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Griffin, Susan – Social Education, 2016
Alarmed by the possibility of social studies being overlooked in this context of new national disciplinary standards, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools convened a meeting of 15 national organizations representing civics, economics, geography, and history, to begin a conversation about…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Social Studies, National Organizations, Common Core State Standards
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Heafner, Tina L.; Handler, Laura K.; Journell, Wayne – Social Education, 2016
Social studies teachers often find themselves in search of professional development that transforms lessons from facts, figures, and boldfaced vocabulary to lessons that develop the sophisticated thinking skills students need to make sense of the social issues of one's everyday world. Furthermore, teachers want their own learning to be similar to…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Faculty Development, Program Design, Inquiry
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Holland, Brooks – Social Education, 2016
Students get a valuable opportunity to debate the significance and purpose of Miranda rights by examining the Supreme Court case that led to the warning that police routinely issue.
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Criminal Law, Law Related Education
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Killham, Jennifer E.; Chandler, Prentice – Social Education, 2016
An examination in the classroom of well-chosen tweets not only illustrates how social media engages citizens in participatory democracy, but can spark enriching debates on current events.
Descriptors: Social Media, History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
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Sperry, Chris; Baker, Frank W. – Social Education, 2016
Media literacy expands the traditional concept of literacy to include the forms of communication that dominate the lives of our students. If our students are to be literate, we must teach them the skills and habits of literacy for print and non-print mediated messages. This National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) position statement…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Studies, National Organizations, Printed Materials
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Heafner, Tina L.; Zimmerman, Aaron; Triplett, Nicholas; Journell, Wayne – Social Education, 2016
In seeking a disciplinary literacy model that would enable students to express well-developed perspectives and argue contrasting views with the sound use of evidence, the authors developed a student-driven model that emphasized historical investigation, offered substance, and scaffolded reading and writing. To support their project, they created…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, United States History, Grade 8, High School Students
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Barss, Karen – Social Education, 2016
The current divisive presidential election highlights the importance of teaching students the skills of constructive public discourse. This article discusses the role teachers play in teaching students how to exchange ideas, listen respectfully to different opinions and experiences, try out ideas and positions, and give--and get--constructive…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Role, Interpersonal Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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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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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2016
The very first presidential proclamation was issued by President George Washington in the fall of 1789, during his first year in office. It followed a request from a joint committee of Congress asking that Washington recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. On October 3, Washington did just that--he…
Descriptors: Presidents, United States History, Social Studies, Speeches
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Miller, Alan C. – Social Education, 2016
At a time when algorithms shape and filter our newsfeeds, teaching students news literacy--how to differentiate credible information from misinformation--has taken on unprecedented importance.
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Information Literacy, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Heafner, Tina L.; Massey, Dixie D. – Social Education, 2016
The authors have worked with teachers across the country as they have exposed social studies students to primary source texts only to find consistent challenges with: (1) Academic language gaps (lack of content knowledge to contextualize or interpret texts); (2) Comprehension gaps (inability to accurately derive meaning from text); (3) Inaccurate…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, Literacy Education
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Jennings, Steve; Ekiss, Gale Olp – Social Education, 2016
A set of questions developed as an analytical tool can energize and deepen student investigations of historical maps.
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Geography, Primary Sources, History
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Middleton, Tracy – Social Education, 2016
Students often ask, "Why do we have to study history?" and teachers struggle with how to answer. If a history teacher's purpose is to simply teach students about historical events, then Dimension Four of the "College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework," "Communicating conclusions and taking informed action," seems…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2016
A radio broadcast of Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater during the 1964 election campaign can spark an engaging classroom discussion on candidates, campaign issues, and the role of media in elections.
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Political Campaigns, Elections, Mass Media
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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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