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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. Secondary Level     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. Secondary Level     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. Secondary Level     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. Secondary Level    


The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

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


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. Secondary Level     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. Secondary Level     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. Secondary Level     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 Secondary Level     US History

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