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Social Education May/June 2010

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
The 2009 award winners include books about a pioneer of Native American rights, the challenges faced by migrant families, the Jim Crow era, and the involvement of children in the civil rights movement. Middle Level, Secondary Level    
Looking at the Law
Trials as Stories: Teachable Trials in the Social Studies Curriculum Mark S. Weiner
Dramatic landmark trials can be powerful tools for teaching key principles at the core of democratic citizenship. Secondary Level     Law-Related
Teaching with Documents
It is My Desire to be Free: Annie Davis's Letter to Abraham Lincoln and Winslow Homer's Painting A Visit from the Old Mistress Michael Hussey and Elizabeth K. Eder
A study of the featured document and painting will give students a greater understanding of the multi-step process of emancipation and the changing relationship that developed between freed slaves and former slave owners. Secondary Level     US History

Remember The Alamo? Learning History with Monuments and Memorials Alan S. Marcus and Thomas H. Levine
Studying monuments and the political, ideological, or social perspectives they represent advances students' historical thinking skills while highlighting for them the subjective nature of history. Secondary Level    

A Living History Classroom: Using Re-Enactment to Enhance Learning Mark L. Daniels
Teachers and students can bring history to life by donning period clothing or carrying objects common in past eras to engage students and enhance classroom presentations. PreK-Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary Level     US History
Surfing The Net
Using Online Field Trips and Tours in Social Studies C. Frederick Risinger
While cuts in funding have forced schools to reduce supportive activities like field trips, students can benefit greatly from noteworthy virtual tours, such as those highlighted here. Secondary Level    

Mapping a Crisis, One Text Message at a Time Jennifer Bauduy
Interactive Web 2.0 tools are changing the way crises—from earthquakes to blizzards—are being tracked and managed, and everyday citizens are playing a new and important role. Secondary Level    
Research and Practice
Youth Civic Identity Development in the U. S. History Course Beth C. Rubin
A design experiment illustrates that one way to transform civic learning is to engage young people with civic questions that are timely and relevant to their lives. Secondary Level    

Econocast: The Production, Consumption and Distribution of Economic Podcasts Kathy Swan, Mark Hofer, Gerry Swan, and Joan Mazur
The highlighted website advances a creative approach to engaging students in economics through podcasting. Secondary Level    

The Berlin Wall: A Simulation for the Social Studies Classroom William B. Russell III
This article describes a classroom-tested simulation for teaching the Berlin Wall and provides a list of relevant resources. Secondary Level    
Book Review
Ravitch Recants (somewhat) Walter Parker
In her latest book, educational policymaker Diane Ravitch distances herself from key education ideas that she once helped promote. Secondary Level    
Point of View
History and Politics: Reflections on the Texas Controversy Don Bragaw
The Texas State Board of Education's proposed history standards has once again alerted us to the dangers of having standards developed by political activists rather than scholars. Secondary Level    
NCSS Notebook
2009 House of Delegates Resolutions |
March/April 2010 (Volume 74, Number 2) Secondary Level    

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