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Social Education October 2019

October 2019 Social Education Cover


Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson


Teaching with Documents

Forging a Path to the 19th Amendment: Understanding Women’s Suffrage
Corinne Porter, Kathleen Munn

Examining the featured nineteenth- and early twentieth-century documents from women to Congress regarding voting rights can launch a fascinating classroom lesson on women’s suffrage and the First Amendment right to petition. Secondary/High School     US History, Civics/Government

Teaching the C3 Framework

Using Inquiry and Digital Storytelling to Teach about American Enslavement: Anna, One Woman’s Quest for Freedom
Grant Scribner, Aaron Johnson

An inquiry framed around the experience of an enslaved woman, highlighted in a recent film, offers an opportunity for meaningful student engagement with the history of American enslavement.

Secondary/High School     US History

Lessons on the Law

Supreme Court Looks to New Term, With Questions
Catherine Hawke

The new Supreme Court term will involve many high-profile cases for exploration with students that deal with major issues like immigration, gun control, LGBTQ rights, and the financial future of Puerto Rico. Secondary/High School     Law-Related


Has Social Media Made it Easier to Effect Social Change?: Inquiring into Tactics for Change through Primary Sources
Daniel G. Krutka, Marie K. Heath

A close look at the contemporary role of social media in social justice struggles can prompt an engaging class discussion about tactics for social change—from the 1963 Civil Rights March to the 2017 Women’s March. Secondary/High School     US History


A Feeling for the Past: The Role of Emotion in History Education
Dave Neumann

Recognizing the role that emotions have in shaping major decisions, including political loyalties, can help students engage in difficult conversations and better understand those with whom they disagree. Secondary/High School     World History

Research & Practice

Now You Can’t Just Do Nothing: Unsettling the Settler Self within Social Studies Education
Christine Stanton

Promising practices offer educators opportunities to confront the perspective of white settler colonialism that has permeated the study of the history of Indigenous peoples.

Secondary/High School     World History

Point of View

Historical Thinking Skills: A Second Opinion
Mike Maxwell

The emphasis on historical thinking skills in history education hasn’t lived up to its potential: without useful knowledge there can be no useful thinking. Secondary/High School     World History


State Legislatures, the Census, and Redistricting: Why the 2019 Elections are Important
Social Education Staff

Although off-year elections get little attention, following the 2019 state elections with students in the classroom can launch important discussions on the role of state houses in redistricting, gerrymandering, and on political trends that might influence next year’s presidential election.

Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Advocacy for Social Studies: The Need to Respond to the Updated NAEP Schedule
Tina L. Heafner

Our latest NCSS statement explains the significance of the NAEP assessment schedule changes, describes how these will affect our field, and calls our members to action to raise policymakers’ awareness of the ramifications of the updated schedule for the social studies.