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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 Level    
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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     Global Connections

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 Level     Global Connections

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 Level     Global Connections

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 Level     Global Connections

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