Social Education Vol 76 No 4 Sept 2012

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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.

169
Looking at the Law
Demystifying the Electoral College: 12 Frequently Asked Questions
TIFFANY MIDDLETON
The  key facts outlined here will help simplify a complex electoral system for students  and stimulate greater interest in the election process

174
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.

178
Flip-Flopping, Presidential Politics, and Abraham Lincoln
DAvE NEUMANN
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.

182
Campaign Documentaries: Behind-the-Scenes Perspectives Make Useful Teaching Tools
DAVE WOLFFORD
The selected  documentaries offer students  insider views of high profile political campaigns and convey the complex issues related to electoral politics.

187
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.

189
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.

193
Point of View
At the Core of Our Democracy: A Fragile Voting System
LEE HAMILTON
Voting should be convenient, efficient, and with minimal fraud, but as the November elections approach, our voting system is still greatly beleaguered

195
Elementary Education
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.

202
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.

205
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.

211
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.

217
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?

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