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Social Education May/June 2016

Editor's Notebook

Editors Notebook
Michael Simpson


Ask a Colleague

Taking Informed Action

In this installment of our newest column, a classroom teacher asks how to engage students in informed action when studying the distant past or ancient history. Secondary/High School     World History


Listening for History: Using Jazz Music as a Primary Source
Marcie Jergel Hutchinson, Lauren McArthur Harris

Examining the content and context of works of music in the social studies classroom not only engages students in historical thinking but also teaches them to be active listeners. Secondary/High School     US History

Lessons on the Law

The History of the Federal Judicial Appointment Process
Jake Kobrick

A review of the history of judicial appointments can serve as a jumping off point into a lesson on the judicial branch and the constitutional powers of the executive. Secondary/High School     Law-Related, US History

Sources and Strategies

Discovering Elements of Urban American Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century from a Children’s Book
Lee Ann Potter

Rare or out-of-print children’s books such as the one featured in this article offer a unique glimpse into the early twentieth century and can be used to launch a lesson on urban culture in the Progressive Era. Secondary/High School     US History


John Lewis's March, Book Two:Assessing the Impact of a Graphic Novel on Teaching the Civil Rights Movement
Meghan Hawkins, Katie Lopez, Richard L. Hughes

Noteworthy graphic novels can facilitate differentiated instruction and engage students while they master content. Secondary/High School     US History


Carter G. Woodson Book Awards, 2016

Our award winners include books about one of the earliest African Americans elected to Congress, a former slave who became a teacher, and the lives and experiences of various Native American nations.    


Bias, Bigotry, and Bungling: Teaching about the Port Chicago 50
Jeremiah Clabough, Deborah Wooten

Investigating the court martial of African American sailors who refused to load munitions following a 1944 explosion can evolve into a valuable classroom lesson on confronting injustice. Secondary/High School     US History

Surfing the Net

Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Studies
C. Frederick Risinger

These excellent websites describe teaching methods, activities, and assignments to deepen student understanding of content. Secondary/High School    


Why OPEC is Still Relevant—Especially to the Social Studies
Cory Wright-Maley, Parag Joshi

This simulation on OPEC can help students adapt complicated economic concepts to real-life situations in an effective and engaging way. Secondary/High School     World History, US History, Economics


River of Terror, Trial, and Triumph: Educating Students about the Mississippi River during the Civil War
David Salvaterra, Scott Scheuerell, Mark Wagner

The highlighted primary sources and teaching activity offer a unique approach to teaching about the Civil War. Secondary/High School     US History

NCSS Position Statement

Media Literacy


NCSS Position Statement

Academic Freedom and the Social Studies Teacher


NCSS Notebook

2015 House of Delegates Resolutions