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ERIC Number: ED221879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Newspaper in the Social Studies Classroom: An Issue Oriented Curriculum.
Callahan, Tim; Felton, Randall
Social studies teachers can involve their students in an issues-oriented curriculum by using the least expensive, least threatening medium available, the newspaper. The newspaper's stock in trade is the relevant, timely issue--just what is missing from all too many social studies classrooms. In dealing with issues in social studies classrooms, teachers are only limited by their imaginations. For example, three specific issues that can be explored through the use of the newspaper are gun control, capital punishment, and societal roles. Each issue can become an activity unit that would be approximately 1 to 2 weeks in length. A collection of news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, syndicated columns, editorial cartoons, and even advertisements would be useful to a discussion of gun control. The controversy surrounding capital punishment can be explored through a study of editorial pages. The advertising media of newspapers is a good place to examine how societal roles are changed or perpetuated. (Discussion questions and sequential activities are suggested for each topic issue.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A