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Social Education November/December 2014

Sources and Strategies

Exploring the Legacy of Magna Carta with Students through Historic Images
Stephen Wesson

The two featured portraits of Revolutionary-era writer John Dickinson next to a book titled “Magna Charta,” can launch an enlightening lesson on the thirteenth-century charter´s influence on America´s founding documents. Secondary/High School     World History

Lessons on the Law

Magna Carta at 800: Ten Key Questions Answered
Howard Kaplan

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, Lessons on the Law provides an overview of the “Great Charter” and identifies teaching materials to engage students. Secondary/High School     World History


Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address
Mark T. Kissling, Christopher C. Martell

The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Teaching with Documents

Education Equality: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
Annie Davis, Kimberlee Ried

The highlighted documents from Boston´s desegregation case can serve as a jumping off point into an engaging classroom study of education equality and civil rights. Secondary/High School     US History


A New View of Civil War Photography
James A. Percoco

Cutting edge digital techniques that add richer perspective to nineteenth-century Civil War photographs will challenge students´ preconceived ideas about the war and enrich classroom instruction. Secondary/High School     US History


The C3 Framework: A Powerful Tool for Preparing Future Generations for Informed and Engaged Civic Life
Marshall Croddy, Peter Levine

The C3 Framework not only provides crucial guidance for creating or bolstering social studies standards—it is extremely effective for curriculum planning and professional development. Secondary/High School    


Civic Learning Success Stories: State Initiatives to Restore the Civic Mission of Schools
Shawn Healy, L. Douglas Dobson, Janis Kyser, Michelle M. Herczog, Debbie Genzer

The stories of these four state programs on civic learning will provide educators around the country with valuable information on how to advocate for restoring the civic mission of schools. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Democracy Education

Should Teachers Help Students Develop Partisan Identities?
Diana E. Hess, Paula McAvoy

The authors examine whether schools should be helping students determine political affiliation, and spotlight the case of one high school where a legislative simulation requires students to do exactly that. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy
Christine Lucianek

Students will acquire a deeper understanding of freedom of the press when they consider the context for its inclusion in the First Amendment and examine its implications in the Internet age. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


NAFTA: The World´s Largest Trading Zone Turns 20
Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Stephen Day

This article looks at the results of NAFTA, 20 years after it created a controversial common market between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and examines the ongoing free trade debate. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

Teaching about Freedom Using the Internet
C. Frederick Risinger

The websites highlighted in this column offer resources and lesson plans for exploring the concept of freedom in the classroom. Secondary/High School