Teaching with Documents
1863 Letter from the Department of State to the Government Printing Office
LEE ANN PoTTER
The featured documents relating to the Emancipation Proclamation illustrate how President Lincoln’s government spread the news worldwide.
Looking at the Law
Did that Dog Sniff Violate the Fourth Amendment?
CATHERINE HAWKE AND TIFFANY MIDDLETON
A recent Supreme Court case looking at whether a drug dog’s sniff gives police officers the right to get a search warrant, provides an excellent entry point into a lesson on the Fourth Amendment.
Should Schools Teach Students to Vote? YES!
DIANA E. HESS
Teachers can impact young people’s involvement in elections by not only teaching about elections, but also about how to register to vote and how to go about voting.
New Directions in Assessment:
Using Library of Congress Sources to Assess Historical Understanding
SAM WINEBURG, MARK SMITH, AND JOEL BREAKSTONE
These newly designed assessments allow a quick evaluation of the quality of student thinking, and promote appropriate instructional action.
Research and Practice
What Makes a Good History Essay?
Assessing Historical Aspects of Argumentative Writing
Learning history and historical thinking can help students become better writers.
Surfing the Net
What Social Studies Educators can do about the Marginalization of the Subject
c. FREDERICK RISINGER
These recommended strategies and websites can help teachers protect and improve the role of social studies in the curriculum and mobilize public support for soeial studies and citizenship education