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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/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/High School     Global Studies


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/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. Secondary/High School     World History, Global Studies


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