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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/High School    

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/High School     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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School    

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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    

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/High School    

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/High School    

NCSS Notebook

2009 House of Delegates Resolutions

March/April 2010 (Volume 74, Number 2) Secondary/High School