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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.    
Vol.: 
80
Number: 
5

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