Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

A Broadside View of the Declaration of Independence
Did you know the original Declaration of Independence no longer exists? That's right! The President and Secretary of the Continental Congress, John Hancock and Charles Thompson, were the only signers of the original Declaration of Independence! This...
Approaching an Understanding of the Modern World
Coming to terms with the history of the last two centuries is as daunting as the ambition to understand human evolution since the Big Bang. Although it is easier to relate to time expressed in decades rather than millennia, the rapidity of transformation...
Big Geography and World History
Whenever I visit a new city, especially in a foreign country, I feel uneasy for awhile. I cannot relate where I am- on the street, in a hotel- to a wide spatial context. I feel like a horse wearing blinders. However, if I move around the city and look...
Closing the Achievement Gap: Responding to Multiple Pressures of Multiple Assessments, Part II
ReviewIn the Fall-Winter 2009 Edition of the Social Studies Review we began a discussion regarding the challenges the CalTPA's have presented to Colleges of Education in California. We described beginning attempts at our university to face these challenges...
E Pluribus Unum
Out of many, one. This phrase is the motto carried by the American Eagle, referring to the union between the states and federal government. In what ways can we as educators use this motto to solve some significant civic education issues? How can we as...
From the Editor
This issue can only be described as a labor of love - a vision that Guest Editor Avi Black developed over a long period of time and brought to the pages of Social Studies Review with the help of some colleagues and friends who hold great expertise in...
"I Gotta Learn All That Stuff?" "Well, I Have to Teach It All!": Managing the Laments of World History Teachers
Was it my imagination or did I hear a collective scream of pain a few weeks ago as world history teachers across the country were dropping seven pound, thousand page world history textbooks on their students? Did I simply conjure up the groans from high...
Integrating American History before the 20th Century into the World History Curriculum
"World History should treat United States History as one of its integral parts ."So proclaimed the National Standards for History, Grades 5-12, which were developed through UCLA's National Center for History in the Schools and published in 1994. Amid...
Lessons Learned: Children Who Made a Difference
When we think of children who made a difference in the world or had an impact on our lives, we are probably drawn to historical names like Anne Frank or Ruby Bridges, or more recently Mattie Stepanek or Ryan White. These are the young faces we saw on...
Not Found in a Book: A Quiet Tiger Engagement
It was the late summer of 2002 and Jessica Hutchison was excited about her first year teaching high school social studies at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribal School in northern Wisconsin. "I really wanted to prove myself," said the popular, award...
On the Largest Scale: Big History
We have hardly gotten used to thinking in terms of world history, and now a new term is going around - big history.What is Big History?Big history is a kind of world history, the kind that starts at the beginning of time rather than at the beginning...
Rethinking Primary Sources for Cross-Cultural Interaction in World History: "Standard" Problems and Connected Possibilities
It has become almost cliché to hear pedagogues praising the value of working with primary sources to capture the mystique of the past, to bring history alive, to teach students to think historically, or to do the detective-work of "professional" historians....
Social Enterprise for Learning: A Replicable Model of Service Learning and Civic Engagement
Many schools offer service learning - community service linked to classroom studies - to help students become more effective participants in a democratic society. Different forms of service learning combine various amounts of discussion and analysis...
Teaching World History to Seventh Graders: Breaking Away from a Civilizational Approach
The title of the course I teach is "Medieval World History". The course title has been a constant source of confusion for my class throughout the ten years I have been teaching seventh graders. Every September I manage to disappoint scores of new students...
Teaching World History to Sixth Graders: On the Origins of All Things
I can recall few dull moments in ten years of teaching sixtiigrade students about the ancient world in San Francisco's Mission District. The challenge of teaching a subject so broad and seemingly disconnected from my students' day-to-day experiences...
Teaching World History to Tenth Graders: Toward a Recovery Plan for the Eurocentrically-Educated Modern World History Teacher
In a practical sense, recent developments in world history scholarship have enormous, positive implications for the California's 10th grade course in the subject. Seeing the last five hundred years from, in me words of Braudel's tide, "the perspective...
The Ancient World: Some Global Considerations
Ancient history is immense. Humans have been on earth for millions of years, modern humans for at least 200,000. It's a hard number to envision: 200,000 years. For 95% of that time, humans lived on the foods that they could find through scavenging and...
The Hutterites: A Communal Society
The Hutterites, a Mennonite sect, own property collectively, and live in South Dakota, Montana Washington, and Canada. They are the only Mennonite group living on communes and emphasize common, not individual, ownership of all property. They have a long...
The New World History: Teaching Africa across Boundaries
In a recent article, historian Kathleen Smythe calls for a re-thinking of Africa's role in world history historiography. She criticizes world history textbooks because, she argues, African history is less consistently integrated into world history narratives...
The Value of Historiography in World History Teacher Training
IntroductionThe central argument this article promotes is that a critical component in the training of world history teachers must be an understanding of the historiographical tradition that underpins the evolution of the discipline. Historiographical...
What Are the Best Ways to Teach World History?
During my first year of teaching world history - the grade 6 "ancient history" course, at Horace Mann Middle School in San Francisco's Mission District - I finished each week by recording what we'd covered in class onto increasingly long, scrolled sheets...
Where Are the Boys?
The Gender GapDid you know that the Palm Desert Campus of California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) has a population this Quarter of 73% females? This is great news - "Go Girls!"The Office of Institutional Research at CaI State, San Bernardino...
World History Social Studies Project: Teaching Pre-Modern World History
Pre-modern World History (ca. 300 CE. to 1 800 CE.) is a daunting topic for teachers to cover. Most opt for the civilizations model, in which students are encouraged to climb up and down chronological ladders as they navigate from one civilization to...