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Social Education October 2011

Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Review Catherine Hawke
The new Supreme Court case line up promises constitutional fireworks with lawsuits dealing with Medicaid, tracking suspects with a GPS, as well as expletives and nudity on TV. Secondary Level     Law-Related

Jourdon Anderson and the Meaning of Freedom in the Aftermath of Slavery Robert Cohen and Janelle Pearson
The featured letter from an emancipated slave to his former master illuminates the historical transition from slavery to freedom and is an excellent resource for classes in both history and literature. Secondary Level    

Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt's fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Secondary Level    

Who Lives on the Other Side of That Boundary: A Model of Geographic Thinking Sandra Schmidt
An excellent way of teaching students to think geographically is to question the logic by which we divide the world into continents. Secondary Level    

Income Inequality and U.S. Tax Policy Margaret S. Crocco, Anand R. Marri, and Scott Wylie
The authors present statistics and a lesson plan for discussing federal income tax policy and its implications for wealth distribution in the United States. Secondary Level    
Teaching World History and Global Issues with the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
The recommended websites include both traditional world history content and contemporary issues for more effective lessons in global studies. Secondary Level    

Closing the Civic Engagement Gap: The Potential of Action Civics Alexander Pope, Laurel Stolte, and Alison K. Cohen
Action-oriented projects that address local issues like gang violence, hunger, or school closings can motivate students academically while preparing them to be active citizens in a democracy. Secondary Level    
Judging the Credibility of Internet Sources: Developing Critical and Reflexive Readers of Complex Digital Texts Mark Baildon and James Damico
The authors outline two sets of guiding questions that can help students judge the credibility of sources found on the Internet. Secondary Level    

Our World of 7 Billion: Population Studies in Today's Social Studies Classroom Pamela Wasserman
Learning about how the world's population grew to seven billion helps students understand contemporary challenges and discuss dwindling global resources. Secondary Level    

Encouraging Student Research Douglas Selwyn
To help students develop research skills, the author has drawn on the best ideas of experienced educators and artists. Secondary Level    

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