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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. High School

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. High School

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

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. High School 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. High School 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. High School

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. High School

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. High School 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. High School

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. High School

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