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Social Education October 2018

Cover Social Education Oct 2018 showing students protesting

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.

Editor's Notebook

Editors Notebook
Michael Simpson



Knowledge, Fear, and Changing Perspectives: The Impact of Using News as a Primary Source in Classrooms
Austin Lamb

Using news as a primary text in a media literacy class teaches students to think critically about the news, world events, and their own perspectives.    

Lessons on the Law

Looking Ahead: The 2018 Supreme Court Term
Catherine Hawke

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.     Law-Related

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.     US History

Teaching with Documents

Immigration Stories: Using Primary Documents to Help Students Explore Historical and Contemporary Immigration
Andrea Reidell

The featured documents related to the Chinese Exclusion Act can launch an engaging classroom lesson on the complicated history of United States immigration policy.     US History

Teaching the C3 Framework

C3 Teachers Blogging: Grappling with the Realities of Inquiry
Carly Muetterties

The educators’ blog space of the C3 Teachers website offers teachers a valuable opportunity to share their experiences on inquiry-based teaching and reflect on their own practices.     US History


Are Voter ID Laws Democratic? Teaching Deliberation for Informed Citizens
R. Zackary Seitz, Daniel G. Krutka, Prentice T. Chandler

Debating controversial issues such as whether voter ID laws safeguard or suppress democracy helps students evolve as informed and active citizens.    


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.    

Civic Power


Developing Civic Power
Karen Barss

This special section of Social Education shares a range of different approaches to uncovering and developing students’ understanding of civic power.    


Embracing Civic Power
Eric Liu

Teaching students power literacy means helping them understand the sources of power in civic life.    


Youth in Front: Supporting Youth-Led Social Action
Marti Tippens Murphy

Allowing students to take the lead in a specific social action campaign enables them to take classroom learning about the democratic process to a much deeper level.    


Global Insights for U.S. Civic Education
Laura Tavares

A holistic approach to teaching democratic citizenship developed by educators in newer democracies can offer valuable insights to American teachers.    


Civics in Action
Jessica Lander

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.