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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/High School     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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School    

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/High School    

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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


Annual Index
October 2012 (Volume 76, Number 5)

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