Teaching Social Studies

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  1. Marci07

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    I'm teaching a period of social studies this year to a class of 8th graders. The principal doesn't want a curriculum to be followed and instead wants units focusing on current issues and social justice. I honestly don't know where to start. Any ideas??:help:
     
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    Sep 4, 2010

    Oh man!

    Although you could go back into some recent things that have hit the news.....

    Ie the Arizona madness, the oil spill.


    Maybe require the kids to bring in articles/print outs from online of recent news things that 1) interested them/they want to know more about 2) caused a reaction in them (positive or negative)
     
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    Find a recent current issue, the oil spill, the economy, immigration..etc...have the students research either the for/against and create a debate/current issue class.

    Set guidelines to how they must set up their argument (i.e. can't make things personal) and have them debate in class and let the rest of the class choose who 'won'. Hold group discussions over what THEY think is important or a current issue.

    May want to start out asking them what a current issue or global issue is? Explaining the definition and meeting of social injustices etc..
     

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