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Social Education November/December 2017

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor


Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook


Lessons on the Law

Independent Prosecutors, the Trump-Russia Connection, and the Separation of Powers
Steven D. Schwinn

The U.S. Constitution codifies a complex system of governmental checks and balances. But for all its innovation, our founding document fails to address the question of how to prosecute wrongdoing by personnel in the executive branch, including the president of the United States.  Secondary/High School     Law-Related, Civics/Government, US History

Teaching the C3 Framework

Calibrating Your “Compelling Compass”: Teacher-Constructed Prompts to Assist Question Development
Rebecca Mueller

These key prompts can help social studies teachers and students gauge a compelling question’s rigor, relevance, and functionality.

Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Teaching with Documents

Using the Indian Removal Act to Teach Critical Thinking
Carol Buswell

The featured primary source in support of Native American tribes who were victims of the Indian Removal Act in 1830 can be used to spark a classroom lesson on this disturbing period in American history. Secondary/High School     US History

Sources and Strategies

Learning Beyond the Original Purpose with Sanborn Fire Insurance
Cheryl Lederle

Students can learn a great deal about the economic, social, or strategic importance of a place when they examine maps, such as the featured 1910 Sanborn map of South San Francisco. Secondary/High School     US History, Geography


Confederate Monuments: Heritage, Racism, Anachronism, and Who Gets to Decide?
Mandy Tompkins Gibson, Gabriel A. Reich

This inquiry, which explores the current debate on what should be done with Confederate monuments, engages students in historical, geographic and civic skills. Secondary/High School     US History


Cold War Home Front: Making Connections through Local History
Dave Neumann

Studying local history stimulates student interest and can provide an entrée into studying larger national narratives. Secondary/High School     US History


A Higher Standard of Practice
Lawrence M. Paska

Our new standards for the preparation of social studies teachers are a vital resource for teacher preparation and represent a deeper potential for the entire social studies profession.    


Preparing Teachers for a New Generation of Social Studies Learners: Introducing the National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers
Alexander Cuenca

The revised standards for the preparation of social studies teachers address the purposes of social studies education in a democratic society and the kinds of knowledge, skills, and dispositions teachers need to accomplish these objectives.    

Research & Practice

Attending to Children’s Civic Learning … In the In-Between
Jennifer Hauver

Civic education may have been pushed to the margins in schools, but children are doing civics all the time as they negotiate relationships and address problems on the playground, in the cafeteria, and in the hallways.    


How Can Middle School Students Take Public Action?
Ron C. Hustvedt Jr.

The C3 Framework serves as an excellent guiding tool as students examine public issues and communicate their views to public officials. Middle Level    


Race and the WPA Slave Narratives: A Lesson in Historiography
Michael J. Swogger

The Library of Congress’s Slave Narratives Collection present students with an opportunity to expand their understanding of slavery in America while grappling with questions about interpretations of the past. Secondary/High School     US History


Above and Beyond the Standards: How Practiced Communicators Teach African American History
Caren S. Oberg, Candra Flanagan

The results of the featured research study can help teachers become practiced communicators when presenting African American history to their students.