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Social Education November/December 2009

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Teaching with Documents
Bridge to the Future: Franklin Roosevelt's Speech at the Dedication of the Triborough Bridge David L. Rosenbaum
The featured document from FDR's speech inaugurating the Triborough Bridge provides an entry point for the study of New Deal programs and discussion of the government's role in planning, funding, and creating infrastructure. Secondary Level     US History
Research and Practice
Should Social Studies Be Patriotic? Joel Westheimer
The author explores two different approaches to teaching patriotism: One that advocates loyalty to a centralized leader or group; and another that promotes commitment to the principles that underlie democracy. Secondary Level    
Looking at the Law
Mexico: Democracy and the Future Kathleen Bruhn
Even as Mexico undergoes a transition from historic one-party rule, important challenges to democracy remain. Secondary Level     Law-Related

Using YouTube to Teach Presidential Election Propaganda: Twelve Representative Videos Wayne Journell
Teachers can use this selection of campaign ads to help students analyze various aspects of political propaganda. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
Citizenship Education: The Goal Of Education C. Frederick Risinger
The highlighted websites offer lesson plans and classroom activities to advance the skills needed in a participatory democracy. Secondary Level    

The Meaning of Memory: Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Mira Cohen
Some memorable days in our nation's history are declared holidays, while others are considered days of remembrance. This article explores the process of establishing a holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Secondary Level    

Learning from a Bike Trip Mike Koren
Each year, seventh and eighth-grade students in a Milwaukee-area school culminate a unit on map reading by planning and carrying out a 25-mile bike ride that develops skills in social studies, science, math, and reading. Secondary Level    

Rapping the 27 Amendments to the Constitution Adam Knaresborough
Students bring the Constitution to life by summarizing the amendments in their own words and composing a rap song. Secondary Level    
Democracy Education
Teaching about Same-Sex Marriage as a Policy and Constitutional Issue Diana Hess
Engaging secondary students in policy and constitutional questions related to same-sex marriage promotes the skills and content that advance a democratic education. Secondary Level    

Lesson Plan on Afghanistan Bayard Faithfull
During this nine-day unit, high school students consider evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources to determine the best policy for the United States and NATO on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Secondary Level    

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