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

Exploring Unity and Diversity



Getting Started

Watch the video introduction to familiarize yourself with the session, instructor, and participants.

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View Video Segment: Introduction

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your screen. You'll find this segment at the beginning of the video. Watch for about 10 minutes.

In this video segment, participants explore elements of unity and diversity within national documents, poetry, and songs taught in social studies.


What Do You Know?

This activity is designed to help you think about themes of unity and diversity in social studies content. Read the following excerpt from the inaugural address delivered by President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961. Then complete the Venn Diagram (PDF) to identify themes of unity and diversity, and where they overlap.

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."


Reflect on Your Work

After you've completed the Venn diagram, consider these questions:

  • What social studies topics lend themselves to teaching themes of unity or diversity?
  • How would you address the diversity of learners in your class?
  • What other elements of unity and diversity would you address?

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