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Social Education September 2017

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Editor's Notebook

Editors Notebook Michael Simpson

Teaching the C3 Framework

Questions that Compel and Support S.G. Grant, Kathy Swan, John Lee

Successful inquiries using the C3 Framework depend on compelling questions that structure an inquiry and supporting questions that allow the inquiry to unfold coherently.    
Lessons on the Law

Freedom of Information Laws Frank D. LoMonte

Learning about freedom of information laws, and how to request and examine public records, can provide students with a deeper understanding of how government works. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Sources and Strategies

Introducing Students to Thomas Jefferson—the Scientist—Through Correspondence about the 1811 Solar Eclipse Lee Ann Potter

Examining the featured letter from Thomas Jefferson about a solar eclipse can spark an engaging classroom lesson on the role of science in the early nineteenth century. Secondary Level     US History


The Past is Present: Teaching 9/11 in a Changing World Megan Jones

A 9/11 Memorial Museum exhibit of New Yorker magazine covers offers a framework for teaching about September 11th to a generation of students with no memory of that day. Secondary Level     US History
Surfing the Net

The 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entering World War I C. Frederick Risinger

The selected websites provide lesson plans and student activities for teaching about this year’s 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. The Surfing the Net column also appears as a blog at Secondary Level     US History, World History

Teaching Social Studies with Sports


Introduction-Teaching Social Studies with Sports John Sturtz, Jason L. Endacott

This special issue explores the intersection of sports and social studies.    


Generating Student-based Inquiry Using Compelling Questions from the World of Sports

This article highlights a range of opportunities for involving students in C3 Framework inquiries using sports as a guiding theme.     US History, Civics/Government, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology


Using Sports to Teach Civic Values Michelle Stacy

The selected primary sources can inspire a lesson on the historical connection between community building, citizenship education, and school athletic programs. Secondary Level     Civics/Government


Played in Full: Exploring the Democratic Values of Pick-Up Basketball and Soccer Michael Levicky, Christopher Busey

Investigating and discussing pick-up sports offers students an opportunity to see direct democracy in action. Secondary Level     Civics/Government


It Might Not Be a Matter of Life or Death, But Does Soccer Really Explain the World? Emma S. Thacker, David Hicks, Adam M. Friedman

A close examination of global soccer opens the door for students to tackle a host of political, social, and economic issues.

Secondary Level     Civics/Government, Economics, Geography, US History


Viva Baseball: Negro League Players, The Winterball Experience in Latin America Mary E. Corey, Mark Harnischfeger

An interactive website offers rich teaching materials for a lesson on Negro League ball players and their experiences free of segregation in Latin American winter leagues.     US History


What Makes a Skateboarder? Teaching High School Students How to Conduct Sociological Inquiry Stephen Day, Christopher Dague

Studying skateboarders and skate teams can trigger an interesting classroom inquiry about socialization and group identity. Secondary Level     Sociology


Ahead of the Curve or Maintaining the Status Quo? Examining the Social Impact of Sports on American Society Wayne Journell

An examination of inherent racial and social inequities in professional sports may give students deeper insight into the systemic inequities that plague our society as a whole. Secondary Level     Sociology


Social Media, Social Studies, and Social Justice: Finding the Intersection Between Sports Culture and American Pluralism Rory P. Tannebaum, Susan Cridland-Hughes

Integrating sports into the classroom offers an engaging opportunity to explore issues of culture, race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation with K-12 students.     Civics/Government, Sociology


“She Played to Win”: Babe Didrikson Zaharias Karon N. LeCompte, Lakia M. Scott

Babe Didrikson pushed gender limits, fought social stigma, and broke records. Suggested teaching activities will engage students in research and critical thinking about Didrikson and why her vast achievements are largely unknown. Secondary Level     US History, Sociology

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