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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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School     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/High School    

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/High School    


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/High School    

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