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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. High School

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