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Social Education October 2017

Special Section: LGBTQ+ Issues in Social Education


Editors Notebook
Michael Simpson


Teaching the C3 Framework

Stimulating and Sustaining Inquiry with Students’ Questions
Andrew P. Minigan, Sarah Westbrook, Dan Rothstein, Luz Santana

A simple yet rigorous technique enables students to develop their ability to ask questions as they plan and drive their own inquiries. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Lessons on the Law

Previewing the October 2017 Supreme Court Term
Catherine Hawke

In the new Supreme Court term, the justices will delve into issues that are fundamental to American democracy: voting, marriage equality, religious freedom and immigration. Secondary/High School     Law-Related

Teaching with Documents

Debating the Civil Rights Act of 1875
Andrew Zetts

Two featured documents related to a nineteenth-century U.S. civil rights bill can launch a fascinating classroom lesson on the complex trajectory of civil rights during post-Civil War Reconstruction.     US History

Sources and Strategies

Exploring Different Perspectives on World War I through Two Responses to the Armistice
Stephen Wesson

Woodrow Wilson’s handwritten note about the end of World War I along with a personal view from a private in the trenches can provide students with an opportunity to explore two very different perspectives on the war and its final moments.     US History, World History

Surfing the Net

Teaching about the Rise of Hate Groups, Neo-Fascism, the Alt-Right, and the Threat to Freedom and Democracy in the United States
C. Frederick Risinger

These recommended sites offer materials, lesson plans, and activities for teaching about our democratic principles.     Civics/Government

LGBTQ+ Issues in Social Education


LGBTQ+ Issues in Social Education: Understanding, Inclusion, and Advocacy
Gloria T. Alter

This special section of Social Education offers an array of suggestions and guidelines for integrating LGBTQ+ content into the social studies curriculum. Secondary/High School    


Discovery, Engagement, and Transformation: Learning About Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) in Social Education
Gloria T. Alter

Teaching about LGBTQ+ concepts and history helps counter prejudice and creates a classroom environment that is supportive of all students. Secondary/High School     US History, Civics/Government


Timeline: Milestones in the American LGBT Civil Rights Movement
Jamie Coker-Robertson, Kyle Morgan, Helen Aldana

This detailed timeline can be used to spark an engaging classroom lesson on the movement for LGBT rights. Secondary/High School     US History


Battling the Bullying of LGBTQ Students
David Campos

Specific classroom and school practices can help educators promote a secure and inclusive learning environment and prevent bullying.    


An LGBTQ+ Inclusive Social Studies: Curricular and Instructional Considerations
Bárbara C. Cruz, Robert W. Bailey

Social studies must be at the forefront of advancing an LGBTQ+ inclusive K-12 curriculum.    


LGBTQ Media Images and their Potential Impact on Youth in Schools
J. B. Mayo,Jr.

The reimagining of an iconic photograph can serve as a jumping off point into a classroom exploration of how LGBTQ people have been framed in television and cinema.    


Welcoming Rainbow Families in the Classroom: Suggestions and Recommendations for Including LGBTQ Children’s Books in the Curricula
Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Literature that reflects the lives of children in LGBTQ families not only validates the children’s experiences but also creates teachable moments for their classmates.    


Legal Issues Related to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Public Schools
Maria M. Lewis, Allison Fetter-Harrott, Jeffrey C. Sun, Suzanne E. Eckes