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Social Education November/December 2012

Teaching with Documents

1863 Letter from the Department of State to the Government Printing Office Lee Ann Potter

The featured documents relating to the Emancipation Proclamation illustrate how President Lincoln's government spread the news worldwide. Secondary Level     US History
Looking at the Law

Did that Dog Sniff Violate the Fourth Amendment? Catherine Hawke and Tiffany Middleton

A recent Supreme Court case looking at whether a drug dog's sniff gives police officers the right to get a search warrant, provides an excellent entry point into a lesson on the Fourth Amendment. Secondary Level     Law-Related
Democracy Education

Should Schools Teach Students to Vote? YES! Diana E. Hess

Teachers can impact young people's involvement in elections by not only teaching about elections, but also about how to register to vote and how to go about voting. Secondary Level    


New Directions in Assessment: Using Library of Congress Sources to Assess Historical Understanding Sam Wineburg, Mark Smith, and Joel Breakstone

These newly designed assessments allow a quick evaluation of the quality of student thinking, and promote appropriate instructional action. Secondary Level    
Research and Practice

What Makes a Good History Essay? Assessing Historical Aspects of Argumentative Writing Chauncey Monte-Sano

Learning history and historical thinking can help students become better writers. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net

What Social Studies Educators can do about the Marginalization of the Subject They Teach C. Frederick Risinger

These recommended strategies and websites can help teachers protect and improve the role of social studies in the curriculum and mobilize public support for social studies and citizenship education. Secondary Level    


The World War II Era and Human Rights Education Stewart Waters and William B. Russell III

This historical analysis and teaching activity offers teachers an approach for integrating human rights issues into the world history curriculum. Secondary Level    


Case Study of Chinese Exclusion Act Enforcement Compiled by Joanne Dufour

The featured lesson exploring early twentieth-century U.S. policies towards Chinese immigrants can serve as a jumping off point into a discussion of contemporary U.S. immigration issues. Secondary Level    


The Rho Kappa Spirit Mary T. McCullagh

High school juniors and seniors describe some of their enriching experiences in social studies, citizenship, and civic engagement activities since joining the Rho Kappa social studies honor society. Secondary Level    


A Grade 5 Common Core Exemplar: Teaching about the Bill of Rights Michelle Herczog

This lesson brings the Bill of Rights to life for students—advancing their understanding of democratic principles while strengthening their reading, writing, and language skills. Secondary Level    


Teaching Challenging Topics with Primary Sources Alan J. Singer

Students can develop their abilities to analyze complex topics when they evaluate primary sources such as the excerpted documents in this article. Secondary Level    


Annual Index October 2012 (Volume 76, Number 5)

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