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Social Education May/June 2013

Editor's Notebook
Editor's Notebook Michael Simpson
Secondary Level    

The Rule of Law and Civil Disobedience: The Case Behind King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail Howard Kaplan

A class lesson on Walker v. Birmingham, the legal case related to Martin Luther King Jr.'s arrest in Birmingham, can lead to a stimulating exploration of civil disobedience and its role in a democratic society

Secondary Level     Civics/Government, Law-Related, US History

A Novel Approach: Historical Fiction in the Elementary Classroom Barbara C. Crúz
Two elementary units on the Great Depression and on civil rights illustrate how historical fiction can advancel iteracy while bringing history to life for students. PreK-Elementary    

Reaching across the Color Line: Margaret Mitchell and Benjamin Mays, An Uncommon Friendship Jearl Nix, Chara Haeussler Bohan
The unusual correspondence between the white author of Gone with the Wind and the president of a black college in Atlanta in the 1940s offers students a unique perspective on segregation. Secondary Level     US History

Science Fiction in Social Education: Exploring Consequences of Technology Lance E. Mason
Examining a well-chosen science fiction film in the classroom can serve as an excellent entry point for exploring the psychological and social effects of technological advancements. Secondary Level    
The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
The 2012 Carter G. Woodson Award winners include books about Native American resistance to assimilation, race relations during World War II, and composer Leonard Bernstein's struggle against anti-Semitism. Center Pullout Section (This file is available for members in the Notable section of the publication archive.) 7703/notable2013.pdf Secondary Level    

Travel to Learn: How, When, and Why to Apply for a Travel Grant Erika Cook, Aaron Becker
These basic tips can help educators obtain travel and research grants and experience some of the best professional development opportunities available. Secondary Level    

Using Competing Visions of Human Rights in an International IB World School William J. Tolley
A teacher at an International Baccalaureate school in Brazil describes how a human rights unit exploring U.S. or UN decisions from multiple viewpoints helped reinvigorate his social studies courses. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
Teaching Social Studies with National Anthems Using the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
The highlighted websites feature national anthems of countries around the world, and offer unique insights in the history, international relations, ethnic make-up, religions, and ideologies of these countries. Secondary Level     Geography, Global Connections

Water Education in The Netherlands: An Integrated Curriculum Using NCSS Standards for Social Studies Jeroen Bron, Eddie van Vliet
A curriculum developed in The Netherlands offers exciting opportunities for students to consider domestic water use, its impact on other countries, and the global need for water conservation. Secondary Level     Geography, Social Sciences
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Secondary Level    

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