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Friesem, Elizaveta – Social Education, 2018
The term "biases" often comes up in classroom discussions about fake news. Teachers warn students that some sources of information are less trustworthy than others because their creators are biased, prejudiced, subjective, guided by unreasoned opinions. The country's political polarization is on the rise, and the term "biases"…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, News Reporting, Deception, Democracy
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Ruffing, Cathy; Arbetman, Lee – Social Education, 2018
Students feel strongly about the controversial topics elevated by recent and historic Supreme Court cases. Supreme Court cases provide materials for teaching about contested public issues in relevant and meaningful ways that help students develop critical decision-making skills, gain civic content knowledge, improve communication skills, and…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Laws
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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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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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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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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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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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Steele, Meg – Social Education, 2014
Sheet music, song lyrics, and audio recordings may not be the first primary sources that come to mind when considering ways to teach about changes brought about by technology during westward expansion, but these sources engage students in thought provoking ways. In this article the author presents a 1917 photograph of Mountain Chief, of the Piegan…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Primary Sources, American Indian Culture, American Indian History
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2014
In this article, director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress Lee Ann Potter describes a classroom activity that focuses on an 1876 single-page circular published in Salem, Massachusetts about Alexander Melville Bell's Visible Speech. A. M. Bell's son, Alexander Graham Bell described "Visible Speech" as "a…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Visual Literacy
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Cuenca, Alexander; Nichols, Joseph R., Jr. – Social Education, 2014
On August 9, Michael Brown, a college-bound black male, was fatally shot by a white police officer in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. For several days, jarring images of tear gas, militarized police, and unrest in Ferguson flickered on screens across the world. Undoubtedly, what brought Ferguson to the national consciousness--the death of a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Racial Relations, Racial Discrimination, Activism
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Stoddard, Jeremy – Social Education, 2014
Upon entering the social studies hallway in any middle or high school in the United States, you are likely to hear the sounds of a film or video emanating from at least one classroom. Though often perceived as a medium for low-level intellectual work, recent research has documented an increasing array of authentic and rigorous pedagogy with films.…
Descriptors: Films, Film Study, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment
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Heller, Stephen; Stacy, Jason – Social Education, 2013
The building of historical thinking skills has historically been a lonely endeavor for AP U.S. history teachers. Many often generate their own pedagogy, perhaps modified from an AP workshop or generally gleaned from released exam essay questions. However, as currently scheduled, in 2014, the AP U.S. history exam will undergo a redesign that will…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, United States History, Classroom Techniques, Thinking Skills
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Levine, Peter; Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei – Social Education, 2013
At every stage in the nation's history, the next generation must be deliberately educated to be active and responsible citizens. That is always a complex and challenging task, but the challenges differ as the context evolves. Today, students and teachers of civics face special barriers as well as unusual opportunities. For one thing, national…
Descriptors: Civics, Politics of Education, Political Affiliation, Ideology
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Porter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2013
Long before public libraries, online bookstores that ship directly to our homes, technologies that enable the downloading of publications directly to mobile devices, and social networks supporting virtual book clubs, eighteenth-century book readers relied heavily on literary societies, subscription libraries, and the advice of and selections made…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Fiction, Literature Appreciation, Reading Interests
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