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Social Education May/June 2014

Sources & Strategies

Teaching Students Sourcing and Contextualizing Strategies Using Newspapers and Lithographs
Rebecca Newland

The featured primary sources related to the impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the time of its publication provoke important questions that will deepen students' analytical skills and historical understanding. Secondary/High School    

Looking at the Law

Poetic Justice: Law and Literature in the Classroom
Donald Vish

Connecting law and literature in the classroom enables students to tackle eternal dilemmas in the search for justice. Secondary/High School    


Poems of the Great War: A Selection
Social Education Staff

Examining the World War I poems presented here can serve as an excellent entry point for studying the causes, course, and effects of the war as its hundredth anniversary approaches. Secondary/High School    


Inquiring about the Causes of World War I with Chronozoom
David Hicks, John Lee, Samantha Shires

What exactly sparked the First World War 100 years ago? An innovative timeline tool and creative teaching materials offer an engaging approach for teaching students about the complex causes. Secondary/High School    


A Street Named for a King: A Lesson in the Politics of Place-Naming
Jerry T. Mitchell, Derek H. Alderman

As students use geospatial technology to discover streets named for Martin Luther King, Jr., they learn about politics and social power as well as geography. Secondary/High School    


The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

The 2013 Carter G. Woodson Award winners include books about Booker T. Washington's 500-mile trek to college, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil rights campaigns, Solomon Northup's kidnapping into slavery from his birthplace in New York. Secondary/High School    


Teaching Social Studies Students to Write with Light Using the Documentary Filmmaking Process
Mark Hofer, Kathy Swan, Sharon Zuber

Documentary filmmaking weaves together reading, writing, speaking, and production skills, enabling students to communicate understanding of important ideas and issues in a compelling manner. Secondary/High School    


Promoting Inquiry-Based Learning through National History Day
Abigail L. Kuhn, Lynne M. O'Hara

The rigorous research projects that students undertake for National History Day teaches them to work like historians while developing skills needed to become active, engaged citizens. Secondary/High School     US History

Surfing the Net

Using Virtual Field Trips, Music, and Art to Teach Social Studies
C. Frederick Risinger

The recommended websites feature ideas and lesson plans that will help teachers and curriculum specialists integrate social studies and the arts. Secondary/High School    

Book Review

African American Baseball History and the Social Studies
John Sturtz

The featured book offers a valuable perspective on the importance of integrating sports into education. Secondary/High School     US History