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Social Education, 2019
Discussions about immigration and refugee resettlement can be challenging to navigate. America's immigration system is highly complex, and confusion about who is allowed to enter the United States, and how, can lead to the spread of misinformation. It is also a highly salient topic that students are likely to encounter frequently in their daily…
Descriptors: Refugees, Land Settlement, Immigrants, Misconceptions
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Crowley, Ryan M.; King, LaGarrett J. – Social Education, 2018
Critical theory is one of the predominant schools of thought in the social sciences. Like all theory, it is a framework used for explaining--and examining--something about the world. Critical theory pays special attention to the social world, focusing on the hierarchical nature of social relations and examining how these unequal power…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Relationship
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Ferrarini, Tawni; Gwartney, James – Social Education, 2018
Many U.S. politicians have criticized the trade relations between the United States and countries like Canada, Mexico, and China. They argue that more is imported into the United States from these countries than is exported to these countries from the United States. Political action is needed, they claim. This article is designed to help educators…
Descriptors: Barriers, International Trade, International Relations, Public Officials
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Sperry, Sox – Social Education, 2018
Reflecting on the mediascape since the 2016 elections, it's tempting to think that "fake news" is strictly a twenty-first century phenomenon--designed by webmasters as clickbait for shadowy networks seeking power and profit. This article will explore some ways in which teachers can use the analytical tools of news literacy to unearth the…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Credibility, Media Literacy, Deception
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Journell, Wayne; Friedman, Adam M.; Thacker, Emma S.; Fitchett, Paul G. – Social Education, 2018
The notion of teaching social studies through inquiry is far from a new development. With the publication of the "College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History," however, there is arguably a greater emphasis on inquiry in K-12 social studies education…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hodgin, Erica; Kahne, Joe – Social Education, 2018
The changes in the online information landscape, the divisive nature of political life, and the growing distrust in democratic institutions have all contributed to the increasing circulation of misinformation. These dynamics have made assessing the credibility of information challenging for youth and adults alike. While we have much to learn,…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Teacher Student Relationship, Credibility, News Reporting
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Nader, Ralph – Social Education, 2018
Civic skills need to be practiced to keep the democracy strong, and civic training materials should be exciting and linked to real-world activities. Today, teaching government and social studies can be, must be, about students' real lives. A unit of study on "Tracking Congress" would offer an opportunity to connect civics and government…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Legislators, Democracy, Legislation
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Ruffing, Cathy; Arbetman, Lee – Social Education, 2018
Students feel strongly about the controversial topics elevated by recent and historic Supreme Court cases. Supreme Court cases provide materials for teaching about contested public issues in relevant and meaningful ways that help students develop critical decision-making skills, gain civic content knowledge, improve communication skills, and…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Laws
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Levicky, Michael; Busey, Christopher L. – Social Education, 2017
Sports can be used to facilitate analytical thinking when students are asked to critically conceptualize culture, societal institutions, and ways social capital is constructed within communities. In this article, the authors explore how one aspect of sports culture, pick-up sports, models democratic values. In analyzing the pickup game, as…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Team Sports, Athletics, Recreational Activities
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Clabough, Jeremiah; Wooten, Deborah – Social Education, 2016
Steve Sheinkin's "The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights" recounts the explosion at a U.S. Navy base in the summer of 1944 that claimed 320 lives. It is also a story of African American resistance against prejudice, segregation, and injustice in the armed forces during World War II. The book was a 2015…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Civil Rights, African Americans, Racial Bias
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Greiner, Jeff A. – Social Education, 2016
Teachers can successfully integrate student-centered, disciplined inquiry, and technology into their classroom using the three-part approach to monitoring instruction described in this article.
Descriptors: World History, History Instruction, Student Centered Learning, Inquiry
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Salvaterra, David; Scheuerell, Scott; Wagner, Mark – Social Education, 2016
The Civil War ended in 1865. From 2011-2015, Civil War sesquicentennial events took place around the nation. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium used the opportunity to feature two exhibits on the critical role that the river played during the Civil War. Both exhibits highlighted contributions to the war effort by the surrounding…
Descriptors: United States History, War, Museums, Exhibits
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Hawkins, Meghan; Lopez, Katie; Hughes, Richard L. – Social Education, 2016
In 1957, a civil rights organization called Fellowship of Reconciliation created a comic book to teach America's youth about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Entitled "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story," the comic book was enormously successful. John Lewis, a young civil rights activist at the time, recalled that the book was…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Civil Rights, African American History
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Hutchinson, Marcie Jergel; Harris, Lauren McArthur – Social Education, 2016
Through an integrated study of jazz music within the context of historical study, teachers and students can enrich both their historical and cultural knowledge. Music is an effective resource for teaching social studies, but it is often left out of secondary social studies classrooms. Jazz music selections make for particularly compelling primary…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Music, History Instruction, Social Studies
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Levy, Brett L. M. – Social Education, 2016
These days it is hard not to notice that there is an election going on. Whether glancing at a newspaper, flipping on the TV, or just walking down the street, we see ads and information nearly everywhere. In 2012, my research team's study involving hundreds of adolescents found that the mass media's increased attention to politics can contribute to…
Descriptors: Elections, Political Candidates, Inquiry, Active Learning
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