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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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     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/High School     Civics/Government


Resources for Teaching News Literacy
Jaclyn Siegel

The suggested resources in this article can help teachers develop students' media literacy skills. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government