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Minigan, Andrew P.; Westbrook, Sarah; Rothstein, Dan; Santana, Luz – Social Education, 2017
In 2011, Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana of the Right Question Institute first wrote about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple yet rigorous stepwise process to teach all students how to ask better questions, in their book "Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions". Through the QFT, students learn how…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Books, Thinking Skills, Creative Thinking
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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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Healy, Shawn; Dobson, L. Douglas; Kyser, Janis; Herczog, Michelle M.; Genzer, Debbie – Social Education, 2014
Civic learning for all students seems like a reasonable and important aim for all schools to achieve. If we believe that the future of our American democracy depends on a citizenry that is informed, engaged, and responsible, what better place to create future citizens than in schools? The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Action, Civics, Institutional Mission
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Ladd, Brian; Stepp, Heidi – Social Education, 2013
Amador Valley High School, in Pleasanton, California, uses two unique approaches to teaching Advanced Placement Government and Politics. AP Government consists of six units: Constitutional Underpinnings; Political Behavior and Political Beliefs; Mass Media, Interest Groups, and Political Parties; Institutions of Government; Civil Liberties and…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Government (Administrative Body), Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Hartwick, James M. M.; Levy, Brett L. M. – Social Education, 2012
Last summer, California and Massachusetts became the sixth and seventh states--along with Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland--to send a resolution to the U.S. Congress calling for a constitutional amendment to (1) end the court's extension of personhood rights to corporations, and (2) enable the government to definitively…
Descriptors: United States History, Elections, Constitutional Law, Policy Analysis
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Wineburg, Sam; Smith, Mark; Breakstone, Joel – Social Education, 2012
Research has shown that formative assessment is a key ingredient in raising student achievement. The goal of formative assessment is not to grade students, but to pinpoint where they are having trouble and then to take appropriate instructional action. In a review of 250 studies, Black and Wiliam found that formative assessments had a more…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Primary Sources, Teaching Methods, Validity
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Waters, Stewart; Russell, William B., III – Social Education, 2012
International revulsion at the violation of human rights during World War II helped spark a global movement to define and protect individual human rights. Starting with the creation of war crimes tribunals after the war, this newfound awareness stimulated a concerted international effort to establish human rights for all, both in periods of war…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, War, World History, History Instruction
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Schwinn, Steven D. – Social Education, 2011
Video games today give players an unprecedented opportunity to become part of the game. They literally put players in the game. And with rapid technological improvements and endless creativity, games are only becoming more realistic. They are also becoming more violent. Today's games allow players to kill, maim, dismember, and torture victims by…
Descriptors: Video Games, Constitutional Law, Children, Youth