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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. High School 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. High School Civics-Government

The Electoral College 
Social Education, PBS NewsHour Staff
Lesson Plan by Lara Maupin and PBS NewsHour Staff High School 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. High School 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. High School
Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Review 
Chuck Williams
Teaching Activities by Tiffany Willey High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School 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. High School Global Connections

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