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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.

Secondary/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. Secondary/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?

Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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. Secondary/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, Secondary/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. Secondary/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