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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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