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Social Education September 2009

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Teaching with Documents

Letter about the School Lunch Program
Missy McNatt

The featured document on federal aid for school lunches and the accompanying essay on the School Lunch Act provide students with a unique chance to study the role of government. Secondary/High School     US History

Looking at the Law

The Chicago 8 Trial, 40 Years Later: A Case Study in Teaching U.S. v. Dellinger (1969)
Jeanne Polk Barr

A class reenactment of the Chicago 8 trial offers students a close look at the rights and restrictions of free speech and dissent in America. Secondary/High School     Law-Related


Living Democracy: How Constitution High School Molds Better Citizens
Marc Brasof

One school's experiment in social education illustrates what can happen when students are encouraged not only to study democracy, but to practice it. Secondary/High School    


Tampering with History: Adapting Primary Sources for Struggling Readers
Sam Wineburg and Daisy Martin

Adapting sources for classroom use allows teachers to steer students toward authentic historical inquiry and away from a version of history determined exclusively by the textbook. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

Teaching about Comparative Government
C. Frederick Risinger

Educators will find the websites highlighted in this column useful for teaching about the history of government and government systems around the world. Secondary/High School    


The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives
Choices for the 21st Century Education Program, Brown University

In this lesson, students consider the principal alternatives facing U.S. policymakers dealing with Iran, before formulating their own points of view. Secondary/High School    


Copenhagen 2009: Could a Cap-and-Trade Market Combat Global Warming and Conserve Earth's Tropical Forests?
Harold Beedle and Bruce Calhoun

This background essay and accompanying handout can help students learn how global citizens can conserve tropical forests and reduce global warming. Secondary/High School    


Bottled or Tap? A Controversy for Science, Economics, and Society
Steven S. Lapham

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on bottled water. Students can learn about the costs and consequences of this choice. Secondary/High School    


Remnants from the Past: Using Scrapbooks to Make U.S. History Personal and Meaningful
John J. DeRose

Students learn how local history has coincided with national events and trends when they create scrapbooks to document the history of their high school. Secondary/High School    

Elementary Education

Creating Biography Webs to Investigate Individuals' Historical Contexts
Gary Fertig and Rick Silverman

Creating biography webs helps young learners recognize how people, economic conditions, and significant events shaped the personal development of historic individuals. PreK-Elementary     US History


The Dutch are Missing in the American Curriculum
Anne Claunch

The Dutch contribution to America's economic system and cultural fabric was highly significant, yet history textbooks barely mention their early seventeenth-century influence on America. Secondary/High School