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Social Education September 2016


Editor's Notebook 
Michael Simpson

(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents  
Sox Sperry

When students examine the highlighted election ads in the classroom, they will comprehend that many themes--including xenophobia, income inequality, and women’s political power--have been historical mainstays on the campaign trail.

High School US History

Which Candidate Should We Elect and Why?An Inquiry Approach to Teaching about Elections 
Brett L.M. Levy
Round-the-clock news coverage of candidates each election season increases student interest in politics and offers an ideal environment for carrying out the inquiry-based activities on the powers and limitations of the presidency. High School Civics-Government

Political Polling in Past and Present 
Syd Golston

How might election results and candidate positions have been different if there had been political polling a century ago?

High School Civics-Government

A Radio and a School: Using Stories to Teach 9/11 15 Years Later 
Megan Jones, Noah Rauch
A close look at artifacts from September 11, 2001, can spark a powerful classroom lesson on the historic attacks. High School US History
Lessons on the Law
The Separation of Powers and 15 Years of Anti-Terrorism Policies Since 9/11 
Steven D. Schwinn
The study of several post-9/11 Supreme Court cases will launch a spirited student debate on the separation of powers and our constitutional system of checks and balances. High School Civics-Government, Law-Related, US History

Pledging Allegiance: Negotiating National Responsibility, Religious Liberty, and the First Amendment 
Grace DiAgostino
Students will gain a deeper understanding of issues related to the First Amendment and religious freedom when they study two renowned Supreme Court flag-saluting cases. High School Civics-Government, US History

Provoking Student Interest in Civic Responsibility with an 18th Century Diary Entry 
Lee Ann Potter
A famous exchange with Benjamin Franklin recorded at the Constitutional Convention will challenge students to consider the significance of the decision to establish a republic. High School Civics-Government, US History

Give Us Your Best Advice: Assessing Deep Political Learning 
Walter C. Parker, Jane C. Lo
The instructional model described in this article engages students in lively simulations on real-world issues and deepens their knowledge of U.S. government and politics. High School Civics-Government
Surfing the Net
If I Only Could—Fred's Civics 
C. Frederick Risinger
These recommended websites provide teaching tools, lesson plans, and other resources for exploring key U.S. government and civics issues in the classroom. High School Civics-Government

Teaching Local History with Monumental Trees 
Mehmet Açıkalın, Joan Brodsky Schur, Engin Yolcu
In this local history project, students in Turkey learned about global history and current events while exploring centuries-old trees still living in their urban environment. Middle Level, High School World History

Responding to Refugees: Lessons from the Past 
Laura Tavares
Ken Burns’s film Defying the Nazis offers teachers an opportunity to enrich students’ thinking about the U.S. response to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. High School US History, World History

A Historic Museum Opens in the Nation's Capital: The National Museum of African American History and Culture 
Candra Flanagan

The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture opens this month in Washington, D.C.

US History

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