Abstract 7-Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 2012

Artful Rights: Using Images to Teach the First Amendment

Karon N. LeCompte
Baylor University

Michelle Bauml

Texas Christian University

 

Abstract

We present an instructional strategy in which children utilize critical thinking skills to interpret images related to social studies concepts.  To illustrate, we focus on teaching First Amendment freedoms; however, we encourage teachers to apply the strategy with other social studies concepts.  Using visual media such as paintings and photographs to teach abstract social studies concepts can be especially helpful for teachers working with English language learners and young children.  Suggested resources for locating images for classroom use are provided.

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