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A Standards Overview, 9-12 [electronic resource]

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Reviews a variety of complex topics from high school lessons, illustrating how the NCSS standards and themes can be integrated into teaching in grades 9-12. Teachers will be able to see how the curriculum can be expanded to address complex issues and content in meaningful ways and how they can become much more sophisticated in exploring all areas of Social Studies.
Online
2003
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Public Opinion and the Vietnam War [electronic resource]

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Liz Morrison, a Ninth Grade American History teacher at Parkway South High School in suburban St. Louis, explores how public opinion was shaped by key events in the Vietnam War. Students create a timeline and work in groups to discover how public opinion changed from approval to disapproval over the course of the war. The students view television footage from this period and listen to popular music that reflects both sides of public opinion. Ms. Morrison helps her students make connections from the Vietnam War to political attitudes in their world today.
Online
2003
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Migration From Latin America [electronic resource]

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In Mavis Weir's 10th Grade History class at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, California, students explore the various reasons people emigrate from their homeland. The class is broken up into six separate groups, each representing a different Latin American country with its own set of resources. Using both primary and secondary sources, students examine the economic, political, and environmental circumstances that cause people to emigrate. Each group presents their findings through a variety of creative presentations that include theatrical skits, artwork, and music.
Online
2003
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Competing Ideologies [electronic resource]

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Wendell Brooks'Ninth Grade class at the diverse Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, focuses on a variety of political ideologies present during the period of World War I. The classwork includes lively discussions on capitalism, communism, totalitarianism, and Nazism, as portrayed by leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini. Mr. Brooks incorporates a Socratic discussion into his lesson, as well as group activities and presentations.
Online
2003
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Economic Dilemmas and Solutions [electronic resource]

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In Steven Page's 12th Grade Economics class at Vivian Gaither Senior High School in Tampa, Florida, students review and interpret the government's role in the economy. Working in groups, they examine economic dilemmas, including the implications of human cloning, year-round schooling, and drug legalization. Consensus is reached and findings are presented in the form of a skit, followed by a group discussion.
Online
2003
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Gender-Based Distinctions [electronic resource]

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In Tim Rockey's 10th Grade World History class at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Rockey reviews the concept of civil rights, with a focus on women's rights. Students evaluate the "reasonableness" standard as set by the court and come to understand where the court has drawn the line for gender-based decisions. They explore the following questions: Can public taverns cater only to men? Can females be excluded from contact sports? Can a state military college exclude women? After examining Supreme Court cases, students render a judgment of the validity of the standard of equal rights.
Online
2003
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The Individual in Society [electronic resource]

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Brian Poon, a teacher at Brookline High School in metropolitan Boston, teaches a 12th Grade philosophy lesson focusing on the role of the individual in society. Based on readings by various philosophers, including Reinhold Niebuhr, Thomas Hobbes, Mao Zedong, Martha Nussbaum, and Plato, students apply the philosophers' viewpoints to solve the dilemmas of a fictitious nation called "Fenway." They participate in a dynamic class discussion about how to integrate the best philosophical ideas to address Fenway's problems.
Online
2003
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Groups, Projects and Presentations [electronic resource]

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Examines how Social Studies teachers in any grade level can use groups, projects, and presentations to help students become actively involved in their learning. Topics range from structuring groups to creating scoring guides and rubrics. Through examples of cooperative learning, decision making, and problem solving, teachers examine how to use groups, projects, and presentations to promote learning.
Online
2003
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Unity and Diversity [electronic resource]

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Examines how social studies teachers in any grade level can embrace both unity and diversity in their classrooms. Topics range from exploring democratic values to building awareness of student diversity. Through examples of students connecting with one another and embracing the different cultures within their community, teachers reflect on how to best address issues of unity and diversity in their classroom.
Online
2003
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Dealing With Controversial Issues [electronic resource]

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Examines how Social Studies teachers in any grade level can encourage open and informed discussions on controversial issues. Topics range from stereotypes and gender-based discrimination to the conflict in the Middle East. Through clearly identifying issues, listening to multiple perspectives, and formulating personal positions, teachers explore a variety of strategies that can be used to teach challenging issues.
Online
2003
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Creating Effective Citizens [electronic resource]

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Explores how Social Studies teachers in any grade level can help their students develop the democratic values that will make them effective and responsible citizens. Teachers are shown helping students see their community in a broader sense and inspiring them to think about ways they can make a difference. The classroom lessons emphasize how civic processes work, how to discuss issues from multiple perspectives, and how teachers can inspire their students to take social action.
Online
2003