Social Education October 2018
This issue of Social Education features a special section on civic power whose guest editor is Karen Barss of Facing History and Ourselves. The contributors to the special section and many other authors in this issue offer valuable practical suggestions for promoting civic awareness and engagement among young people.
Lessons on the Law
Looking Ahead: The 2018 Supreme Court Term
In the new term, the Supreme Court will consider significant cases related to the death penalty, the Fifth Amendment, and land use by federal, state, and Native American governments.
Sources and Strategies
Inspiring Citizen Action with Motion Pictures
Danna Bell, Lee Ann Potter
A short 1945 film in the Library of Congress archives starring Frank Sinatra, who stops a group from bullying a young Jewish boy, could jumpstart a range of classroom projects such as an inquiry into post-World War II domestic issues.
The Battle for the Senate, 2018: Key Races to Watch
Social Education Staff
As we approach high stakes midterm elections in which one or both houses of Congress may change hands, students can follow some key Senate races and consider the significance of congressional control.
Developing Civic Power
This special section of Social Education shares a range of different approaches to uncovering and developing students’ understanding of civic power.
Embracing Civic Power
Teaching students power literacy means helping them understand the sources of power in civic life.
Global Insights for U.S. Civic Education
A holistic approach to teaching democratic citizenship developed by educators in newer democracies can offer valuable insights to American teachers.
Civics in Action
To cultivate engaged citizens, we should ensure that students have real-world opportunities to develop, practice, and apply civic skills.
Walking with the Wind: The Power of Persistence
An excerpt from civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis’s memoir about his childhood in Alabama launches a classroom lesson about civic power through solidarity and persistence.