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Social Education May/June 2007

Democracy Education

From Banished to Brother Outsider, Miss Navajo to An Inconvenient Truth: Documentary Films as Perspective-Laden Narratives
Diana Hess

Documentary films are widely used in the social studies classroom. This column spotlights three films and explains why their explicit viewpoints can enhance classroom discussion and student learning. Secondary/High School    

Looking at the Law

Object Lessons: The Law of Cultural Property
James H. Landman

Many interests can be at stake in conflicts over cultural property. A close look at three recent cases can guide students to reflect on issues related to ownership and control of cultural property. Secondary/High School     Law-Related

Teaching with Documents

Letter by Stephen Decatur and Painting by Thomas Chambers Related to the War of 1812
Lee Ann Potter, Elizabeth K. Eder

This article pairs a textual document with a painting of the related 1812 sea battle, underscoring the value of visual images in fostering new insights about historic events, people, and ideas. Secondary/High School     US History

Teaching about Latin America through the Humanities


Stories from Afar: Using Children's and Young Adult Literature to Teach about Latin America
Barbara C. Cruz

Teaching about Latin America through prose, poetry, and picture books helps bring a human dimension to the study of the region. Secondary/High School     Global Studies


Bringing Latin America to Life with Films in the Classroom
Harry E. Vanden

Films and videos allow students to explore Latin American reality while prompting classroom discussions that deepen their understanding. Secondary/High School     Global Studies


The Flowering of Identity:Tracing the History of Cuba through the Visual Arts
Noel Smith

The study of Cuban art and architecture highlights unique aspects of the island's historyfrom prehistoric times through conquest and colonialism, to independence and revolution. Secondary/High School     Global Studies


Teaching Modern Latin America in the Social Science Curriculum: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Adriana Novoa

The creation of thematic units around such topics as ethnicity, progress, conflict, and migration, offers a valuable structure for teaching about a region as diverse as Latin America. Secondary/High School     Global Studies