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Social Education October 2013

Sources and Strategies

Broadening Student Understanding of Wartime Experience through Original Works of Art and Personal Accounts
Lee Ann Potter

The featured sketches from a Navy veteran can serve as an entry point into a lesson on World War II and D-Day. Secondary/High School    


Preserving the Memories of World War II: An Intergenerational Interview Project
James A. Percoco

High school students participating in a unique video project have interviewed hundreds of World War II veterans and recorded their poignant memories for generations to come. Secondary/High School    


Mud, Blood, and Bullet Holes: Teaching History with War Letters
Andrew Carroll

From handwritten letters of the American Revolution to typed emails from Iraq and Afghanistan, correspondence from U.S. troops offers students deep insight into the specific conflicts and experiences of soldiers. Secondary/High School    


Learning about World War II at the D-Day Beaches of Normandy
Lynne M. O'Hara

Students and teachers participating in a national competition travel to Normandy, France, as part of a World War II research project to gain a profound understanding of D-Day and the soldiers' experiences of the war. Secondary/High School    

Looking at the Law

Shelby County v. Holder: What it Means for the Voting Rights Act
Steven D. Schwinn

A study of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act can fuel a stimulating classroom discussion on the civil rights movement and its legacy. Secondary/High School     Law-Related

Surfing the Net

Teaching about Water Shortage as a Source of Conflict and War Using the Internet
C. Frederick Risinger

The selected websites provide content, lesson plans, and teaching strategies for exploring the implications of Earth's diminishing water resources. Secondary/High School    


Introduction to the Special Section on AP Social Studies
Walter R. Herscher

This collection of articles reviews the growth of Advanced Placement programs and offers valuable advice on teaching AP social studies. Secondary/High School    


Back to the Future: Merit or Equity in AP Social Studies?
Robert Stevens

In this time of budget constraints, will school districts choose merit or equity when making their decisions about student participation in AP courses? Secondary/High School    


Building Reading, Writing, and Analysis in the AP U.S. History Classroom
Stephen Heller and Jason Stacy

A deeper understanding of the writing process gives students greater insight into the ways in which history is shaped by the historians who write it. Secondary/High School    


Ten Things to Consider When Teaching AP U.S. History
Andrea S. Libresco

These recommendations for creativity, higher-order thinking, and meaningful learning activities will guide teachers in constructing an engaging AP course. Secondary/High School    


The Promise of AP World History
Cristobal T. Saldana

The study of world history offers a unique opportunity to increase students' understanding of different perspectives, as well as their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.

Secondary/High School    


Structuring the AP Art History Course
Walter R. Herscher

With careful preparation, history teachers can lead a successful AP Art History course that familiarizes students with key works and guides them in analyzing context and historical framework. Secondary/High School    


Foundations for College and Beyond: Looking Back on AP Art History
Laurel Schoenbohm

A former AP Art History student reflects on the knowledge she gained of art and human history. Secondary/High School    


Two Successful Approaches to Teaching AP Government
Brian Ladd and Heidi Stepp

The authors engage students in civic education by offering the choice of either a combined AP Government and AP Macroeconomics yearlong course or a one-semester We the People course. Secondary/High School    


AP Human Geography and Success on the AP Test
John Roncone and Nate Newhalfen

Classroom projects that explore culture and globalization enhance the curriculum and help students see how geography directly connects to their lives. Secondary/High School    


Preparing Students for the AP Economics Exams
Sally Meek and Amanda Ashmead

The key to success in AP Economics is to teach students to understand economics, rather than to memorize rules. Secondary/High School    


Preparing Students for the AP Psychology Exam
Kristin Whitlock

These ideas will help teachers prepare students for the challenge of AP Psychology and for success on the AP exam. Secondary/High School    


Building an AP Social Studies Program with Non-Traditional AP Students
Amanda Ashmead and Sue Blanchette

The suggestions in this article can guide teachers in building a thriving AP program that will provide at-risk students with critical tools for success. Secondary/High School