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Social Education May/June 2011

The Social Studies are Essential to a Well-Rounded Education Arne Duncan
Educators and policymakers need to recognize that social studies is a core subject, critical to sustaining an informed democracy and a globally competitive workforce. Secondary Level    

The Essential Role of Social Studies: Reflections on Arne Duncan's Article Steve Goldberg, Syd Golston, Michael Yell, Gayle Thieman, Peggy Altoff
NCSS President Steve Goldberg and former presidents Syd Golston, Michael Yell, Gayle Thieman, and Peggy Altoff point out the effects that education policies have had on the social studies and call on our national leaders to change these policies.    
Teaching with Documents
Page from the Log Book of the USS Harriet Lane and Painting by Thomas P. Rossiter, Related to the Prince of Wales's 1860 Visit to Mount Vernon Lee Ann Potter, Elizabeth K. Eder, and Michael Hussey
The featured document and painting about the then-Prince of Wales's visit to Mount Vernon serve as excellent primary sources for a lesson on American diplomatic history. Secondary Level     US History
Looking at the Law
Is Julian Assange an International Version of Daniel Ellsberg and WikiLeaks the Modern Equivalent of the Pentagon Papers? William H. Freivogel
A classroom discussion on the release of secret diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website can lead to important questions about the First Amendment, the Espionage Act, and press treatment of national security secrets. Secondary Level     Law-Related

Teaching about Starbucks and Consumer Literacy Joan Malczewski, Debra Plafker-Gutt, and Robert Cohen
Students learn about their own roles as consumers and about mass advertising through an in-depth study of a company that is ubiquitous in their lives. Secondary Level    

Learning about America, and about Buying from Starbucks Bryant Simon
Studying the everyday things we buy can teach us about who we are, what we care about, and the companies that cater to those desires. Secondary Level    
Lesson Plan
Examining Corporate Messaging: Do the Claims Hold up to the Truth? Debra Plafker-Gutt
In this lesson, students investigate corporate and consumer behavior by collecting Starbucks artifacts, creating their own survey, and examining an ethnographic study. Secondary Level    

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
The 2010 award winners include books about a teenage civil rights pioneer, a Native American leader, and the immigrant experience in America.    

Manifest Destiny and Competing Voices on the Eve of the Cherokee Removal Prentice T. Chandler
Exploring westward expansion and the Cherokee Trail of Tears with primary sources from multiple perspectives enables students to develop a more nuanced understanding about the concept of Manifest Destiny. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
More Recommended Favorites/Bookmarks for Teaching Social Studies with the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
Here is an updated list of educational websites the author considers most worthy of bookmarking. Secondary Level    

The People Unite: Learning Meaningful Civics Online Annette Boyd Pitts, Charles Dziuban, and Jeffrey W. Cornett
Students learn how to address community issues and the role of governments when they partner with classes from other countries through an online civic education problem-solving model. Secondary Level    

Film Review: The Response Greg Snoad
The Response is a classroom-friendly film and excellent teaching tool for addressing the conflict between national security and constitutional rights. Secondary Level    
NCSS Notebook
2010 NCSS House of Delegates Resolutions March/April 2011 (Volume 75, Number 2)
Secondary Level    

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