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Engebretson, Kathryn E. – Social Education, 2020
The amplification of women's voices and enfranchisement of their rights is a global issue that has gained momentum in the last century alongside the expansion of democracy. Women have seen their political presence increase in recent history, whether it be through suffrage and voting rights, parity of representation in governmental bodies, or…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Global Approach, Females, Citizen Participation
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Sperry, Chris; Scheibe, Cyndy – Social Education, 2020
In early February 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) named a new kind of media consumption ailment, saying, "The 2019-nCoV outbreak and response has been accompanied by a massive 'infodemic'--an over-abundance of information--some accurate and some not that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Media Literacy, COVID-19, Pandemics
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McNatt, Missy – Social Education, 2020
What do people think of when they hear the word "census"? For some, the word prompts them to think of representation in Congress; others think of genealogy and family history. For still others, the census is viewed as something strange or foreboding. Yet for teachers and students, census records can help create a meaningful and relevant…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Census Figures, United States History, Government Employees
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Porter, Corinne; Munn, Kathleen – Social Education, 2019
The nationwide commemoration in 2020 of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is an opportunity to explore not only women's long struggle to achieve this landmark moment, but also to engage in an exploration of women's civic engagement during the woman suffrage movement. The terms "woman suffrage" and "suffragist" often…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, United States History, Females, Civil Rights
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Seitz, R. Zachary; Krutka, Daniel G.; Chandler, Prentice T. – Social Education, 2018
The 2016 presidential election was the first since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in which full voting protections were not in place for historically marginalized voters. This shift was largely due to a 5-4 decision in "Shelby v. Holder" (2013) in which the Supreme Court ruled that states with a history of voter discrimination…
Descriptors: Voting, State Legislation, Democracy, Disadvantaged
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Turk, Diana B.; Berman, Stacie Brensilver – Social Education, 2018
A project-based approach to studying the civil rights movement can stimulate student engagement and their sense of connection to this historic period. The authors taught this project-based learning (PBL) unit on the American civil rights movement multiple times in the past 10 years to classes of middle school, high school general education,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, United States History, Civil Rights
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Lo, Jane C. – Social Education, 2018
Differences of opinion are inherent in controversial issues, because controversy arises when reasonable people disagree about the best way to reach a solution to a problem. However, social studies teachers tend to shy away from disagreements because they want to avoid upsetting students or parents by bringing up controversial topics in the…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Controversial Issues (Course Content), History, Social Studies
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Hallock, Robert; Smoot, Kathryn – Social Education, 2018
In this article, the authors begin by describing a classroom activity from part of the Diplomacy Challenge unit in their Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Advanced Placement (AP) World History Curriculum when students discover and analyze the history of the Early Modern Era (1450-1750). In this article, they explain how they have adopted PBL, its…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Advanced Placement, World History, History Instruction
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Murray, Alana; Woyshner, Christine – Social Education, 2017
In the early twentieth century in the American South, Black women teachers were especially dedicated to the creation of community and local institutions. They not only supported and taught Black history, but also created key texts that enabled a more accurate accounting of Black history. Educational leaders such as Nannie Helen Burroughs, Mary…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Curriculum, Females, African American History
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Schmeichel, Mardi; Janis, Sonia; McAnulty, Joseph – Social Education, 2016
While democratic nations like the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany have elected women to the preeminent position in their governments, there has never been a woman president in the United States. The upcoming presidential election provides an excellent opportunity to have students consider why the United States has yet to elect a woman…
Descriptors: United States History, Presidents, Women Administrators, Elections
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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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Jones, Megan; Rauch, Noah – Social Education, 2016
A close look at artifacts from September 11, 2001, can spark a powerful classroom lesson on the historic attacks. Some artifacts are massive, some fit in the palm of a hand, all serve to tell the story of what happened on 9/11 and in its aftermath. Throughout the year, students use these artifacts, and the stories behind them, to examine the…
Descriptors: Terrorism, United States History, Memory, Learning Activities
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Hauf, James – Social Education, 2016
This guided inquiry combines a structured approach to collecting and organizing data with substantial student autonomy in the important cognitive tasks of analyzing and drawing conclusions from the data. While the teacher decides on the compelling question, students are responsible for generating supporting questions. The detailed emphasis on…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Inquiry, International Trade, Questioning Techniques
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Breakstone, Joel; Wineburg, Sam; Smith, Mark – Social Education, 2015
In searching for alternatives to multiple choice tests and document-based questions, the authors were inspired by the common practice of "do-nows" (also known as "bell work") in which teachers give students a brief task at the beginning of class to prepare them for the day's lesson. Could these minutes at the start of class be…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Alternative Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Social Studies
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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2015
The Uncle Tom's Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel to explore how words can affect public opinion.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Novels, Public Opinion, United States History
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