ERIC Number: ED430255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Reading, Writing, and Speaking about Contemporary Issues. Lesson Plans for Teachers of English and Social Studies. Working with Language Series.
Noting that almost all current issues have some controversial "overload" to them which cause many teachers to approach them with trepidation, this guide aims to help teachers handle discussions and writing assignments related to contemporary issues. The guide aids teachers in framing and in balancing classroom interactions so discussions of controversial issues can proceed fairly. The four units in the guide contain material on: how to write personal essays; how to view and think critically about mass media presentations; how to deal with censorship of books; and how to conduct discussions about controversial issues. Activity sheets in the units guide students in: producing objective accounts, media viewing and group discussions, sending letters to their parents about issues, and giving persuasive speeches. The guide also contains an annotated bibliography on the "Schoolbook Protest Movement." Appendixes include an essay titled "Lessons Learned from Three Schoolbook Protests" (Edward B. Jenkinson); a censorship paper; and an informative paper, both written by students. (NKA)
Descriptors: Censorship, Class Activities, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Current Events, English Instruction, High Schools, Lesson Plans, Media Literacy, Personal Writing, Persuasive Discourse, Public Schools, Social Studies, Units of Study, Writing Assignments
EDINFO Press, P.O. Box 5247, Bloomington, IN 47407; Tel: 800-925-7853 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.