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Social Education May/June 2005


Editor's Notebook



Balancing Act: First and Sixth Amendment Rights in High-Profile Cases

James H. Landman
As media coverage of high profile cases continues to intensify, so have tensions between two of our most fundamental constitutional rights: the media’s right to observe and report on a trial, and the defendant’s right to an impartial jury.



Reel to Real: Teaching the Twentieth Century with Classic Hollywood Films

Karl A. Matz and Lori L. Pingatore
Classic films can serve as windows into the past. Like artifacts and photographs, films bring students closer to the people and events they are studying.

Surfing the Net


Take Your Students on Virtual Field Trips

C. Frederick Risinger
Students can travel to historical sites, explore museums, and study notable art without ever leaving their computers. The author recommends some exceptional websites for these virtual field trips.



Book Talks: Generating Interest in Good Reading

Thomas N. Turner
Presenting students with a variety of social studies-related fiction and nonfiction books can inspire them to read more and learn about issues from a range of perspectives.



Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

This year’s winners for outstanding nonfiction that focus on ethnic minorities and race relations include books on early civil rights reformers, a Japanese American family in an internment camp, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, migrant leader César Chavez, Lewis and Clark guide Sacagawea, and poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Perspective Matters: Social Identity and the Teaching and Learning of National History

Terrie Epstein and Jessica Shiller
Students’ identities and affiliations influence what and how much they learn from school subjects. Understanding this can help teachers build on students’ perspectives.



The Revolution in Kyrgyzstan: A Social Studies Educator's Eyewitness Account

William W. Wilen
Stranded in a former Soviet republic when anti-government riots paralyzed the country, a social studies professor offers a detailed account of the upheaval and considers how to utilize his experience in the classroom.



The Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Japan

Thomas Holmes
As the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki draws near, a classroom teacher shares four approaches to exploring this momentous event with students.



The Art and Science of Diplomacy: A World War I Activity

James J. Sheehan
This simulation of events leading up to World War I helps students understand the role of diplomats in managing international crises.

Film Review


Close Up on a Genocide: Rwanda, 1994

Sometimes in April
Reviewed by Jennifer Bauduy and Daly Valet

Book Review


The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2005

Reviewed by Syd Golston