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Using C-SPAN Footage in the High School Social Studies Classroom #NJCSS

If you attended my session at NJCSS – Using C-SPAN Footage in the High School Social Studies Classroom – this post serves as a companion. Nothing new here, just a place to collect the various links and videos that were mentioned or used in the session. And if you missed the session, well, now you can play along at home.

I plan on updating this page with some more information tonight after the conference… but in the meantime, here’s a link to the Google Presentation.

Session Objectives and Goals

Throughout the course of the session, I had four key goals:

  • Expose participants to the breadth and variety of C-SPAN programming
  • Model ways that C-SPAN programing can be incorporated into a social studies class
  • Demonstrate how to “clip” a video from the C-SPAN video library
  • Highlight further opportunities for teachers to engage with C-SPAN

There’s only so much that you can do in an hour. But, hopefully, people were exposed to some new material, excited about what they saw, and primed to explore the C-SPAN Classroom website and/or C-SPAN Video Library on their own. Read more

Under Construction. New Directions.

It’s been a good long while since I’ve posted anything here, and that’s about to change.┬áBut my motivations and goals have changed somewhat, as well, and there will be a bit of editing and pruning about the site before it’s “up and running” again.

Hopefully that’ll be all set by Wednesday. I’m presenting at the NJ Council for Social Studies, and I’d like to be ready to share the refocused website at that workshop. Stay tuned.

And come see me at NJCSS if you want to learn about C-SPAN.

Choices: Lessons and Multimedia Resources on Current Events

News and current events are an important part of any good social studies curriculum. Incidentally, it’s also part of my dissertation study, but more on that another day.

The trouble with creating lessons around the news and current events is that it’s time consuming, and it’s always new. A good webquest or other lesson involving Internet-based resources requires time to research, collect, and curate those resources. It’s quick and easy to pull a NY Times article for reading and discussion; it’s time consuming to collect six to eight rich resources that cover a topic in some depth.

Well, if that’s your problem, here’s a potential solution: Choices and Teaching with the News.

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Lesson Plan on Executive Power Using C-SPAN and Washington Journal

As part of my application for the C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship, I was required to video tape one of my classroom lessons that involved C-SPAN video material. The lesson plan and materials below are from the lesson that I used in my application.

The American colonists rebelled against a king who wielded executive power capriciously, and they created a presidency that was far weaker and balanced by other elements of the government. Yet over the past 200 years, American presidents have constantly expanded the power of the chief executive. This has been particularly noticeable in 21st century, as the war on terror has justified a range of unprecedented presidential power.

Have American presidents gone too far in fighting the war on terror or are their actions within their constitutional powers as commander in chief?

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