ERIC Number: ED395884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Citizen Stories: Democracy and Responsibility in American Life. Guide for the Instructor.
Caywood, Stephanie; And Others
The teaching guide and the videotape it complements are designed to help students define and discuss civic responsibilities. The thirty-two minute videotape takes a case-study approach toward understanding civic responsibility. The video identifies some of the attitudes and feelings people have towards problems in American society and then gives examples of ways to address concerns in the community. It shows five positive examples of people participating in American democracy. Each of the five stories shows how one individual identified a problem in his or her community, decided to address the problem, and by using his or her own resources, successfully made an impact on the community and even the country. The teacher's guide is composed of four activities, each of which emphasizes a different aspect of civic responsibility. The activities are: (1) "What is Civic Responsibility?" (2) "Social Movements in the United States"; (3) "Citizen Stories"; and (4) "Community Service." The activities involve either class discussions or small-group work. Student handouts are provided. The active learning approach encourages students to go beyond recognition or knowledge of facts to begin analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the issues and concepts being studied. (LH)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Community Change, Community Involvement, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Learning Activities, Social Change, Social Problems, Social Studies, Social Values, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
Close Up Publishing, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314 (32-minute videotape and this Guide: $39.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers: Close Up Program
Note: A joint production with the Smithsonian Institution. Videotape not available from ERIC.