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Social Education September 2018

Editor's Notebook
Editors Notebook Michael Simpson
Lessons on the Law
Sports Betting in the States, and the Future of the Game John Wolohan
A recent Supreme Court decision legalizing sports betting throughout the United States can serve as an excellent springboard into a lesson on the Tenth Amendment and states' rights. Secondary Level     Law-Related, Civics/Government

Comeback Season: The Power of Sports after Tragedy Megan Jones
From Pearl Harbor to 9/11, sports has played a significant role in helping Americans move forward in the face of tragedy. Secondary Level     US History
Teaching with Documents
I Like Ike But ... Joel Walker
A personal letter from President Eisenhower to his older brother brings to light a number of issues ripe for classroom exploration ranging from Eisenhower's views on the Constitution to U.S. actions in 1953 aimed at securing access to Iranian oil. Secondary Level     US History
Sources and Strategies
Motivating Student Appreciation of the Federalist Papers with a Handwritten Note by Thomas Jefferson Kaleena Black
An annotation by Thomas Jefferson in his copy of The Federalist can fuel intriguing questions for student exploration on The Federalist Papers and the meaning of the term federalist. Secondary Level     US History, Civics/Government
Teaching the C3 Framework
Getting Inquiry Design Just Right Wayne Journell, Adam M. Friedman, Emma S. Thacker, Paul G. Fitchett
Creating an effective compelling question is the cornerstone of any inquiry that engages students with evidence in critical ways. Secondary Level     US History, Civics/Government

Media Literacy

Fake News and Media Literacy: An Introduction Chris Sperry
This special issue of Social Education highlights established methodologies, research, and resources to enhance students' critical thinking and media literacy. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Misinformation in the Information Age: What Teachers Can Do to Support Students Erica Hodgin, Joe Kahne

Three educational approaches outlined in this article help young people develop the capacity to judge the accuracy and credibility of online information.

Secondary Level     Civics/Government

An Assessment of Student Critical Thinking Skills The Lehman Alternative Community School
In this assessment, students examine a YouTube video, excerpts from an opinion article, and a webpage screenshot, before answering questions about each source's credibility and point of view. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Teaching Students to Navigate the Online Landscape Joel Breakstone, Sarah McGrew, Mark Smith, Teresa Ortega, Sam Wineburg
There is no silver bullet for combatting the forces that seek to mislead online, but we can equip students with a digital tool belt stocked with strategies. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

News Literacy Lesson #1: There's Nothing New about Fake News Sox Sperry
If our students are to become engaged citizens, they must learn to ask questions about accuracy, credibility and bias, and to reflect on their own biases. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Hidden Biases and Fake News: Finding a Balance between Critical Thinking and Cynicism Elizaveta Friesem
When we recognize our own biases and encourage young people to do the same, we help students understand that there is a continuum of options between not trusting anybody and blindly trusting selected experts. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

The Upside of Fake News: Renewed Calls for Media Literacy Peter Adams
The guiding principles outlined in this article are essential for teaching students to differentiate between misinformation and credible sources. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Facing Fake News: Five Challenges and First Amendment Solutions Anna Kassinger, Kirsti Kenneth
The First Amendment provides crucial context and offers a perfect lens for teaching students the skills of accessing, analyzing, and evaluating information. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

To Create Media Literate Students, We Need to Start Making Media Rachel Roberson
Making media in the social studies classroom is an ideal way to teach students to be truly media literate. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

Resources for Teaching News Literacy Jaclyn Siegel
The suggested resources in this article can help teachers develop students' media literacy skills. Secondary Level     Civics/Government

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