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Percoco, James A. – Social Education, 2014
Students today are used to a rich visual dimension of living. Students carry with them to school each day devices that allow them to capture their lives in real time. This is possible because of the hard labor of men who toiled for hours to capture for time immemorial images that have become engrained in the American narrative. When teaching the…
Descriptors: War, United States History, Photography, Teaching Methods
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Sperry, Chris – Social Education, 2014
High school social studies teachers are always struggling to "cover the content" while addressing an ever-expanding set of additional demands. The Common Core expects literacy instruction to be incorporated into social studies. NCSS's new C3 Framework emphasizes teaching students to ask questions, evaluate sources, and communicate…
Descriptors: War, Propaganda, Critical Viewing, Criticism
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Hess, Diana E.; McAvoy, Paula – Social Education, 2014
Five years ago, Diana Hess was teaching a graduate seminar called "Democratic Education." The purpose of the seminar was to critically analyze two seemingly simple, but actually very complex, questions: What is democracy? What is democratic education? Both are contested concepts, and the seminar was designed to help students understand…
Descriptors: Simulation, Legislation, Political Affiliation, Political Attitudes
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Lucianek, Christine – Social Education, 2014
This article describes a lesson in which students will examine several views expressed by the founders to understand the context for including freedom of the press in the First Amendment. Students will be asked to think about the role that the news media and the need to be an informed citizen continue to play in our democracy. Students will…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Freedom of Speech, Constitutional Law
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Milson, Andrew J. – Social Education, 2014
American history demands to be mapped. The stories of exploration, the colonies, the Louisiana Purchase, and so on are incomplete without maps to locate historical places, events, and conflicts. Yet maps can do more for the history teacher than simply illustrating what happened where or what territory was acquired when. Maps also provide clues…
Descriptors: United States History, Cognitive Mapping, Geographic Distribution, Maps
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Vesperman, Dean P.; Haste, Turtle; Alrivy, Stéphane – Social Education, 2014
One of the most persistent and controversial issues facing the global community is climate change. With the creation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 and the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the global community established some common ground on how to address this issue. However, the last several climate summits have failed…
Descriptors: Climate, Simulation, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Kumler, Lori M.; Vosburg-Bluem, Bethany – Social Education, 2014
Weather phenomena across the United States have provided heightened attention to climate change in headlines such as "Heavy Rain and Floods: The 'New Normal' with Climate Change?" ("Christian Science Monitor," Aug. 14, 2014); "Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%"…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Climate, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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Wesson, Stephen – Social Education, 2014
Every iconic document owes a debt to a document that came before it, just as its creators were influenced by the thinkers and writers who came before them. The Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights were revolutionary works, and have become powerful symbols of democracy worldwide. Behind them stands an even older…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Critical Viewing, Intellectual History
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2014
On Tuesday, November 8, 1864, voters in 25 states--including Kansas, West Virginia, and Nevada for the first time--cast their ballots for president of the United States; voters in the 11 states that had seceded did not participate. Incumbent Abraham Lincoln ran as the Republican nominee (called the National Union Party in the 1864 election), and…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elections, Voting, United States History
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Lopez, Christopher – Social Education, 2014
Though poetry can be used to examine a number of topics, this author feels that it is especially illuminating when exploring war. On its surface, war is a ludicrous spectacle of human failings. The fact that countries allow disputes to be settled by a demonstration of each nation's ability to kill citizens of the other nation defies logic. In…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Poetry, Poets
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Berson, Michael J.; Berson, Ilene R. – Social Education, 2014
Educators have been increasingly sensitized to the role of schools in developing students' cyberethics, cybercitizenship, and cybersafety, which have emerged as one of the most pressing and yet unexplored areas of education. The Department of Defense has identified challenges to cybersecurity infrastructure as a significant risk for the…
Descriptors: Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, School Role, School Safety
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Saye, John – Social Education, 2014
Social studies teachers have the principal responsibility for developing competent citizens who can reason together about the challenges of democratic life. Always complicated, informed reflective citizenship is even more difficult in an age of exploding information, often from sources whose credibility has not been subject to editorial review.…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Newland, Rebecca – Social Education, 2014
The story of Abraham Lincoln's reaction to meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe is well known. Supposedly, the president greeted the formidable author with, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!" Although the two did meet in November 1862, there is no evidence that Lincoln said anything of the kind.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, Historical Interpretation, Thinking Skills
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Schwebel, Sara L. – Social Education, 2014
The Common Core State Standards call for the increased presence of nonfiction in the school curriculum and for students' exposure to narratives characterized by textual complexity. At first glance, these recommendations may discourage classroom teachers from continuing the longstanding instructional practice of using historical fiction to…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Fiction, Academic Standards
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Buchanan, Lisa Brown – Social Education, 2014
Historical documentary film usually offers content in a format that students find more engaging than traditional historical texts. In the classroom, documentary film can be positioned within a historical thinking framework to study a broad concept like civil rights while facilitating students' source work and skill development. While social…
Descriptors: Empathy, Social History, Social Studies, Civil Rights
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