Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, Fall

An Introduction to Islam
The word "Islam" derives from the three-consonant Arabic root SLM which is usually translated as "submission" or "surrender" - but seldom with the implied "to God" (and only to the one God). And since the words submission and surrender seem to be "loaded"...
California's History/social Science Standards: Of Relevance, and Bull
Special Interest I have been working with K-12 teachers as the co-director of a staff development project from CSU Chico for the last three years. We sponsor institutes, workshops, and staff development activities in History and Social Science, using...
Consider Your Options
Middle School Review When people have choices, they are empowered. They have a sense they have control over their lives. Power of choice is the key to the freedom that is at the core of the American way of life. It is important that education in America...
Despite Controversies, the K-12 Classroom Is the Place for Multicultural Education
Christopher Rose is Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained his Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies. He has developed several curricular materials on the Middle East,...
Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Force
Instructional Kit Review Time-Life History Makers Time-Life Education Inc. 0-7835-5439-7 With a Book by Melva Lawson Ware Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Force is one of a series of instructional kits designed to teach a significant historical period through...
From the Editor
I want to take this opportunity to thank Margaret Gosfield for guest editing the spring/summer issue entitled "Social Studies for the Gifted and Talented." Gosfield is currently the editor of Gifted Education Communicator, the journal of the California...
Going Where the Action Is: Plant Connections to History
Elementary Review PLANTS TRAVEL IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MAN Without plants we would not exist. In the chain of omnivore, carnivore, and herbivore, plants play a key role. All three life forms need plants to exist, since one preys on the other. Plants have...
Humanizing Islam: A Personal Journey
Humanizing Islam: A Personal Journey Although I am a librarian, my advice for educators who wish to learn more about Islam is--don't just read about it! I'm convinced that, as important as it is to learn about Islam through the many excellent print and...
"If You're Not from California.": Creatively Integrating Social Studies and Literacy with Effective Pedagogy
Special Interest Teaching social studies education methods courses to pre-service teachers encompasses many different goals and challenges connecting social studies content with effective pedagogy meaningful within today's socio-cultural context. Pre-service...
Islam 101: The Holy Prophet
Muhammad* was born in the city of Makkah, in the Arabian desert, in the year 570 A.D. In that age, Europe was a mass warring tribes and tiny principalities, well out of the mainstream of history. The Arabs too were hangers-on, living by trade or mercenary...
Islam and America Pie
The American landscape is rich in culture and variety, yet we tend to keep our eyes focused on the familiar. As a contemporary world cultures teacher, my 6th-grade students have the opportunity to explore cultures within and beyond their familiar landscapes....
On Teaching about Islam
Teach it straight, without references to other religions or politics or prejudice or comparisons. There is a significant reason for mentioning this: I was surprised to learn that Comparative Religion is still being taught, wherein all non-Christian religions...
Pre-Test: Three Holy Book
Teacher: This is a good pre-test designed to stimulate discussion of a less well-known religion, Islam. Take the test yourself, before you turn the page to look at the answer key, and you'll discover what a good conversation starter this can be. Directions:...
Resources for Teaching and Learning about Islam
Film and Video The Holy Qur'an Video 18 mm 1978 Frances Cockburn, J. Thompson/Inca Films. The Qur'an, the direct Word of God revealed to Mohammad by the Angel Gabriel, is the holy book of Islam. This visually resplendent film traces the history of Qur'anic...
Stained Glass Windows
Inserting pieces of stained glass at different angles and in precise geometric designs is an ancient craft of the Arabs. The making of glass is a very old art. The glass of the Phoenicians, Palestinians and Egyptians, dull green and opaque, is the oldest...
Storytelling from Sacred Texts
To understand an Alaskan seal hunt or the reasons behind the uses of frankincense, one needs some knowledge of religion. To purge this knowledge from our schools is a loss to all concerned, and to approach it as 'myth' prevents the student from tasting...
Teaching about Islam
Guest Editor With this issue of Social Studies Review, one year after the tragedies of September 11, we are focusing on teaching about Islam. While we have been assured at the highest levels that Islam is not to blame and that the current war on terrorism...
Teaching about Religion in Public Schools
Why should study about religion be included in the public school curriculum? Because religion plays a significant role in history and society, study about religion is essential to understanding both the nation and the world. Omission of facts about religion...
Teaching Arab Civilization
INTRODUCTION When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed on April 19, 1995, just a few blocks from my classroom, we thought it might have been a freight train explosion. We learned it was not, of course, from television reports. Among the reports...
Teaching Islam through Islamic Art and Literature
Responses to the events of September 11 have reminded us again that it is absolutely imperative to reemphasize with high school students an appreciation for learning that generates balanced understanding and sophisticated insights rather than settling...
The Arab in American Cinema: From Bad to Worse, or Getting Better?
There is a proverb that says "truth is stranger than fiction." However, at least in the case of the Arab world, it's not really so. The real Arab world makes sense; it is the fictional Arab world-the world of novels, cinema, television, and other media--that...
The Use of Artifacts to Teach Ancient History in the Elementary Classroom
Special Interest Artifacts serve as a way to interpret the story of a people. People define themselves by the art and music they create, and students can examine works to define a people. Students need to examine events within a cultural framework to...
Understanding and Applying the Islamic Concept of JIHAD
Background for Teacher and Students The Arabic word jihad is derived from the three consonant root J H D and is accurately translated as "exertion of effort" or "struggle". It does not mean "holy war" and indeed the Arabic word for war, harb, is not...
When History Becomes Contemporary: Teaching about the Crusades in the Wake of September 11
Special Interest I should have seen it coming, but I walked into my social studies methods course that day confident and unaware of the dilemmas that awaited me. This case describes two memorable and troubling days in my course - one day in which we...
Who Is He? and What Is He Doing Now? A Saga of Social Studies Education in California
The 1960s seem such a long time ago compared to the patriotic and "war on terror" temper of today, yet issues in California social studies and to some extent, California education then bear some resemblance to the concerns of today. The California Council...