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Herczog, Michelle M. – Social Education, 2014
The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards calls upon social studies teachers to enhance the rigor of civics, economics, geography, history and the other social studies disciplines while building the critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills of students to help them become actively…
Descriptors: Social Studies, State Standards, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
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Jamieson, Kathleen Hall – Social Education, 2014
For almost three quarters of a century, advocates have worked to give comparable federal stature to September 17, the day on which we celebrate the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by the nation's founders. As President John F. Kennedy noted in his 1961 Constitution Day proclamation, it is a day for…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Civics
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Lavine, Peter – Social Education, 2014
Political participation is seriously unequal. For example, young adults who finish college vote at almost three times the rate of contemporaries who have dropped out of high school. That gap translates into disparities by race and class. Effective civic education can reduce such inequality and make our democracy more representative. Teaching…
Descriptors: Voting, Teaching Methods, Citizen Participation, Civics
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Griffin, Susan – Social Education, 2014
NCSS Executive Director Susan Griffin was chair of the Task Force of Professional Organizations that worked with the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction Collaborative (SSACI) of the Council of Chief State School Officers to initiate and guide the development of the "College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Core Curriculum, Interviews, Opinions
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Social Education, 2014
On September 17, 2013 (Constitution Day), the C3 Framework was released under the title "The College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History." The C3 Project Director and lead writer was NCSS member Kathy Swan, who is…
Descriptors: Interviews, Social Studies, State Standards, Guidance Programs
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Social Education, 2014
The introduction of standards-based instruction ushered in a movement to clearly articulate the academic outcomes for students across the curriculum. State departments of education and local school districts across the nation have invested tremendous resources to define what students "need to know and be able to do" in English Language…
Descriptors: Social Studies, State Standards, Standard Setting, Position Papers
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Kissling, Mark T.; Martell, Christopher C. – Social Education, 2014
In the era of smartphones and 24-hour news networks, the State of the Union address is a major event. All national media outlets--in print, on television, on the Internet--report on the address, some almost exclusively in the days leading up to and after the speech. In this article, considering their experiences teaching about the address, and…
Descriptors: Speeches, Presidents, Educational Opportunities, Program Proposals
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Percoco, James A. – Social Education, 2014
Students today are used to a rich visual dimension of living. Students carry with them to school each day devices that allow them to capture their lives in real time. This is possible because of the hard labor of men who toiled for hours to capture for time immemorial images that have become engrained in the American narrative. When teaching the…
Descriptors: War, United States History, Photography, Teaching Methods
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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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Hess, Diana E.; McAvoy, Paula – Social Education, 2014
Five years ago, Diana Hess was teaching a graduate seminar called "Democratic Education." The purpose of the seminar was to critically analyze two seemingly simple, but actually very complex, questions: What is democracy? What is democratic education? Both are contested concepts, and the seminar was designed to help students understand…
Descriptors: Simulation, Legislation, Political Affiliation, Political Attitudes
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Lucianek, Christine – Social Education, 2014
This article describes a lesson in which students will examine several views expressed by the founders to understand the context for including freedom of the press in the First Amendment. Students will be asked to think about the role that the news media and the need to be an informed citizen continue to play in our democracy. Students will…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Freedom of Speech, Constitutional Law
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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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Vesperman, Dean P.; Haste, Turtle; Alrivy, Stéphane – Social Education, 2014
One of the most persistent and controversial issues facing the global community is climate change. With the creation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 and the Kyoto Protocol (1997), the global community established some common ground on how to address this issue. However, the last several climate summits have failed…
Descriptors: Climate, Simulation, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Kumler, Lori M.; Vosburg-Bluem, Bethany – Social Education, 2014
Weather phenomena across the United States have provided heightened attention to climate change in headlines such as "Heavy Rain and Floods: The 'New Normal' with Climate Change?" ("Christian Science Monitor," Aug. 14, 2014); "Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%"…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Climate, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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Wesson, Stephen – Social Education, 2014
Every iconic document owes a debt to a document that came before it, just as its creators were influenced by the thinkers and writers who came before them. The Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights were revolutionary works, and have become powerful symbols of democracy worldwide. Behind them stands an even older…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Critical Viewing, Intellectual History
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