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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2009
In this article, the author addresses classroom teachers, department heads, and supervisors who have direct contact with students and what they learn. They need to tell students, parents, policymakers, and everyone else that social studies is critical and that the NCSS mission statement is not just a nice set of words, but absolutely crucial to…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Citizenship Education, Position Papers
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Ryan, John Paul – Social Education, 2009
In this article, the author goes beyond Supreme Court decisions to investigate the upbringing and personalities of three Supreme Court justices who left their mark on history: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Sandra Day O'Connor. His interviews with their biographers, G. Edward White for Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Juan Williams…
Descriptors: Judges, United States History, Court Litigation, Biographies
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Potter, Lee Ann; Eder, Elizabeth K. – Social Education, 2009
On July 23, 1787, delegates at the Constitutional Convention established a Committee of Detail to prepare a report and a printed draft of a Constitution "conformable to the proceedings of the convention." Two weeks later, the committee submitted a printed rough draft to the delegates for their consideration. In this first draft, the Preamble began…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), United States History, Constitutional Law, Sculpture
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Anson, Staci – Social Education, 2009
For years, when the author taught about World War II, she used primary and secondary source readings, she presented Power Points, and had her students watch newsreels and other video clips. Today, her students interact with actual artifacts from history so that they can draw conclusions and gain understanding about what the soldiers' lives were…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, War, United States History, Class Activities
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2009
In this article, the author describes Internet sites that can help both in-service and pre-service teachers effectively integrate literature and the arts into their social studies instruction. For teachers who already spend time finding and using Internet resources on this topic, some of the recommended sites may seem too basic. Even so, the…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Art Education, Literature, Integrated Curriculum
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Lovorn, Michael G. – Social Education, 2009
Social studies content is more meaningful to students when they can empathize with the people they study. Such empathy can be fostered via content material that is presented in a relevant, emotional, intimate, and even entertaining manner. Folk music offers this type of creative and constructive approach. The elementary school classroom is the…
Descriptors: United States History, Music, Folk Culture, Vocabulary
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Au, Kathryn – Social Education, 2009
Culturally responsive instruction appears to offer the potential to improve students' academic achievement and chances for success in school. However, it is not easy to see how culturally responsive instruction can be applied, especially in classrooms with students of many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In the first section of this…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Pluralism, Student Diversity
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Peterson, Nancy – Social Education, 2009
In this article, the author describes the approach she used to teach American government to high school seniors. Beginning with a court procedure unit, the central strategy she used for this unit was a murder mystery that peaked the students' curiosity and encouraged them to think like scientists and lawyers. The court procedure lesson uses a…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, United States Government (Course), Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Social Education, 2009
In the 21st century, media literacy is an imperative for participatory democracy because new information/communication technologies and a market-based media culture have significantly reshaped the world. The better prepared students are to critically question the information and media they are seeing, hearing, and using, the more likely they are…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Studies, Position Papers, Curriculum Implementation
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2009
That primary source documents have the power to bring the past alive is no news to social studies teachers. What is new in the last 10 years is the number of digitized documents available online that teachers can download and use in their classrooms. Encouraging teachers to utilize this ever-increasing treasure trove of resources was the goal of…
Descriptors: World History, Primary Sources, Social Studies, History Instruction
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Chill, Abigail S. – Social Education, 2009
Is the anticipated move of a school to a new location a source of curious excitement and optimism or an occasion for trepidation, recrimination, and anxiety? As plans to relocate the Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel from Kfar Shmaryahu (its location for over 40 years) to Even Yehuda became more immediate, teachers and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Service Learning, Foreign Countries, International Schools
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Chick, Kay A. – Social Education, 2009
The Battle of Bull Run is routinely cited as the first land battle of the Civil War. This battle between Union and Confederate forces took place near Manassas, Virginia, on July 21, 1861. But was this battle really the initial skirmish between the North and the South? Historians today concede that the first land battle actually took place on June…
Descriptors: United States History, Textbooks, Elementary Secondary Education, War
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Mitsakos, Charles L.; Ackerman, Ann T. – Social Education, 2009
Schools in the late sixties and early seventies had many options and were engaged in implementing a variety of programs rooted in the social science disciplines with effective pedagogy drawn from social studies educators. With the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, one can observe the drastic changes made in the way social…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Innovation, Scores
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Claunch, Ann – Social Education, 2009
The Dutch are missing in any U.S. history textbook, in the content standards, and in the nationally endorsed curriculum. Outside of New York State history classes, there is almost no mention of the Dutch influence in early 17th-century America. Fleeting references to the Netherlands as a staging area for the Pilgrims' famous "Mayflower"…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences
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Benedetto, Katy; Lamb, Alexandra; Cohen, Robert – Social Education, 2009
September 11, 2001, is a day most American high school students remember. They may not fully grasp the events that took place, the reasons behind the terrorist attacks on the United States, or their implications, but they remember. They were children when this national trauma occurred--and they saw those unforgettable television images of the…
Descriptors: Terrorism, National Security, Democracy, Primary Sources
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