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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/High School    

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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School     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/High School     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/High School    

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/High School     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/High School    


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/High School     Social Sciences