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Social Education May/June 2009

George Washington's Printed Draft of the Constitution and Mike Wilkins's Preamble Lee Ann Potter and Elizabeth K. Eder
The featured artwork highlights the 52 words of the Preamble to the Constitution. The accompanying document shows, however, that these well known words underwent many changes before reaching their final form. Secondary Level     US History

The Reporter's Privilege Under Fire: Is the American Press Still Free? Natalie West

When students study the issue of reporter's privilege they will understand why the courts and legislatures still struggle to define this protection, more than 150 years after the first American reporter was jailed for refusing to reveal a source.

Secondary Level     Law-Related

Using Artifacts to Understand the Life of a Soldier in World War II Staci Anson
High school students in New Jersey practice artifact analysis and learn about soldier life in World War II when they interact with wartime relics, including medals, gas masks, ration coupons, and letters home. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
Integrating Literature and the Arts Using Internet Resources C. Frederick Risinger
The highlighted websites offer lesson plans, book lists, or other resources that can help teachers integrate literature and the arts into their social studies instruction. Secondary Level    

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards 2009
The 2008 award winners describe racial barriers in sports and military institutions, the immigrant experience, and the stories of selected female blues and jazz singers.    
Elementary Education
Folk in the History Classroom: Using the Music of the People to Teach Eras and Events Michael G. Lovorn
The featured lesson uses Woody Guthrie?s ?Dust Storm Disaster? to study the Dust Bowl from the perspective of those most affected. PreK-Elementary     US History
Research and Practice
Isn't Culturally Responsive Instruction Just Good Teaching? Kathryn Au
Culturally responsive instruction that builds on students? home and community experiences can improve academic achievement and increase chances for success. Secondary Level    

Increasing the Relevance: A Who Done It Mystery Nancy Peterson
This lesson describes a creative approach to teaching the judicial system with a simulated murder mystery. Secondary Level    

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