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ERIC Number: EJ793525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Using the Storypath Approach to Make Local Government Understandable
McGuire, Margit E.; Cole, Bronwyn
Social Studies, v99 n2 p85-90 Mar-Apr 2008
Learning about local government seems boring and irrelevant to most young people, particularly to students from high-poverty backgrounds. The authors explore a promising approach for solving this problem, Storypath, which engages students in authentic learning and active citizenship. The Storypath approach is based on a narrative in which students create the setting, become the characters, and then solve the problems presented through the story's plot. The authors describe how a group of students created a small town faced with a proposed shopping mall. Students, in their roles as townspeople--business owners, employees, and elected and appointed officials (mayor, city council members, and planning commission members)--participated in determining what was best for their town. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington