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Emenaker, Ryan – Journal of Political Science Education, 2014
"Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Constitution" is an engaged-learning activity that has been conducted in 26 classes over the past four years. The activity teaches multiple themes commonly included in a variety of courses on American politics such as federalism, congressional powers, the role of the federal courts, and the relevance of the commerce…
Descriptors: Political Science, College Students, Educational Games, Legislators
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McGarry, Lorraine S.; Stoicovy, Donnan M. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
At the beginning of every school year at Park Forest Elementary School (PFE), it is customary for teachers to invite their students to participate in establishing guidelines for behavior and citizenship in their respective classrooms. Teacher Lorraine McGarry and principal Donnan Stoicovy began the 2012-13 school year, however, by taking this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Democracy, Meetings
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Tagliaferro, Heather – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2012
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Change can be scary. Quite often people find themselves venturing down an unknown path, unsure of what twists and turns will come their way. This uncertainty brings about questions, anxiety, and for some, a sense of panic. Similar emotions…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Career Readiness, College Readiness, Alignment (Education)
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Singer, Alan J. – Social Education, 2012
The most common activity in a social studies classroom should be the analysis of primary sources. Students are intrigued and engaged by edited and unedited documents, written statements, transcribed speeches, photographs, pictures, charts, graphs, cartoons, and even material objects. Ideally, the goal of social studies teachers is to prepare…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Social Studies, Controversial Issues (Course Content), World History
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Main, Thomas J. – Policy Review, 2011
In planning a freshman undergraduate curriculum with colleagues recently, the question arose as to what type of understanding educators wanted to impart to their students about the Constitution. The alleged defects of the Constitution that these books point to are wide-ranging and can be classified into various categories. Some problems--such as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Slavery, Federal Government, Constitutional Law
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Bennett, Linda; Cunningham, William – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2011
Each year, third graders in a rural Missouri intermediate elementary school are presented with a challenge--to collaborate on a virtual adventure to the nation's capital to find answers to these questions: (1) What were the main purposes of the Declaration of Independence?; (2) What is the purpose of the United States Constitution?; and (3) Why is…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education
Adams, Helen R. – School Library Monthly, 2009
Many school librarians fear a challenge to the resources in their libraries. This article begins a three-part series on challenges to resources in school libraries. It focuses on an overview of the definition of a challenge, what is challenged, and why, as well as what, happens during a challenge. The second part will explore the concept of…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Intellectual Freedom, Library Materials
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Knaresborough, Adam – Social Education, 2009
Early in the year, the students of history and government at Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia, began to devise hand motions to help memorize the 27 amendments to the Constitution for government class. Three students in the school who are interested in hip hop music then suggested composing a rap song about the topic. Working with…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Constitutional Law, United States History, Memorization
McCune, Bonnie F. – Library Media Connection, 2008
The announcement of the mandate for Constitution and Citizenship Day shortly before September, 2005, probably led to groans of dismay. Not another "must-do" for teachers and schools already stressed by federal and state requirements for standardized tests, increasingly rigid curricula, and scrutiny from the public and officials. But the…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Librarians
Komer, Richard D.; Neily, Clark – Institute for Justice, 2007
This report, for the first time ever, provides a state-by-state breakdown of the key elements a policymaker needs in order to understand the legal environment for school choice in any given state--and to craft appropriate legislation to expand educational opportunity. This guide is intended to arm policymakers and advocates with the essential…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Opportunities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Russo, Charles J. – Education and the Law, 2007
Enshrined in the First Amendment as part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the then 4 year old US Constitution in 1791, it should be no surprise that freedom of speech may be perhaps the most cherished right of Americans. If anything, freedom of speech, which is properly treated as a fundamental human right for children, certainly stands out…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, National Security, Courts, Constitutional Law
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Soronen, Lisa E. – Journal of School Health, 2007
Background: Because of school districts' interest in best serving the health needs of students, many choose to administer surveys addressing controversial topics. Administering such surveys in a voluntary and anonymous manner may help reduce conflict. Methods: This is a review of 2 recent federal court of appeals decisions regarding surveying…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, School Districts, Health Needs, Federal Courts
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2007
In 2004, Commissioner of Education D. Kent King appointed a statewide task force to study Missouri high schools and make recommendations on strengthening the ways they help students prepare for life after high school. The State Board of Education adopted the following recommendations in 2005 and 2006. The State Board of Education increased minimum…
Descriptors: United States History, High Schools, Core Curriculum, Health Education
Bryant, James A., Jr. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
Social studies and history have taken a back seat to other subjects in recent years, but the author argues that there is far too much at stake to allow these important fields to become irrelevant. To drive home the point, in this article, he shares a story about the 9/11 Commission, that made headlines in 2004.
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Social Studies, Terrorism
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2005
This article explores the drafting of the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution is the longest-lasting written national constitution in the world. Its four parchment pages serve as the blueprint for a government under which more than 290 million Americans live. It holds great significance for the American people and for others…
Descriptors: Archives, United States History, Constitutional Law, United States Government (Course)
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