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Social Education September 2007

Teaching with Documents
Constitution in Action Lee Ann Potter
Students take on the roles of archivists and researchers when they study primary documents at the Constitution in Action Lab. Secondary Level     US History, Civics/Government
Democracy Education
in Textbooks and Supplemental Curricula Diana Hess, Jeremy Stoddard
A survey of curricular materials developed to address 9/11, reveals there is great discrepancy on how the topic should be covered and what students should be learning. Secondary Level    

Out of Range: An Interview with Mark Tushnet on the Second Amendment James H. Landman
Interview and Teaching Activity by Michelle Parrini; The study of competing interpretations of the Second Amendment illuminates for students why an acceptable compromise on gun policies has been so elusive. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

An Idea Called America Michael Hartoonian, Richard Van Scotter, William E. White
A featured lesson plan invites students to consider the tension between private wealth and common wealth through a debate on healthcare.     Civics/Government
Surfing the Net
What I Learned at the NCSS Annual Meeting C. Frederick Risinger
With nearly four decades of NCSS conferences under his belt, the author reflects on the valuable networking and stimulating sessions, and highlights key educational websites from the increasingly technologically-adept exhibits. Secondary Level    
Research and Practice
High-Stakes Testing: How Are Social Studies Teachers Responding? S. G. Grant
While some teachers are tailoring content, instruction, and assessments to state exams in this era of high-stakes testing, ambitious teachers continue to create opportunities for powerful teaching and learning. Secondary Level    

Advocating for Social Studies: Documenting the Decline and Doing Something About It Katherine A. O'Connor, Tina Heafner, Eric Groce
Three North Carolina educators set out to meet with lawmakers in person about the negative effects of NCLB on teaching elementary social studies. An advocacy handout provides tips for other educators wanting to take their own initiatives. Secondary Level    
Elementary Education
A School-Wide Effort for Learning History via a Time Capsule C. Glennon Rowell, M. Gail Hickey, Kendall Gecsei, Stacy Klein
As an elementary school prepared to move to a larger building, the entire community joined together to create a time capsule for their counterparts of the future.     US History, Social Sciences

Connections to the Past: Creating Time Detectives with Archaeology S. Kay Gandy
Students' natural fascination with buried treasures and lost civilizations means that the study of archaeology can be an excellent manner of developing skills of historical investigation.     Social Sciences

Archaeology in the Classroom: Using the Dig Box to Understand the Past Amelia G. Chisholm, Mark P. Leone, Brett T. Bentley
Mock excavations, or dig boxes, offer students a hands-on opportunity to explore artifacts and to learn the principles of context and soil stratigraphy.     Social Sciences

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