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Social Education October 2016

Social Education Cover October 2016

Editor's Notebook Michael Simpson

No Time to Take a Pass: Why Schools Should Teach Young People about the 2016 Elections Diana Hess

If we want young people to build knowledge about democracy, then we must help students develop a rich understanding of elections.

Secondary Level     Civics/Government

The Keys to the White House Allan J. Lichtman
Early in October 2016, the Keys election forecasting system was narrowly predicting the victory of a generic Republican candidate. Will this anything-but-generic presidential race vitiate the model? Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Predicting the Outcome of an Election Social Education Staff
This feature introduces three widely followed forecasting systems: prediction markets; projections based on economic indicators; and forecasts based on opinion polls. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Sources and Strategies
Helping Students Practice Listening Skills to Recognize Change and Continuity in Election Campaign Issues Lee Ann Potter
A radio broadcast of Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater during the 1964 election campaign can spark an engaging classroom discussion on candidates, campaign issues, and the role of media in elections. Secondary Level    

Campaign 2016: Turning Students into Voters Social Education Staff Social Education Staff

This list of noteworthy websites can be used to teach students about election issues and how to fact check campaign rhetoric, as well as the Electoral College and voting procedures.

Secondary Level     Civics/Government

The Contest for Control of the Senate: Key Races to Watch Social Education Staff
Tracking the Senate race in the classroom can spark a lesson on the Senate's role in shaping legislation, treaties, and judicial nominations, and on why a party's control matters.     Civics/Government

Setting the Stage for Civil Discourse Karen Barss

The current divisive presidential election highlights the importance of teaching students the skills of constructive public discourse.


Confronting Confirmation Bias: Giving Truth a Fighting Chance in the Information Age Alan C. Miller
At a time when algorithms shape and filter our newsfeeds, teaching students news literacy—how to differentiate credible information from misinformation—has taken on unprecedented importance. Secondary Level    
Developing Students’ Skills for Civic Discourse
Invoking History in Today's Politics Jocelyn Stanton and Laura Tavares
Studying the Weimar Republic that gave way to the fascist Third Reich can help students make connections between the past and present and understand how history can inform our choices today. Secondary Level     World History
Developing Students’ Skills for Civic Discourse
Understanding the Universe of Obligation: An Approach to Civic Responsibility Dan Sigward
In the featured lesson, students explore the ways that individuals, groups, communities, and nations define who belongs and who does not. Secondary Level    
Lessons on the Law
The U.S. Supreme Court: A Review of the Last Term, and a Look Ahead Catherine E. Hawke
The Supreme Court's most recent term featured hot-button issues like abortion and affirmative action. In the new term, the Court will address voting rights, fair housing, and the First Amendment's religion clauses. Secondary Level     Law-Related

Do Not Throw Away Your Shot—Studying History with the Musical Hamilton Andrea S. Libresco
The musical Hamilton offers rich opportunities for teaching about the American Revolution and the Constitution, but it can also serve as a springboard for teaching inquiry and historiography. Secondary Level     US History

Whose Place is This Space? Exploring Place Perceptions and the Cultural Politics of Place through a Field-Based Lesson Tricia Seow and Julian Chang
Using a school location as a starting point, this lesson addresses the question Whose place is this space? and explores how culture and experience can influence people's perceptions. Secondary Level     Geography

A Geographic Perspective for Analyzing Primary Sources Steve Jennings and Gale Olp Ekiss
A set of questions developed as an analytical tool can energize and deepen student investigations of historical maps.s     Geography
Surfing the Net
Teaching Comparative Religions in a Time of Crisis C. Frederick Risinger
The recommended websites offer guidelines, resources, and lesson plans on teaching about the origins, history, and core beliefs of religions.    

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