/High School     Economics


Looking at the Law Seeking Good CreditAnd Keeping It
Katie Fraser

Teaching Activities by James H. Landman Secondary/High School     Law-Related, Economics

Teaching with Documents

Eyewitness Account of Dr. Robert King Stone, President Lincoln's Family Physician
Stacey Bredhoff

Teaching Activities by Lee Ann Potter Secondary/High School     US History


Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science
John A. Donnangelo

What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them. Secondary/High School     US History