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Social Education September 2014

Sources and Strategies

Encouraging Student Interest in the Economic Context of the Constitution with Continental Currency Lee Ann Potter

A close look at the featured currency issued by the Continental Congress can launch a lesson on the economic problems that preceded the drafting of the Constitution. Secondary Level    
Looking at the Law

What Constitution Day Means and Why it Matters Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Constitution Day offers an opportune time for students to explore the evolution of the founding document and examine its provisions for citizens’ rights and rules of government. Secondary Level     US History


Implementing the C3 Framework: Monitoring the Instructional Shifts Michelle M. Herczog

The strategies outlined by the author for implementing the C3 Framework will help teachers strengthen the study of civics, economics, geography, and history. Secondary Level    


Re-Establishing Social Studies as a Core Subject An Interview with Susan Griffin

The C3 Framework recognizes that inquiry is at the heart of social studies and that social studies classrooms should develop the ability to apply content knowledge to real-life issues. Secondary Level    


The C3 Framework: One Year Later An Interview with Kathy Swan

In the first year since its release, many states have integrated the C3 Framework into their standards while others are in the process of incorporating the key tenets — inquiry, disciplinary literacy, student agency, and civic engagement — into state policy documents. Secondary Level    


Turning Students into Voters: What Teachers Can Do Peter Levine

Teaching about the voting process and discussing current congressional campaign issues can boost student turnout for decades to come. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Research and Practice

Building the Civic Potential of Immigrant Youth Kathryn M. Obenchain, Rebecca M. Callahan

Social studies teachers can play a critical role in fostering the civic development of immigrant youth. Secondary Level     Civics/Government


Equal Protection, Immigration, and Education: Plyler v. Doe Joseph R. Feinberg, Frans H. Doppen, Matthew S. Hollstein

This lesson on the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment will give students a deeper understanding of the issues framing the current immigration debate. Secondary Level    
Point of View

Teaching about Personal Finance: The National Standards for Financial Literacy Andrew T. Hill, Mary C. Suiter

The financial literacy standards can help educators establish an academic base for the discipline of personal finance. Secondary Level     Economics
Surfing the Net

Teaching about World War I: “The War to End all Innocence” C. Frederick Risinger

The highlighted websites offer important resources for teaching students about World War I during this hundredth anniversary year. Secondary Level    


Maleficent Reborn: Disney’s Fairytale View of Gender Reaches Puberty Benjamin Justice

Recent Disney movies spotlighting intelligent female characters who work hard and do not define themselves in terms of men illustrate a major change from the formulaic fairy tales portraying female inferiority and dependency. Secondary Level     Social Sciences

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