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Social Education September 2005

Book Review

Voices of a People s History of the United States

Reviewed by Andrea S. Libresco


Editor's Notebook


Teaching with Documents

—Lee Ann Potter
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential and most enduring constitutions in the world. Two little-known documents from the Constitutional Convention shed light on the Constitution s evolution.

Lesson Plans on the Constitution



No Time for Teas (Elementary Grades 3–5)

—Stacie Fieth and Neil Deason


Surfing the Net

An Internet Guide to Teaching the Constitution

—C. Frederick Risinger
The author spotlights some key websites teachers can consult for resources and lesson plans on the Constitution.

Looking at the Law


The Shadow War

—Michelle Parrini and Charles F. Williams
A renewed U.S. government emphasis on espionage to guard against future terrorist attacks brings with it a host of legal challenges concerning the identification and exposure of covert agents and their legal rights.



The Kingdom of Heaven: Teaching the Crusades

—Scott Alan Metzger
A recent Hollywood film about the Crusades helps students better understand the ongoing conflict between Islam and the West.



Connecting with Our Pioneer Past: Letters from the Homestead

—Gary Fertig
In the process of creating homestead dioramas and writing letters from the perspective of pioneers, students learn how geography and natural resources affect the economics and social relations of a community.



Telling Tales:The Teaching of American History through Storytelling

—Tony R. Sanchez and Randy K. Mills
Teachers can relate the excitement, paradox, and importance of American history to students by conveying the challenges of life in the past with stories.



Enduring Lessons of Justice from the World War II Japanese American Internment

—Nancy P. Gallavan and Teresa A. Roberts
Investigating the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II helps students develop an appreciation of constitutional rights and civil liberties.



Research and Practice: Social Studies and the Social Order: Transmission or Transformation?

—William B. Stanley
Educators have long pondered whether their duty in the classroom was to convey the status quo or to facilitate change. Here, the author presents three historic positions on the role of teachers with respect to the social order.