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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/High School     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/High School     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/High School    

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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School