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Social Education November/December 2002


Editor's Notebook


Teaching with Documents

Teaching with Documents

—Lee Ann Potter
A newly launched project highlights one hundred landmark documents—such as the United States Constitution, Thomas Edison’s electric lamp patent, and the canceled check for Alaska—that have influenced the course of U.S. history. Here’s how to integrate these documents into classroom instruction.


Looking at the Law

Marbury v. Madison: Bicentennial of a Landmark Decision

—James H. Landman
This article revisits the historic two-hundred-year-old verdict that affirmed the Supreme Court’s right to review, and overturn, congressional or executive acts it deems unconstitutional.

In Focus

Crisis with Iraq: A Lesson Plan

—Choices Education Program, Watson Institute, Brown University
As a debate continues in the United States and abroad about U.S. policy toward Iraq, this lesson plan will help teachers engage their students in considering that important issue.


In Focus

Spotlight on Iraq

An information section prepared by the staff of Social Education
The special section provides background information on a country and regime that looms large in the news.


Surfing the Net

Teaching about Civics and Citizenship with the Internet

—C. Frederick Risinger
Teaching about Civics and Citizenship with the Internet
This practiced web surfer describes a range of sites every social studies teacher must bookmark.



Trade, Travel, and Scholarship in Dar al Islam

—Joan Brodsky Schur
Students journey to the fifteenth century Islamic world with this simulation activity to learn how trade and travel fostered intellectual achievement, as well as improvements in material life.



What Will Students Remember? Closing a Unit on the Holocaust

—Samuel Totten
The author suggests ways to close lessons on the Holocaust that will stimulate student thought on the role of citizens in a democracy.



The We the People Program

—Diane Hart
Since 1987, millions of students have participated in this national civics program. Surveys show that alumni are more likely than are their peers to vote, pay attention to public affairs, or participate in politics.


Point of View

Multicultural Education in Social Studies

—Guichun Zong, Jesus Garcia, and Angene Wilson
The authors counter criticisms of multicultural education by describing how its pedagogical approaches promote a thoughtful patriotism.



Profit and Loss in the Classroom: Will the Business Model Bankrupt Education?

—Wilma S. Longstreets
Those trying to fit public education, despite its complexities, into the simplicity of the business model may only be causing further harm.



What Do Children Know about Food, Shelter, and Other Cultural Universals?

—Jere Brophy and Janet Alleman
Human activities relating to cultural universals like food, clothing, and shelter dominate everyday living. The authors researched children’s knowledge of these topics to assist educators teaching elementary-level social studies.