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Social Education May/June 2006


Editor's Notebook



Searching for Addie: The Story behind a Famous Photograph

—Elizabeth Winthrop
A photo in a Lewis Hine child labor exhibit inspired the author to write a novel. Here, she describes her subsequent hunt through census records and dusty documents to trace the real life story of the 12-year-old textile mill worker in the photo.



Research and Practice

Caught between Invisibility and Stereotyping:
Teaching the Novel Shabanu
—Margaret Smith Crocco
Fictionalized accounts of women of the world offer one way to compensate for the absence of women in global education materials. But, as exemplified by the novel Shabanu, this approach brings with it a host of its own problems.



Creative Writing in the Social Studies Classroom: Promoting Literacy and Content Learning

—Hilve Firek
Creative writing not only advances important literacy skills but helps students reorder facts, reprocess information, and increase retention.



Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

The 2005 winners of outstanding nonfiction that focuses on ethnic minorities and race relations include books about slavery, discrimination, and the civil rights movement.



Elementary EducationSpecial Women in My Life: Strategies for Writing Women into the Social Studies Curriculum

—M. Gail Hickey and Don L. Kolterman
The lesson plans highlighted in this article will help teachers bring women into the social studies curriculum by integrating family stories and community-based interviews.


Surfing the Net

Teaching What We Should Be Teaching Using the Internet—

C. Frederick Risinger
The author reviews websites on a range of national and global issues—topics he believes essential to preparing students for effective citizenship in a democratic society.



The Tales of the Dogs: Integrating Social Science Concepts and Technology

—Francie Keller Shafer, Louise Stearns, and Joe Kallo
This creative project, involving three traveling Beanie Baby dogs, helps students refine geographical mapping skills as they record their dog’s travel across the state.


Looking at the Law

Bioethics and the Stem Cell Research Debate—

Robyn S. Shapiro
Ethical issues in science and medicine continue to be at the center of a charged debate—with stem cell research becoming a significant political issue. Increasingly, the law is serving as a key forum for the evolution of this debate.



The Tenth Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide

—Samuel Totten
Has the international community learned lessons from past genocides? The author traveled to Srebrenica, 10 years after the Serb-orchestrated genocide, and spoke with survivors and others about the tragedy s impact.