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Social Education October 2014

Sources and Strategies
Challenging Students to Differentiate between Election Returns and Results with a Memo and a Telegram from 1864 Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents related to Abraham Lincoln's reelection provide an excellent entry point into a lesson on the historical impact of elections and resulting political action. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Looking at the Law
Supreme Court Term Review: Cell Phones, Protests, and Prayer Mark Cohen
A review of last term's Supreme Court cases can spur lively classroom discussion on issues such as technology and the Fourth Amendment, religion and workplace benefits, and prayer at public meetings. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Mapping Early American History: Beyond What Happened Where Andrew J. Milson
The three highlighted early American historical maps will provide students with important insight into the geographical understanding of people in the past and the implications of this limited knowledge. Secondary Level    

Teaching Thoughtfully With and About Film Jeremy Stoddard

Though film is sometimes considered a device for low-level intellectual work, these teachers demonstrate that authentic, rigorous pedagogy is possible

Secondary Level    

Climate Change in the Social Studies Classroom: A Why and How to Guide Using the C3 Framework Lori M. Kumler, Bethany Vosburg-Bluem
The inquiry process outlined in the C3 Framework provides an ideal structure for teaching about climate change and debating the roles of citizens and the government. Secondary Level     Geography

Simulating Global Climate Summits Dean P. Vesperman, Turtle Haste, Stephane Alrivy

This classroom simulation gives students the opportunity to examine global perspectives on climate change, and the search for common solutions.

Secondary Level    

Looking at World War I Propaganda Chris Sperry
Analyzing propaganda posters from World War I in the classroom enables students to advance their historical knowledge and gain critical media decoding skills. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
Teaching about (and with) Digital Global Citizenship C. Frederick Risinger
These highlighted websites provide resources and lesson plans that will help classroom teachers integrate digital global citizenship concepts throughout the curriculum. Secondary Level     Global Connections

The Birth of a Nation Is Only the Beginning: The Travails of South Sudan Samuel Totten
Just three years since it broke away from Sudan, the new country of South Sudan is embroiled in a violent civil war. This article examines what went wrong and explores the challenges of building a new nation. Secondary Level     Global Connections

Ferguson Is About Us Too: A Call to Explore Our Communities Alexander Cuenca, Joseph R. Nichols, Jr.
The events in Ferguson, Missouri, can serve as a jumping off point into an exploration of students' own communities. Secondary Level    

The Battle for the Senate: Key Races to Watch Social Education Staff
With control of the Senate hinging on a few key races, this year's midterm election offers a unique opportunity to explore with students the importance of congressional control and our system of checks and balances. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

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