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Social Education October 2008

Election 2008

The Updated Verdict of the Keys Allan J. Lichtman
Read this article to see what a historically accurate prediction system forecasts as the outcome of the popular vote this presidential election. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Surfing the Net
Using the Internet to Teach about Political Cartoons and Their Influence on U.S. Elections C. Frederick Risinger, Ray Heitzmann
The visual imagery of political cartoons offers teachers the opportunity to explore the presidential election with students from a unique and stimulating angle. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

The Electoral College Social Education, PBS NewsHour Staff
Lesson Plan by Lara Maupin and PBS NewsHour Staff Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Turning Students On and Out to Vote Helpful Websites as Election Day Draws Near Social Education Staff
These election-related websites offer material that is specialized, timely, and appealing to students. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Point of View
Not by Votes Alone'The Vital Imperative of Restoring the Civic Mission of Schools Ted McConnell
Active citizenship requires more than spending a few minutes in a voting booth each November. Secondary Level    
Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Review Chuck Williams
Teaching Activities by Tiffany Willey Secondary Level     Law-Related
Teaching with Documents
The Digital Vaults Suzanne Isaacs, Lee Ann Potter
A recently launched National Archives online exhibit is a creative teaching tool that features 1,200 specially chosen documents, artifacts, sound recordings, and much more. Secondary Level     US History

Fighting for the Past: Lessons from the David Irving Trial A. Scott Henderson
Educating students about Holocaust denial enables teachers to reinforce principles of historical inquiry while pointing out the ways in which deniers violate scholarly tenets. Secondary Level     World History

Challenging History: Essential Questions in the Social Studies Classroom Heather Lattimer
By providing a critical frame through which to study history, essential questions engage students and facilitate deeper thinking about the content under investigation. Secondary Level     US History, World History

Special Section on Canada

Teaching about Aboriginal Canada through Picture Books Marilynne Black
This set of books offers insight into Canadian aboriginal cultures and the contributions of these groups to the fabric of the nation. Secondary Level     World History, Global Connections

A Comparative View of Diversity in the United States and Canada Cherry A. McGee Banks
Students will gain a more profound understanding of multicultural issues by examining the ways in which Canada and the United States have diverged when addressing race and culture. Secondary Level     Global Connections

Teaching Social Studies through Storytelling: The Enduring Spirit of the Arctic John Kilbourne
Stories such as the featured account of an ill-fated Inuit walrus-hunting trip serve as an important part of that culture's tradition of passing down lessons and experiences from one generation to the next. Secondary Level     Global Connections

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