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Ihrig, Jane; Wolla, Scott – Social Education, 2020
The Federal Reserve (the Fed) is the central bank of the United States. It has a congressional mandate to promote maximum sustainable employment and price stability. In normal times, the Fed seeks to achieve this mandate by setting the position or "stance" of monetary policy, primarily by managing the level of short-term interest rates.…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Federal Government, Economic Climate, Employment
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2010
Decades of research into which instructional strategies are successful in K-12 history and social studies conclude that having students write is extremely important. Effective writing assignments--whether a 3- to 5-paragraph essay, a longer term-paper-style assignment, or even a fictional short story based on a historical period or event--require…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, United States History, Local History, Web Sites
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Social Education, 2009
Many workers are employees of companies. These workers agree to do what the companies' owners tell them to do. In return, the companies pay the employees a wage or salary. This relationship, or contract, is an example of a principal-agent agreement: The company is the principal and the worker is the agent. The principal-agent agreement is the most…
Descriptors: Employer Employee Relationship, Employees, Business, Role
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2008
In this article, the author reviews the "Presidential Timeline" and 12 existing presidential library websites that will help teachers and students to focus on the presidency. The author found that some were much more "teacher-student friendly" than others. All of them had sections for educators, students, or researchers, but many include lesson…
Descriptors: Presidents, Government Libraries, Museums, Web Sites
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Suiter, Mary; Meszaros, Bonnie T. – Social Education, 2005
For several years, advocacy groups have recognized the need to strengthen financial education in the K-12 schools. Current statistics support their concerns. Financial illiteracy in the United States is astoundingly high. From 1992 to 2000, disposable personal income for Americans rose by 47 percent, but personal spending rose by 61 percent. In…
Descriptors: Income, Elementary Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, Teaching Methods
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Turner, Thomas N. – Social Education, 2005
Elementary Teachers today are under enormous pressure to teach children to read better. Teachers sometimes lose sight of the fact that if we can inspire children to want to learn, to want to read more about a topic, everyone wins--even the people whose sole interest is reading test scores. In the social studies, we want students to be thirsty for…
Descriptors: Reading Interests, Classroom Techniques, Social Studies, Ethnic Groups
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2004
During the season of political campaigns scores of bumper stickers, posters, and other items with slogans supporting one candidate or another suddenly appear and quickly multiply around neighborhoods and towns, with stickers plastered on cars, and posters hanging in windows, or posted in front yards. From George Washington to George W. Bush,…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Audiovisual Aids, Political Campaigns, United States History
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Plavin, Adrienne K. – Social Education, 1993
Presents a lesson designed for secondary economics classes. Students role play adults in selected occupations, create personal budgets, and make investment and savings decisions. Student directions and questions are included. (CFR)
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Economics, Economics Education, Role Playing
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Kirman, Joseph M. – Social Education, 1993
Asserts that recognizing and analyzing satire in the media is a thought-provoking and enjoyable way to teach current events. Provides an eight-step student guide for analyzing and discussing satire. Includes suggestions for teachers who want to use satire in the classroom. (CFR)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Current Events, Primary Sources, Satire
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Lampert, Julie – Social Education, 1992
Discusses highlights of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child that a student outlines in a letter to Senator William Bradley of New Jersey. Includes children's needs and problems. Describes the health care situation in the United States and its effect on children from poor families. Argues that the convention contains many advantages and…
Descriptors: Child Health, Child Welfare, Childrens Rights, International Cooperation
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Morrow, S. Rex – Social Education, 1991
Identifies six winners of the 1990 Carter G. Woodson Book Awards. Includes book title, author, publisher, and year. Provides a brief description of each book. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Book Reviews, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lankiewicz, Donald – Social Education, 1985
Senior high social studies students discuss how people who lived during the Great Depression viewed the future and then, coming back to the present, predict how 13 new industrial inventions of today may affect life a hundred years from now. (RM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Learning Activities
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Mayher, William S. – Social Education, 1985
How students and teachers in a private secondary school started a chapter of Amnesty International, the international human rights organization that received the 1977 Nobel Prize for Peace, is described. The many positive results of the experience are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, High Schools, International Cooperation, International Organizations
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Burroughs, Wynell; Mueller, Jean, Eds. – Social Education, 1985
In this unit of study secondary students learn about Raoul Wallenberg, the human rights crusader who protected thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi persecution. A primary source document from the National Archives--a letter written to President Truman by Guy von Dardel concerning the disappearance of his brother--is provided. (RM)
Descriptors: Anti Semitism, Civil Liberties, Jews, Learning Activities
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Mueller, Jean W., Ed. – Social Education, 1985
This primary source document can be used to teach secondary students about the rock 'n' roll era that emerged in the 1950's. The document is a letter written in 1958 by three teenagers to President Eisenhower concerning the induction of Elvis Presley into the U.S. Army. Class activities are also suggested. (RM)
Descriptors: American Studies, Cultural Context, Learning Activities, Music
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