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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 Level     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 Level     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 Level    

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 Level    
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 Level    
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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    

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 Level    
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 Level    

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