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Social Education May/June 2008

Looking at the Law
Using Literature to Teach the Rule of Law  
James Landman
Some children's novels offer entertaining and provocative explorations of the rule of law that can engage students and increase their understanding of law. High School Law-Related
Teaching with Documents
Letter to, and Paintings by, George Catlin  
David Rosenbaum, Lee Ann Potter, Elizabeth K. Eder
A letter from the Secretary of War to painter George Catlin in the 1830s and Catlin's subsequent paintings of Native Americans in the West help students explore the encounter of two cultures. High School US History

Images of Struggle and Triumph: Using Picture Books to Teach about the Civil Rights Movement in the Secondary Classroom  
Karen H. Wilkins, Caroline C. Sheffield, Martha B. Ford, Barbara C. Cruz
Picture books often address complex topics and can provide a visually arresting approach for teaching secondary as well as special needs students. High School US History
Point of View
Behind the Mask: Social Studies Concepts and English Language Learners  
Terence A. Beck
As an adult student in a foreign country, the author gained a greater understanding of the challenges faced by English language learners. He offers teachers suggestions for creating an ELL-friendly classroom that benefits all students. High School

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards  

This year's winners spotlight experiences of sharecroppers, migrant workers, and the civil rights movement. High School

Legacy of the American West: Indian Cowboys, Black Cowboys, and Vaqueros 
S.Kay Gandy
Wild West shows helped construct the stereotypical image of the cowboy. But a study of this aspect of American culture reveals a rich history of men and women of many ethnicities. High School US History

Integrating Government and Literature: Mock Civil and Criminal Trials Based on To Kill A Mockingbird  
Lori Kumler, Rina Palchick
In a project that connected social studies classes with literature classes, students honed academic skills as they constructed mock trials from the events of a famous novel. High School Civics-Government, Law-Related

Dear Miss Breed: Using Primary Documents to Advance Student Understanding of Japanese Internment Camps  
Patrick Westcott, Martha Graham Viator
The authors highlight the Carter G. Woodson award winner Dear Miss Breedwhich recounts the stories of 19 children of Japanese descent interned in U.S. camps during World War IIas an excellent resource for studying the Japanese American wartime experience. High School US History

Welcome Home Annie: Rethinking Ellis Island and Annie Moore in the Classroom 
Mia Mercurio
The story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to be processed on Ellis Island, has (until recently) been recounted incorrectly. This article highlights the challenge of High School US History

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