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Social Education September 2006

Teaching with Documents

Population Estimates Used by Congress During the Constitutional Convention—

Lee Ann Potter
The featured document enables students to consider the role population estimates played in determining the structure of the U.S. Congress.



Now and Then: The U.S. Reaches 300 Million

—Judith Waldrop and Kimberly Crews, U.S. Census Bureau
In 1967, the United States population topped 200 million. In 2006, the nation will reach 300 million. This article compares key statistics that highlight how much the country has changed in four decades.

Surfing the Net    


Teaching about the Big Three-O (300 Million) Using the Internet

—C. Frederick Risinger
While many websites on the U.S. population focus on immigration policy, these selected sites can help teach students specifically about population growth and the 300 million milestone.



Constitution Day: Start the School Year with Civics

—Eli J. Lesser
This Constitution Day lesson plan looks at the influence of specific thinkers and their writings on the Constitution.



First-Hand Civics: Students Volunteer at the Polls

—Social Education Staff
As the nation gears up for the fall elections, many students are experiencing the political process up-close.



A New Look at Voter Turnout: Good News After All?

—Social Education Staff
Though many studies say U.S. voter participation is declining, one respected researcher suggests that voter participation has been wrongly measured to-date.



May Madness! A Classroom Competition Merges Historical Research with Public Debate

—Isaac Cosby Hunt III
In this end-of-the-year project, AP U.S. history students wage a competitive battle to determine the most significant American of the twentieth century.

Elementary Education


Using Art to Teach History to Young Learners

—Lois McFadyen Christensen
This lesson plan offers elementary students the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement through the memory-inspired paintings of folk artist and voting rights activist Bernice Sims.

Research and Practice


The Social Studies Wars, Now and Then

—Ronald W. Evans
The author places contemporary controversies about the social studies curriculum in a historical context.



The State of Social Studies: A National Random Survey of Elementary and Middle School Social Studies Teachers

—James S. Leming, Lucien Ellington, and Mark Schug
This survey of more than 1,000 elementary and middle school teachers nationwide offers a unique view of social studies practices and challenges in our schools today.


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