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ERIC Number: EJ779250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Guardians of the Past: Using Drama to Assess Learning in American History
Howlett, Charles F.
Social Education, v71 n6 p304-307, 330-331 Oct 2007
The author decided to minimize the stressful emphasis on assessments in learning in his 11th grade American History and Government classes and put the fun back into teaching. Tired of the repetitive aspects of teaching the required state standards related to the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court cases, the author switched gears from simply noting the parts of the Constitution and the various branches of the federal government to emphasizing an understanding of case law and its effects on society. The author invited attorneys and judges to speak to his classes about how the law works and how, as a society, they govern themselves. Putting into practice what the visitors had discussed, however, was the real challenge to the assessment process. The author found the solution in the production of classroom plays. Writing and performing plays based on case law became the culminating reflection to this exercise. In this article, the author presents how he designed a project that focuses on creative thinking skills. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A