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Social Education November/December 2015

Sources and Strategies

Helping Students Read Between the Lines: Identifying Bias and Viewpoint in the Press through Analysis of Newspaper Features Related to the Election of 1912
Deborah Thomas

The four highlighted newspaper items can launch an engaging study of media influence and election campaigns in the shifting political landscape of 1912. Secondary/High School     US History

Lessons on the Law

Slavery and its Legacies: Marking the Sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Ana Lucia Araujo

A close look at the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment will ignite a stimulating classroom debate on the legacies of slavery that persist today. Secondary/High School     US History

Teaching with Documents

The Art of Sedition
Christopher Zarr

The story of Henry Glintenkamp, indicted during World War I for an anti-draft political cartoon, offers an excellent starting point for a discussion of free speech restrictions and the Espionage Act. Secondary/High School     US History

Surfing the Net

Teaching about Global Warming and Its Significance
C. Frederick Risinger

These exceptional websites provide resources and lesson plans with connections to Common Core standards for teaching about climate change. Secondary/High School    


Teaching about the Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Civil Disobedience and Mass Protest in the 1960s
Robert Cohen

The non-violent protests on UC Berkeley's campus in the 1960s present a case study of civic action initiated by young people that changed policy and impacted the entire nation. Secondary/High School     US History


The New York State K-12 Social Studies Toolkit: An Introduction
Kathy Swan, S.G. Grant, and John Lee

This special section presents a rich set of curriculum resources based on the C3 Framework, created by teachers for all grade levels Secondary/High School    


Bringing the C3 Framework to Life
S.G. Grant, Kathy Swan, and John Lee

The New York State Social Studies Toolkit offers a rich array of inquiries with blueprints that outline the key components of each instructional plan while leaving room for teachers to tailor investigations. Secondary/High School    


The New York State Toolkit and the Inquiry Design Model: Anatomy of an Inquiry
Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant

The Uncle Tom's Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel to explore how words can affect public opinion. Secondary/High School    


Creating an Engaged Classroom: An Interview with April Francis

A teacher who reviewed and piloted the New York State Toolkit inquiries describes her experience teaching the Uncle Tom's Cabin inquiry. Secondary/High School    


By Teachers, For Teachers: The NYS Toolkit and C3 Teachers
John Lee, Kathy Swan, and S.G. Grant

A collection of turnkey professional learning materials and a collaborative network of hundreds of teachers aims to empower teachers as they wrestle with the big ideas and instructional implications of the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Arc. Secondary/High School    


How Did the Industrial Revolution Move People?

This high school inquiry explores the major population shifts and the social and economic transformations fueled by the Industrial Revolution. Secondary/High School     US History


Does It Matter How Leaders Are Chosen?

In this elementary level inquiry, students explore diverse political systems and consider the implications of how government leaders are chosen. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


We Shall Overcome! Two Films about Selma
David Wolfford

Two recent films present powerful portrayals of the struggle for voting rights in America. Secondary/High School     US History