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Social Education November/December 2008

Special Section on 21st Century Skills

Embrace the Future: NCSS and P21 Michael M. Yell, John Box
The resources and ideas unveiled by NCSS and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills will enable social studies educators to better prepare students for the challenges of this century. Secondary Level    

Poetry and Postholes: Making Authentic Pedagogy Deeper and More Personal Geoffrey Scheurman
Teachers who feel pressured by testing and curricular requirements should reach beyond mundane facts to make social studies more personal and poetic. Secondary Level    

Geography: The Essential Skill for the 21st Century Paul Nagel
In this ever changing, interdependent world, students need a geographic awareness that includes familiarity with different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles to understand and address global issues. Secondary Level     Geography

Economic and Financial Education for the 21st Century Mark Schug, Jane Lopus
Young people cannot participate properly in the economy of the future without a deep understanding of basic economics. Secondary Level     Economics

Scaffolding Social Studies for Global Awareness Merry M. Merryfield
We cannot isolate our nation's wellbeing from that of others across the planet. We must help students develop the habit of thinking globally. Secondary Level     Global Connections

Explore the Past to Understand the Present and Shape the Future Susan Graseck
The featured lesson places students in the role of decision makers as they explore four distinct alternatives for 21st century U.S. foreign policy and then consider their own views. Secondary Level     US History, World History

A Voice from the Congo Mike Koren
When a high-ranking politician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo visited a social studies class in Milwaukee, students got a deeper understanding of the political strife and humanitarian crisis in that country. Secondary Level     World History, Global Connections

Democratic Education to Reduce the Divide Diana Hess
If we are to improve the civic and political literacy of our nation's youth, we must first address the disparate education that they are receiving. Secondary Level    

Teaching the Constitution to Twenty-first Century Students Peggy S. Jackson, Elizabeth R. Hinde, Nancy S. Haas
This lesson plan involves students directly in the Bill of Rightschallenging their thinking skills while increasing their knowledge of the founding principles of government and the judiciary. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Point of View
Citizenship Must Not Be the Last of the Three C's Peggy Altoff
Educators must become passionate about advocacy and urge local, state, and national legislators to help maintain and enhance citizenship education. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Surfing the Net
Teaching and Learning about Skills for the 21st Century Using the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
The author highlights websites that offer teachers information on using newer tools and strategies, such as Web 2.0 technologies. Secondary Level    

Technology: An Integral Part of Students' Learning and Lives Joseph O'Brien
The Literacy Map presented here offers teachers concrete examples for helping young people use technological tools effectively for academic and civic purposes. Secondary Level    

21st Century Learning: Law-Related Education in South Tucson Syd Golston
An Arizona high school magnet law program offers the ideal 21st century educationone that teaches skills through core subjects and interdisciplinary themes, uses innovative learning methods, and emphasizes higher order thinking skills. Secondary Level     Law-Related

Critical Thinking in a World of Accelerating Change and Complexity Linda Elder, Richard Paul
The authors present the types of questions teachers should ask to advance student thinking skills. Secondary Level    

Special Section on 21st Century Skills; Crital Thinking

Asking the Right Questions to Develop Thinking Skills Beth Ratway
Sharpening thinking skills is the key to helping students break down complex 21st century issues. Secondary Level    

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