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Social Education May/June 2016

Editor's Notebook
Editors Notebook Michael Simpson
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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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level     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 Level    

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 Level     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 Level     US History
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