ERIC Number: ED429020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
VOICE: Violence-Prevention Outcomes in Civic Education. A Program for Elementary Social Studies.
Chilcoat, Kendra Hillman; Farwick, Diane; Eslinger, Mary Vann; Banaszak, Ronald, Sr.
Violence-Prevention Outcomes in Civic Education (VOICE) is a curriculum program for elementary social studies that incorporates conflict resolution, law-related education, and service learning. These three elements are among those considered to have promise in addressing youth violence. The VOICE curriculum is designed to complement the traditional elementary grade social studies curriculum by helping students develop a deeper understanding of the United States Constitution and the three branches of government. Components of the curriculum include participatory teaching strategies, involvement of outside resource people, conflict resolution skill building, and a service project. The curriculum consists of 50 lessons in seven units of study that have a logical flow; each lesson has teacher directions and student materials for duplication. The units are: (1) "Working Together: Building a Good Foundation in Class"; (2) "Working It Out Together: Mediating Our Conflicts"; (3) "Working Together To Build a Government: Balancing Rights and Safety"; (4) "Working Together To Make Laws: The Legislative Branch"; (5) "Making the Laws Work: The Executive Branch"; (6) "Interpreting the Laws: The Judicial Branch"; and (7) "Taking Action Together: Service and Learning." The curriculum fulfills the government goals of fifth-grade social studies and supplements a typical fifth-grade U.S. history textbook. An appendix contains 6 different sample assessment tools. (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution