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ERIC Number: EJ1003174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Campaign Documentaries: Behind-the-Scenes Perspectives Make Useful Teaching Tools
Wolfford, David
Social Education, v76 n4 p182-186 Sep 2012
Over the last 20 years, independent filmmakers have produced insightful documentaries of high profile political campaigns with behind-the-scenes footage. These documentaries offer inside looks and unique perspectives on electoral politics. This campaign season, consider "The War Room"; "A Perfect Candidate"; "Journeys With George;" "Chisholm '72"; "Street Fight"; and "By the People" as effective teaching tools for conveying the complex issues and events related to political campaigns and elections. Each of the above mentioned films are artifacts of modern American political history. They reveal the intricacies of the country's electoral institutions, are worthy of review and discussion in political science or other social studies classes, and can also help teachers cover state and national standards. From "The War Room" to "By the People," modern campaign documentaries provide the social studies teacher colorful characters, handy examples, and compelling narratives that can assist in conveying electoral politics. Whatever the film, consider a systematic approach that assures student attention and understanding. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A