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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/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.

Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/High School