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Social Education May/June 2017

cover of May-June 2017 issue of Social Education


Editor's Notebook May/June 2017 Michael Simpson

Sources and Strategies

Reconstructing a Civil War Battle from a Poet’s Letter Home Cheryl Lederle

Walt Whitman’s featured letter on the conditions at a Union army camp when he went in search of his wounded brother can serve as an engaging launch point for a classroom lesson on the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Civil War. Secondary Level     US History
Lessons on the Law

The Lessons from Loving v. Virginia Still Resonate 50 Years Later Jason Gillmer

The half-century anniversary of the Loving Supreme Court case offers a valuable opportunity for students to examine this key decision in furthering marriage equality.

Secondary Level     US History
Teaching with Documents

American by Birth, Alien by Marriage: Harriot Stanton Blatch, Expatriation, and Derivative Citizenship Sara Lyons Davis

The featured naturalization petition belonging to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s daughter, who lost her U.S. citizenship when she married an Englishman, can spark an interesting lesson on citizenship rights, women’s suffrage, and the Fourteenth Amendment. Secondary Level     US History


Carter G. Woodson Awards, 2017

This year’s Carter G. Woodson winners include books about a Chinese American trail chef who helped bring attention to national parks; Rep. John Lewis’s civil rights activism; and a look at American immigration history. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net

Teaching about the Responsibilities of Citizenship in the United States C. Frederick Risinger

These websites offer instructional activities, lesson plans, and other information for preparing students to be responsible citizens of our democracy. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Teaching Social Studies with Film


Past and Present Imperfect: Recent History and Politics Go to the Movies Andrea S. Libresco

When students are put in charge of examining a political or social-issue movie and preparing a class presentation, they become more critical consumers of film. Secondary Level     US History


Keeping It Animated: Utilizing Animated Films to Teach Geography Joshua L. Kenna, William B. Russell III

Like traditional films, animated films can be used with great success to teach authentic geography at all grade levels. Secondary Level     Geography


Breaking Out and Going Beyond the Celluloid Closet: LGBTQ Media for the Social Studies Classroom Jeffrey M. Hawkins

While Hollywood has finally caught up with the times in regards to portraying the histories of LGBTQ individuals, the social studies curriculum is still lagging. Secondary Level     US History


Uncovering the Language of Film Christopher H. Clark, Patricia G. Avery, Robb Virgin

By understanding how cinematic devices are used to direct audience’s emotions and interpretations, students can develop a critical eye for film and a richer construction of meaning. Secondary Level     US History


Students as Modern Muckrakers: Creating Films for Social Change Kathy Swan, Joseph Karb, Mark Hofer

Making documentaries about human rights engages students in the full Inquiry Arc of the C3 Framework, culminating in taking informed action through film production. Secondary Level    


Teaching the Holocaust Through Film Alan S. Marcus

When used well, film can make the past come alive, develop historical empathy, and stimulate student interest in learning. Secondary Level     World History


Utilizing Film to Explore Global Human Rights Violations Stewart Waters, William B. Russell III

International films are valuable tools for sparking meaningful debate on important human rights issues. Secondary Level     Civics/Government


Using Film to Build Historical Media Literacy Scott Alan Metzger

Analyzing historical movies and TV dramas for content, structure, and themes can help students advance their media literacy and historical literacy skills. Secondary Level    

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