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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. High School

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