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Social Education May/June 2017

cover of May-June 2017 issue of Social Education
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. High School 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.

High School 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. High School 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. High School
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. High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School

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. High School 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. High School 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. High School

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