ERIC Number: ED419748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Tocqueville in the Classroom: Exploring Democracy in America.
Frantzich, Stephen, Ed.; Splaine, John
This learning packet is divided into two parts with eleven chapters. Part 1 provides background information retracing Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831-32 tour of North America which led to the publication of "Democracy in America." Part 2 contains a short description of the seven primary themes emphasized by de Tocqueville with issues more fully explored in the teaching modules at the end of each chapter. Chapter titles include: (1) "Studying America: The Itinerary for Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont"; (2) "Alexis de Tocqueville: A Timeline Biography (1805-1859)"; (3) "Gustave de Beaumont: A Timeline Biography (1802-1866)"; (4) "Brief Biographies of Some Tocqueville Interviewees"; (5) "The Journey and North American Geography"; (6) "Social and Cultural Issues in American Democracy"; (7) "Political Issues in American Democracy"; (8) "Media and the Press in American Democracy"; (9) "Associations in American Democracy"; (10) "Race and Gender in American Democracy"; and (11) "Research Methodology/Teaching Methodology." An accompanying booklet contains the "1996-97 Equipment-For-Education Grant Winning Entries." The teacher-authors' winning lesson plans were chosen based on the ease in translating the substantive ideas of the lessons to text. The lessons include: (1) "To Be A President: The Children's View"; (2) "Election Day"; (3) "The Balancing Act"; (4) "Think Tank C-SPAN"; (5) "Body Language in Politics"; (6) "Presidential Inaugural Addresses: Sounding the Alarm and Leading the Charge"; and (7) "Immigrants: Do They Really Hurt The United States?" The lessons feature goals, objectives, classroom activities, classroom discussion questions, results, background, and out of class assignments. (EH)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Federalism, Freedom, North American History, Social Studies, United States History
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: C-SPAN, Washington, DC.