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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 Level    
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 Level    


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 Level    


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 Level    


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 Level    


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 Level    


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 Level    


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 Level     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 Level    
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 Level     US History

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