Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 4, May-June

2002 NCSS House of Delegates. (NCSS Notebook)
Resolutions Before the House * November 22-23, 2002 * Phoenix, Arizona Because of a failure in the audio recording system at the House of Delegates session at the NCSS Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in November 2002, Social Education is...
A Model Rivers Project: Relating Geography and Culture
As she looked at a picture in a science magazine, Janet, one of my sixth grade students exclaimed, "That's all? That little puddle is the source of the huge Mississippi River? How does the river get so big?" Answering these questions provided the opportunity...
A Zen Garden at Tecumseh: From Mocking to Honoring; One Grain of Rice Can Tip the Scale
When I started teaching about Japan, several of my eighth graders pulled at the edges of their eyes or pushed down their noses. I continued with the lesson, ignoring the behavior, until one student shouted. "Yeah, we nuked 'em." Three students stood...
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
2002 Carter G. Woodson Award Book: Elementary COMING HOME: A STORY OF JOSH GIBSON, BASEBALL'S GREATEST HOME RUN HITTER, by Nanette Mellage, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Mahwah, N.J.: Troll BridgeWater Books. Reviewed by...
Editor's Notebook
GOOD LITERATURE can capture student imagination with portrayals of great events, movements and personalities, as well as through poignant and discerning tales of the everyday lives of ordinary people past and present. When the literature deals with...
Educational Democracy in the Czech Republic. (Dateline)
Since the collapse of communism in 1989, the Czech Republic has initiated educational reforms aimed at supporting the transition to democracy. Reformers see the school system as playing a vital role in political and economic liberalization by creating...
Historical Fiction to Histortical Fact: Gangs of New York and the Whitewashing of History
"America was born in the streets," or so proclaims the menacing publicity poster for Martin Scorsese's recent film, Gangs of New York. Before the advent of professional police forces, social services, and housing codes, urban slum-dwellers led their...
Incorporating Effective Writing Strategies
"Does spelling count?" 'Are you going to take off points if I don't use transitions?" "Why am I being punished for not writing well?" Do any of these questions sound familiar? For the past six years, I have been bombarded with similar queries from...
Iraq: Answering Student Questions: In This Special Section, the Editors of Social Education Asked Teachers across Grade Levels How, or If, They Had Addressed the War in Iraq with Their Students. Their Replies Show the Approaches Teachers Are Taking to Explore Current Events in the Classroom. (in Focus)
Kim Kozbial-Hess teaches social studies for the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Fall-Meyer Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio. She has served as chair of the Steering Committee of the NCSS House of Delegates, as well as president of the NCSS Elementary...
Let's Talk about Sexual Harassment in Middle School. (Lookout Point)
LIKE EVERY NEW EMPLOYEE at the Washington Post, I was given a "Codes of Conduct" packet--the company's policies on everything from smoking to taking medical leave. (1) It was the section on sexual harassment that startled me most. Perhaps it shouldn't...
Letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to John Steinbeck. (Teaching with Documents)
ON MONDAY, May 16, 1966, John Steinbeck and his nineteen-year-old son John visited President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office of the White House. The brief meeting took place a few weeks after John, Jr., had completed basic training in the army...
Musical Shares: This Game Is a Variation on Musical Chairs. It Can Lead into an Interesting Conversation about Various Service Learning Opportunities in the Community or to Open a Lesson on the Topic of Hunger. (1)
Preparation: Chairs, boom box music, descriptions of service learning opportunities in your neighborhood that address the problem of hunger or homelessness. Time: 5 to 10 minutes 1 Ask for ten student volunteers to play the game. Tell the class,...
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2003
ABOUT THE LIST AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION The books that appear in this annotated book list were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with The...
Poetry for Social Studies: Poems, Standards, and Strategies
Periodically, I work with classroom teachers to try out new books, techniques, and strategies. I discovered two important things while working with Kate Hunnicutt's class over a period of several weeks in Grand Prairie, Texas. We worked on several...
Point of View. (Letters)
I, for one, was quite disappointed in your choices for the two "Point of View" articles (Social Education March 2003). Mr. Saxe's valid points got lost in his jingoism. If nothing else, the wide variety of our military experiences with a wide variety...
Service Learning and Social Studies: A Natural Fit
I am prepared for the question. "Does everyone have to do community service, Ms. Bloom?" My answer is an unequivocal, "Yes, we're all going to do it." I've seen it each time I introduce a year-long service learning project to my eighth grade social...
Silence on Gays and Lesbians in Social Studies Curriculum. (Research into Practice)
Imagine, as was once the case, that today's social studies curriculum measured all else against a standard of being male, Protestant, and Anglo-Saxon. (1) Women, African Americans, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims, not to...
The Role of the United Nations in Postwar Iraq: A Lesson Plan Provided by PBS's NewsHour Extra. (Extra)
Background In April 1945, with the end of World War II in sight, representatives from fifty nations came together in San Francisco to create a constitution for what would become the United Nations (U.N.). The primary goals for the organization included...
Writing Women into the Curriculum
TEACHING WOMEN'S HISTORY is still emphasized more at the postsecondary level than it is at the elementary and secondary levels despite the exponential growth of scholarship in this area over the last three decades. (1) The major obstacles to teaching...