ERIC Number: ED390782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Gathering of Equals. A National Conversation on American Pluralism and Identity. Reading Selections [and] Guide for Leaders.
Great Books Foundation, Chicago, IL.
This booklet contains texts of importance to all people with writings that have helped shape the U.S. identity. The texts are to serve as a springboard of discussion in a shared inquiry method of discussion of U.S. democracy. The documents in this volume include: (1) "The Declaration of Independence"; (2) "The United States Constitution: Preamble and Bill of Rights"; (3) "The Federalist #10 by James Madison"; (4) "Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address"; (5) "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and (6) "High School Graduation," from "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. The guide is intended to help junior high and high school Great Books leaders enable their students to participate thoughtfully in "A Gathering of Equals: A National Conversation on American Pluralism and Identity." By study and reflection on the project readings followed by discussion of ideas, the shared inquiry approach exemplifies the principles upon which democracy is founded. The interpretive reading, writing, and discussion activities suggested in this guide will aid in planning a teaching schedule. Questions for discussion encompass both interpretive and evaluative aspects of the text. A 19-item bibliography of pertinent secondary readings is included, as well as a list of overarching questions on U.S. pluralism and identity. (EH)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Due Process, Equal Protection, Freedom, Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Programs, Justice, Multicultural Education, Racial Relations, Secondary Education, Social Attitudes, Social Studies, Sociocultural Patterns
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Great Books Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Great Books Curriculum