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Social Education November/December 2019

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Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson



From Mobilizing Youth Voters to Developing Lifelong Civic Leaders
Jill Bass, Brian Brady

Beyond simply encouraging students to vote, we should be providing the foundation for young people to research, speak out, and take informed action locally. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Teaching the C3 Framework

Can the Civics Test Make You a Good Citizen? Reconciling the Civics Test with Inquiry-Based Instruction
Jennifer Fraker, Carly Muetterties, Gerry Swan,, Kathy Swan

Engaging students in a structured inquiry offers an excellent approach to bridging the tension between a fact-based civics test and inquiry-based learning.

Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Sources and Strategies

Deepening Student Understanding of Late 19th Century Migration by Analyzing Geographic Data Visualizations
Michael Apfeldorf

Examining statistical atlases from the nineteenth century offers students a unique opportunity to practice geographic thinking and data literacy skills. Secondary/High School     US History, Geography

Teaching with Documents

Suffrage, Activism, and Education in the Era of Chinese Exclusion: Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee
Sara Lyons Davis

A close look at documents related to the case of Mabel Ping-Hua Lee can serve as a springboard into an engaging classroom lesson on the Chinese Exclusion Act and its impact on the voting rights of women in the United States. Secondary/High School     US History

Lessons on the Law

Lessons from the Constitution: Thinking Through the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments
Lisa Tetrault

The upcoming anniversaries of the Fifteenth and Nineteenth amendments offer an ideal opportunity to facilitate a classroom debate on whether these suffrage amendments succeeded in guaranteeing the right to vote.

Secondary/High School     Law-Related, US History


Introducing the NCSS Septima P. Clark Women in Literature Book Award

The NCSS Carter G. Woodson Book Award Committee is pleased to present a new award in honor of civil rights pioneer Septima Poinsette Clark for books that reflect the experiences of women. PreK-12     US History

Teaching About Refugees


The Global Refugee “Crisis”: Learning Is the Key to Solving It
Matthew Reynolds

Teaching and learning about refugee crises around the world can help us solve these emergencies.

Secondary/High School     Civics/Government, Global Studies


Why We Need to Teach About Refugees
Frederik Smets

With the number of global refugees at its highest level since World War II, creating a safe and inclusive school environment for displaced learners is more important than ever. Secondary/High School     Global Studies, Civics/Government


Resources for Teaching About Refugees
Frederik Smets

The highlighted UNHCR teaching materials offer explanations of terminology, facts and figures, lesson plans, and videos for bringing the topic of refugees into the classroom. Secondary/High School     Global Studies, Civics/Government


My Journey of Learning: Shaping Future Leaders
Bertine Bahige

As educators, we should combat the culture of low expectations for students coming from difficult backgrounds, but we should also understand the impact of trauma and offer relief. Secondary/High School     Global Studies, Civics/Government


Refugees Strengthen Our Country
Adrian Garcia 

By implementing a few key strategies, we can promote the successful integration of refugees into our schools. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Understanding the Impact of Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Data Analysis, Stories, and Resources for Lesson Planning

The facts and statistics outlined in this article can help launch an engaging classroom discussion about myths that pertain to refugees in the United States. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Moral Purpose and Newcomer Youth: Cultivating Resilience Through Active Citizenship
Suzanne Shanahan, William Tobin

Involving students, particularly resettled refugee youth, in civic issues can help reduce the stress experienced in high school and can foster integration into a new community Secondary/High School     Civics/Government