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Social Education September 2011

Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits Christine Blackerby
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.     US History

Commemorating 9/11 in the Classroom  Social Education Staff
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum provides educational resources that explore the ongoing impact of the September 11th attacks and the ways that volunteerism and art aid in healing, recovery, and rebuilding.     US History

Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden: The Background to September 11 The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.     US History

A Gift to America after 9/11: A Lesson for Young Learners Robert A. Waterson; Mary E. Haas
The present from the Maasai people to the American people described in a picture book offers an ideal opportunity for teaching young students about 9/11 in a manner that highlights global citizenship and compassion.     US History

From the Civil War to 9/11: Democracy and the Right to a Fair Trial Alan S. Marcus
The author examines The Conspirator—a film about the trial of Mary Surratt and the plot to murder President Lincoln—and outlines four key questions to guide teachers when using historical film in the classroom.     US History
Looking at the Law
Video Games and the First Amendment: Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association  Steven D. Schwinn
Students will explore the nuances of the First Amendment through a recent Supreme Court ruling that reversed a California court’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors.     Civics/Government

Bridging the Information Gap: American Youth Perceptions on Torture and Civilian Protection Emily Rose
Teaching students about the rules of international humanitarian law and the principle of respect for human dignity will prepare them to become responsible global citizens and leaders.     Global Connections
Surfing the Net
Saving Social Studies/Citizenship Education and Your Job Using the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
The websites highlighted here will provide social studies educators with resources to promote and safeguard social studies/citizenship education.     US History

In Defense of Memorization: The Role of Periodization in Historical Inquiry Dave Neumann
Though periodization requires the memorization of dates, it is an indispensable tool of historical inquiry.     US History

The Birth of a New Nation: The Republic of South Sudan Samuel Totten
The author traveled to the area of South Sudan just months before that country’s independence from the North. In this article, he outlines crisis points that continue to threaten the region’s stability.     US History
Research and Practice
Teaching Intellectually Challenging Social Studies in the Middle School: Problems and Possibilities Hilary G. Conklin
How ready are middle schoolers for intellectual challenge?    

Constitution Day Lesson Plans
The NCSS Publications archives and a number of educational websites offer excellent lesson plans that can help teachers prepare for Constitution Day.    

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