Teaching with Documents
The First Page of the Official Journal of the Constitutional
Convention-Just the Tip of a Records Iceberg!
LEE ANN PoTTER
The featured document from the Constitutional Convention’s official record reveals the who, what, where, and when of the Convention and cah be used as a jumping off point for further study about what occurred at this historic event.
Looking at the Law
Demystifying the Electoral College: 12 Frequently Asked Questions
The key facts outlined here will help simplify a complex electoral system for students and stimulate greater interest in the election process
Teaching Critical Thinking by Asking “Could Lincoln Be Elected Today?”
KATHLEEN HALL JAMIESON
Lessons using the parody campaign video ads from a political literacy website will help students learn to detect bias and propaganda and consider how to evaluate presidential candidates.
Flip-Flopping, Presidential Politics, and Abraham Lincoln
Using the example of Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery, students will explore the complexity of political decisions and reflect on the value of evolving beliefs in a democracy.
Campaign Documentaries: Behind-the-Scenes Perspectives Make Useful Teaching Tools
The selected documentaries offer students insider views of high profile political campaigns and convey the complex issues related to electoral politics.
Surfing the Net Teaching about the 2012 Elections Using the Internet
c. FREDERICK RISINGER
These selected websites offer resources and lesson ideas for teaching about the election from a civics standpoint.
10 Top Websites for Teaching about Issues in the Election Season
ANDREAS. LIBRESCO AND JEANNETTE BALANTIC
The authors share top websites and teaching activities that help students explore important election-related issues.
Point of View
At the Core of Our Democracy: A Fragile Voting System
Voting should be convenient, efficient, and with minimal fraud, but as the November elections approach, our voting system is still greatly beleaguered
I like Chocolate Ice Cream: A Lesson in Thinking Civics
ROBERT A. WATERSON
The suggested books for the elementary grades can promote democratic thinking in the classroom and help better prepare students to be successful citizens.
Fault Lines in American Culture: The Case for Civic Debate
H. MICHAEL HARTOONIAN AND RICHARD D. VAN SCOTTER
A better understanding of four sets of value tensions in American culture can help students understand today’s controversial issues.
The “Why” and “Where” of the Tappan Zee Bridge:
A Lesson in Site Location,Physical Geography,and Politics
JERRY T. MITCHELL, JEREMY CANTRILL, AND JUSTIN KEARSE
A close look at the unusual site location of a New York bridge can introduce students to the physical and political factors that influence major construction decisions.
Using The Daily Show to Promote Media Literacy
H. JAMES GARRETT AND MARDI SCHMEICHEL
This popular comedy news show can be used, like political cartoons, to focus on the satire’s social studies content and to strengthen students’ critical media literacy skills.
Teaching Privacy in the 21st Century
ODETTE EDBROOKE AND MEG LETA AMBROSE
If e-mail, web pages, Facebook, and other digital content had existed when the framers drafted the Bill of Rights, how might that document be different today?