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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. High School US History
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