Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 4, May

A MIGHTY STORM: Galveston, Texas, 1900
On September 8, 1900, a hurricane struck the island of Galveston off the coast of Texas. More than 5,000 people were killed, mostly by drowning, and most of the port city of Galveston was destroyed.(1) The U.S. National Weather Service, which had been...
Building a Community Our Classroom: THE STORY OF BAT TOWN, U.S.A
"I'VE GOT A PROBLEM," said one of my students with a thoughtful frown, "and I'd like to call a city council meeting about it. I'm not getting enough help from my business partner, and I need some advice" "Fine," I told him, acting in my official...
Building Bridges: MIAMI "AMBASSADORS" VISIT RUSSIA
IN SOME WAYS, the different parts of the world have never been as connected as they are now. On the Internet, you can view foreign newspapers, government policy statements, and educational websites, and exchange messages with people in a surprisingly...
Contemporary Concerns
DANCING WHEELS. Patricia McMahon. Illustrated with photographs by John Godt. Houghton Mifflin. 48 pp. Trade ISBN 0-395-88889-1, $16.00; Library ISBN 99-087715. (I) Lively photos encourage readers to come along as dancers Jenny and Devin prepare for...
Editor's Notebook
SOCIAL EDUCATION 65(4), pg. 197 [C] 2001 National Council for the Social Studies THIS ISSUE of Social Education offers many suggestions for creative teaching. It covers both contemporary and historical topics, and includes suggestions for launching...
"ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE": Poetry and Politics in the Time of Stalin
Into the distance go the mounds of people's heads. I am growing smaller here--no one notices me any more, but in caressing books and children's games I will rise from the dead to say the sun is shining. --Osip Mandelshtam,...
Environment, Energy and Ecology
BLIZZARD! THE STORM THAT CHANGED AMERICA. Jim Murphy. Illustrated with photographs and prints. Scholastic Press. 160pp. Trade ISBN 0-590-673-09-2, $18.95. (I, M) The Great Blizzard of 1888 wreaked havoc from Virginia to Maine. This volume recounts...
Folk Tales, Myths and Legends
AESOP'S FABLES. Retold by Jerry Pinkney. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. SeaStar. 96pp. Trade ISBN 1-58717-000-0, $19.95. (I) Classic tales complemented by handsome illustrations make this a volume for any library. This engaging retelling of sixty of...
Geography, People and Places
AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY. Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove. Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien. Millbrook. 40pp. Library ISBN 0-7613-4266-8, $24.90. (I) Passing a day with children in various African countries introduces the reader to the distinctive...
Graphic Representations as Tools for Decision Making
EFFECTIVE DECISION MAKING is so integral to the social studies that the NCSS Standards place it within their definition of the field: "The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions...
History, Life and Culture in the Americas
ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!: THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ADVERTISING (People's History series). Christina Mierau. Illustrated with photographs and prints. Lerner. 96 pp. Library ISBN 0-8225-1742-6, $22.60. (M) Even before there was a United States, advertising...
"Making a Difference ... One Village at a Time": The Peace Corps Partnership Program
The Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) is a wonderful tool for exposing your students to another region of the world and helping them realize their own potential for making a difference. This is accomplished through entering a partnership with...
National Council for the Social Studies 44TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
November 17-18, 2000 * San Antonio, Texas Session 1 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2000 Call to Order Susan Adler, President: I'm Susan Adler and I'm President of National Council for the Social Studies. I want to welcome you to the 44th House of Delegates...
NCSS Moving to Silver Spring, Maryland
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) will move its national office to Silver Spring, Maryland in July. NCSS has signed a 10-year lease for 5,492 square feet of new office space on the fifth floor of the recently renovated Summit Building...
One Step at a Time: A LANDMINE REMOVAL INITIATIVE
They cost as little as three dollars apiece, about the price of a student's lunch at the school cafeteria. They can appear in various shapes and sizes, some as seemingly innocuous as a hand-sized toy butterfly. Yet they have one purpose: to destroy...
Putting Conflict in the Curriculum
One may conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, yet he is the best of conquerors who conquerors himself. --The Teaching of Buddha After violence flared in a California school, Secretary of Education Rod Paige said that student alienation...
Reference
AMERICAN WOMEN'S HISTORY: A STUDENT COMPANION (Oxford Student Companions to American History series). Glenna Matthews. Oxford University. 368 pp. Library ISBN 0-19-511317-9, $45.00. (M) This volume includes entries on major events, documents, persons,...
SERVICE-LEARNING: An Essential Component of Citizenship Education
A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies Prepared by the NCSS Citizenship Select Subcommittee Approved by the NCSS Board of Directors, May 2000 Rationale The mission of the social studies profession, since its inception,...
Social Interactions and Relationships
THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. Michael J. Rosen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 96 pp. Trade ISBN 0-374-30838-1, $15.00. (I) Determining whether a Jewish boy and his dog should attend a St. Francis festival is the subject of this delightful story. As the...
Teaching Middle School Social Studies: Who Is at Risk?
THE LABEL "AT-RISK" remains problematic, particularly when it is applied to children from social groups that have been traditionally marginalized in society. We recognize that labeling children as at risk of not doing well academically because of their...
Tracking a Hurricane: A Mappinq Exercise in Real Time
Weather phenomena such as hurricanes receive a great deal of media coverage. Newspapers, TV weather reports, and the Internet all provide information about hurricane warnings, landfalls, and the aftermath. By following these media reports over consecutive...
What's in a Name? A Whirlwind Tour of the World!
Take a ride around file world, not in a weather balloon, but through the various names given to tropical storms with spinning winds. In the North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea, these storms are called hurricanes, after the Spanish huracan, meaning "big...
World History and Culture
ALEXANDER THE GREAT: THE LEGEND OF A WARRIOR KING (DK Discoveries series). Peter Chrisp. Illustrated by Peter Dennis and with photographs. DK Publishing. 48 pp. Trade ISBN 0-7894-6166-8, $14.95. (I, M) The life story of Alexander and his accomplishments...
Young Man Survives Hurricane!
On August 31, 1772, a great hurricane struck the island of St. Croix, which is one of the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. A fifteen-year-old man lived to describe the storm. He wrote down his observations and thoughts in a letter, which he sent...
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