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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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School