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Social Education September 2008

Looking at the Law

Ensuring Access to the Ballot Box: Voting Rights in the United States
Elizabeth M. Yang, Kristi Gaines

A close look at contemporary voting rights issuesvoter identification laws, English only laws, and felon disenfranchisementdemonstrates ways in which voting rights can be restricted by seemingly ordinary requirements. Secondary/High School     US History, Civics/Government


Question: Who Can Vote?
Misty D. Rodeheaver, Mary E. Haas

Key historical events changed voting practices in America and extended the right to vote. This article spotlights a few of those events, as well as contemporary voting issues, and outlines a teacher-tested lesson on voting. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Habeas Corpus and Enemy Combatants
Carolyn Pereira, Nisan Chavkin

The writ of habeas corpus has been a critical tool for balancing the rights of individuals with the government's responsibility to protect the nation's welfare. The featured elementary, middle, and high school lessons explore the significance of this right. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Frederick Douglass Changed My Mind about the Constitution
James Oakes

Like Frederick Douglass, this historian had originally viewed the Constitution as pro-slavery. Yet a close look at Douglass's writings revealed a Constitution that empowered the federal government to abolish slavery. Secondary/High School     US History

Surfing the Net

Remapping Neural Circuits, Civics, and Presidential Libraries: Coincidences? You Be the Judge
C. Frederick Risinger

This review of the Presidential Timeline and 12 existing presidential library websites will help teachers and students to focus on the presidency. Secondary/High School     US History

Research and Practice

The Two World Histories
Ross E. Dunn

Despite the urgent need to improve the world history curriculum, disagreements on the subject have divided scholars, educators, and policymakers into different camps at cross purposes with each other. Secondary/High School     World History

Elementary Education

Conducting Interviews to Learn about World War II
Mary E. Haas

The two featured lesson plans offer student interviewers the opportunity to evaluate multiple perspectives, interpret information, and draw historical conclusions. PreK-Elementary     US History


Fear, Panic, and Injustice: Executive Order 9066 A Lesson for Grades 4-6
Theresa M. McCormick

In this lesson, students use primary sources to understand how a climate of fear influenced the president to sign the order that forced the incarceration of Japanese Americans. PreK-Elementary     US History

Teaching with Documents

Rough Journal Page Documenting Ratification and Final Page of the Treaty of Paris, 1783
Lee Ann Potter

The featured documents highlight for students the significance of the Treaty of Paris, not only in ending the Revolutionary War, but also in transforming British North America. Secondary/High School     US History