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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/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/High School    


The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

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