Skip to content Skip to navigation

Social Education May/June 2013

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson

Secondary/High School    


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/High School     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/High School     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/High School    

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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    

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/High School     Geography, Global Studies


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/High School     Geography, Social Sciences

Position Statement


Secondary/High School