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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 3.

Exploring Unity and Diversity



Analyzing a Lesson

Workshop instructor Mary McFarland led a lesson on citizenship and immigration that was designed to incorporate themes of unity and diversity, as well as teaching strategies that focus on the multiple intelligences. Watch the video segment of the mini-lesson and identify the strategies she used. Use the Analyzing a Lesson form (PDF)to record your observations.

Mary McFarland.


View Video Segment: Citizenship Mini-Lesson

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your screen. You'll find this segment approximately 32 minutes into the video. Watch for about 25 minutes.

This segment provides a review of multiple intelligences. Next, workshop participants complete a lesson on immigration and citizenship, illustrating how one lesson can include themes of unity and diversity in its content while incorporating some of the multiple intelligences as the lesson is taught.

As you watch the mini-lesson, look for evidence of unity and diversity in content and instructional strategies.


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Developing a Lesson

Now it's your turn. Develop a social studies lesson that lends itself to teaching themes of unity and diversity. It can include:

  • assigning group work that requires consensus about different values;
  • examining artifacts to explore other cultures; or
  • drawing on personal experiences that reveal the prevalence of stereotypes.

Note: If you are taking all eight sessions for credit, build out from the unit you began in session one.

Create a draft of your lesson using the Developing a Lesson form (PDF). Be sure to explain how you would address themes of unity and diversity in content, and include teaching strategies you plan to use to address learning diversity. Then write your answers to the following questions:

  1. Is the unit about unity, diversity, or both? Explain your answer.
  2. How did the theory of multiple intelligences help you plan or revise your lesson?
  3. How will your teaching strategies help all students learn?

Save your written work to submit as an assignment.

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