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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/High School     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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School    

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/High School     Global Studies


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/High School     Global Studies


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/High School    


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/High School     Civics/Government