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Fehn, Bruce; Johnson, Melanie; Smith, Tyson – Social Education, 2010
Elementary and secondary school history students demonstrate a great deal of enthusiasm for making documentary films. With free and easy-to-use software, as well as vast online, archival resources containing images and sounds, students can sit at a computer and make serious and engaging documentary productions. With students affectively engaged by…
Descriptors: Documentaries, Educational Technology, History Instruction, Production Techniques
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Gray, George E., Jr.; Lee, John K. – Social Education, 2010
Social studies teachers assess their students in a number of ways. Among these are formative assessments, authentic assessments, and summative low-level multiple-choice tests. Working with two classrooms of low-achieving U.S. history students, the authors compared student experiences in traditional units to those in units that integrated an…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Cognitive Style, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes
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Rosenbaum, David L. – Social Education, 2010
On the morning of September 1, 1960, Herb Klein and Pierre Salinger met in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., to discuss the details of what would be the first televised presidential debate. Klein was press secretary for Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon and Salinger was press secretary for Democratic candidate Senator John…
Descriptors: Legislators, Political Campaigns, Television, Debate
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Ochoa-Becker, Anna – Social Education, 2010
While there may be no definitive answers for navigating questions of school authority and teacher independence, the author outlines in this article some useful guideposts. These guideposts are not prescriptive; rather, they are important food for thought. They do not guarantee easy solutions. However, social studies teachers are preparing young…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Social Studies, Teacher Educators
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Morgan, Mat – Social Education, 2010
After a disaster, or in the midst of a conflict, the news that finds its way into people's homes has a uniquely powerful effect on their psyche. Vulnerable people are caught in destructive forces beyond their control. The scenes people see are post-apocalyptic. The stories are gripping, spanning themes of luck, loss, hope, love, and wild fear,…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Altruism, Conflict, Poverty
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Stokes, John A. – Social Education, 2010
In this classroom simulation, students travel back in time to 1945, when racism was institutionalized in many states through segregation. Though students cannot literally travel back to the Jim Crow era, teachers can create a situation that brings home the point of injustice and the choices individuals are faced with in such situations. Suddenly,…
Descriptors: United States History, Racial Segregation, Simulation, Civil Rights
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2010
In this article, the author examines the practice of the filibuster, using as the featured document the signed cloture motion in the Senate for an end to the filibuster to block the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The accompanying teaching activities enable teachers to introduce their classes to the history and practice of the filibuster. (Contains 1…
Descriptors: United States History, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Gifford, Rob – Social Education, 2010
Panda-hugger and dragon-slayer are phrases used to describe two different kinds of China-watchers, and increasingly, two different types of people in the general public. A panda-hugger is someone who says that almost everything going on in China is good, that China's progress is a great thing for the world, and that any problems are peripheral. A…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Foreign Countries, Political Attitudes, Social Studies
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Stapleton, Kristin – Social Education, 2010
Different generations of Americans understand China quite differently. This, of course, is true of many topics. However, the turbulence of Chinese history and U.S.-China relations in the 60 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 has deepened the gaps in generational thinking about China. Those who came of age in…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Asian History, Social Change, Instructional Design
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Zheng, Shiping – Social Education, 2010
In recent years, there has been much talk in the media and the academic world about the "rise of China," as if China were a young country. Because the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated its sixtieth birthday only last October--and because the PRC was not admitted into the United Nations until 1971 and did not become a member of…
Descriptors: Prediction, Social Change, Foreign Countries, Asian History
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Angle, Stephen C. – Social Education, 2010
There is ample evidence that Confucianism is undergoing a multi-faceted revival in contemporary China. This can be seen in government slogans, in a runaway best seller on the "Analects" (the compendium of Confucius's teachings), in educational experiments, and in academic activities. The twentieth century was a bad century for…
Descriptors: Asian Culture, Confucianism, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Hessler, Peter; Bradeen, Ryan; Wang, Richard; Masalski, Kathleen Woods – Social Education, 2010
This article presents four stories of personal experiences of China. In "A Journey Between China's Past and Present," Peter Hessler, a former Peace Corps volunteer and author, highlights misconceptions between Chinese and Americans and the desire both peoples share for knowledge about one another. In "Life on Liberation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Personal Narratives, Cultural Differences
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Lee, Tanya – Social Education, 2010
As it becomes increasingly essential to include China in the social studies curriculum, teachers are faced with the challenges of finding appropriate, high-quality resources, and, more fundamentally, of engaging students with a culture and a place far removed from their own. Film and video can address both issues, and there is a wealth of…
Descriptors: Ideology, Documentaries, Educational Media, Foreign Countries
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Golston, Syd – Social Education, 2010
The Federal Writers' Project was an arm of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Franklin Delano Roosevelt's massive program to put the unemployed back to work. The Writers' Project was charged with producing an extensive guidebook for each of the 48 states; and more than 6,000 local newspaper writers, novelists, poets, college professors, and…
Descriptors: United States History, Economic Climate, Structural Unemployment, Authors
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2010
In this article, the author shares her experience and her observations as a Roving Scholar of American Studies in Norway through the Norway Fulbright Foundation grant. The author visited upper secondary schools all over Norway, teaching lessons to both students and teachers on topics related to U.S. history, government, culture, and geography. She…
Descriptors: United States History, American Studies, Computers, Foreign Countries
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