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Social Education October 2009

Social Education October 2009

Teaching with Documents

Letter to the Senate Banking Committee about Wall Street Reform Legislation during the New Deal
Christine Blackerby

The featured document on federal aid for school lunches and the accompanying essay on the School Lunch Act provide students with a unique chance to study the role of government. Secondary/High School     US History

Looking at the Law

Supreme Court Review
Charles F. Williams

The Supreme Court term opens with its first Hispanic justice and a list of highlights that includes two high-profile First Amendment cases and an important property rights case. Secondary/High School     Law-Related


Social Studies for English Language Learners:Teaching Social Studies that Matters
Barbara C. Cruz and Stephen J. Thornton

As the number of English language learners continues to rise, four key principles will help teachers ensure a valuable social studies education.

Secondary/High School    


The Guide on the Stage: In Defense of Good Lecturing in the History Classroom
Jason Stacy

Interactive lectures require a strong familiarity with the content being taught and compel students to actively engage the material. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

Teaching about U.S. Climate Policy and the 2009 Copenhagen Conference
C. Frederick Risinger

This list of recommended sites offers resources and lesson plans for teaching about the climate change conference in Denmark and the cap and trade system. Secondary/High School    


Life in the Aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Samuel Totten

The author details his findings after six months of research on the lives of genocide survivors in Rwanda. Secondary/High School    


The Other September 11: Teaching about the 1973 Overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende

With the help of primary sources, teachers can give students the opportunity to reflect on the complexity and contradictions of U.S foreign policy by introducing them to Chile's September 11. Secondary/High School    

Point of View

In Pursuit of the Faerie Folk: Identity, Self-determination, and Multiculturalism in Louisiana
Paul Nagel and Dayna Bowker Lee

Creole culture is part of the fabric of America and an excellent topic for classrooms studying cultural diversity. Secondary/High School    

Point of View

The Coverage of the Holocaust in High School History Textbooks
David Lindquist

Though coverage of the Holocaust has become standard in history textbooks, it is often superficial and fails to provide the groundwork for meaningful student inquiry into that devastating genocidal event. Secondary/High School