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Social Education November/December 2011

Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects. Secondary Level    

I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier: Ideas and Strategies for Using Music from the National Jukebox to Teach Difficult Topics in History Stacie Moats and Stephanie Poxon
As a favored outlet for self-expression, music is a valuable classroom resource for addressing complex topics such as different perspectives on war. Secondary Level    

Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills. Secondary Level    

Hear My Voice! Teaching Difficult Subjects with Graphic Organizers Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest. Secondary Level    

Confronting Stereotypes Carol Buswell
Primary-source documents can provide students with fresh perspectives on topics often laden with stereotypes—such as the issue of Native Americans and treaty rights. Secondary Level    

Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909 Michael Hussey
The featured letter from a San Francisco couple seeking to help earthquake victims in Italy can serve as a jumping off point into the study of natural disasters and emergency relief efforts. Secondary Level    

Evaluating Perspectives on Westward Expansion: Weighing the Evidence Stephanie Greenhut
A unique online tool helps students analyze documents from opposing perspectives, weigh each source's significance, and come to evidence-based conclusions. Secondary Level    

Letter to President Harry Truman about the Murder of Harry T. Moore Megan Jones
The featured letter to President Truman about the murder of an NAACP official can be used as a springboard into the exploration of the civil rights struggle and violence, as well as the issue of presidential powers. Secondary Level    

Encountering the Complicated Legacy of Andersonville James A. Percoco
Teaching about the Civil War through the study of historic sites, such as the Confederate prison at Andersonville, challenges students to wrestle with tough interpretations of American history. Secondary Level    
Looking at the Law
Norman Rockwell's The Problem We All Live With: Teaching Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board Tiffany Middleton
A painting inspired by the 1960 court-ordered escort of Ruby Bridges into a New Orleans school offers an entry point into the study of the civil rights movement and a significant event in American legal history. Secondary Level     Law-Related
Surfing the Net
Teaching about Bullying and Cyberbullying with the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
These recommended sites provide teachers with lesson plans and other resources for combating bullying. Secondary Level    
Book Review
Research, Theory and the K-12 Classroom Teacher Michael M. Yell
Noteworthy research and theory, of the kind highlighted in Walter Parker's Social Studies Today, should be part of the personal journey of classroom teachers. Secondary Level    

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