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Social Education October 2012

Teaching with Documents
Photograph and Speech Related to the Cuban Missile Crisis Stacey Bredhoff and Lee Ann Potter
The featured photograph and the document from President Kennedy's speech about Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba offer an excellent entry point into the study of the presidency and foreign diplomacy at that critical moment in history. Secondary Level     US History
Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Term in Review Catherine Hawke
The recent Supreme Court term included many hot-button issues like health care, immigration, and First Amendment rights for liars, broadcasters, and unions. Secondary Level     Law-Related

The Keys to the White House Allan J. Lichtman
This historically successful election prediction system remains firm in its forecast that Obama will win the popular vote, highlighting for students that it is governance, not campaigning, that determines the outcome of presidential elections. Secondary Level    

Teaching about Big Money in Elections: To Amend or Not to Amend the U.S. Constitution? James M. M. Hartwick and Brett L. M. Levy
Students will gain a profound understanding of concepts such as freedom of speech, fair elections, and responsive representative leadership with this lesson on the proposed amendment to regulate election spending. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
Teaching about the 2012 Elections Using the Internet-Part 2 C. Frederick Risinger
This column focuses on the battle for the presidency as well as the fight for Congress, highlighting websites with elementary and secondary lesson plans, collaborative projects, and other learning activities. Secondary Level    

Preparing Global Citizens through the Study of Human Rights Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Two key strategies—infusion and postholing—are ideal for engaging students in human rights issues. Secondary Level    

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Hilary Landorf
The document that began as a declaration of human equality and dignity has become the foundation of the human rights movement and a cornerstone of world political dialogue. Secondary Level    

Close Up on Capital Punishment: Challenging Students' Ideas of Justice Christopher W. Harrison
Exploring the topic of capital punishment presents an important opportunity for students to consider this controversial issue through the lens of legality and ethics. Secondary Level    

Teaching about the Korean Comfort Women Hyunduk Kim
The ordeal of Korean Comfort Women in World War II can spark class discussion about human rights violations by nation-states and the means of preventing such tragedies. Secondary Level    

Child Soldiers: Rights Denied, Hope Restored Kenneth T. Carano and Robert W. Bailey
Exposing students to international issues such as the existence of child soldiers motivates them to become engaged as global citizens. Secondary Level    

Iranian Women: Between Education and Repression Rina Bousalis
Studying the repression of women in Iran can launch the deeper exploration of pathways to freedom. Secondary Level    

The Struggle for Human Rights in Myanmar Natalie Keefer
The country of Myanmar offers a compelling case study for teaching students about human rights abuses and a people's fight for democracy. Secondary Level    

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Executive Powers, Individual Rights and Guantanamo Bay Prison Jason L. O'Brien and Kyle T. Barbieri

Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills when they take a close look at the complex issue of the relationship between security and constitutional rights.

Secondary Level    

Using Literature for Young People to Teach about Human Rights Caroline C. Sheffield and Barbara C. Cruz

Stories of individuals working for positive change offer an inspiring and personal approach to the subject of human rights.

Secondary Level    

Web Resources for Teaching about Human Rights Merry M. Merryfield, Germain Badang, Christina Bragg, Aleksandr Kvasov, Nathan Taylor, Anne Waliaula and Misato Yamaguchi
This sampler of websites represents a few of the resources available for exploring the political, economic, and social rights spelled out in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Secondary Level    

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