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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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Seow, Tricia; Chang, Julian – Social Education, 2016
In this article, the authors suggest a project that social studies teachers can do with students, using the location of the school as a starting point to address the inquiry question: "Whose place is this space?" They provide resources, such as a sample case study and worksheets, to conduct a field-based exercise so that students can…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Place Based Education, Inquiry, Field Instruction
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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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