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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 8.

Making Connections


The following video segment illustrates how social studies teachers can help prepare students to become effective citizens by modeling democratic ideas and practices in the classroom.

Print the Viewing Chart (PDF) you will need to record your observations.

Workshop participants and Mary McFarland.


View Video Segment: Democratic Classrooms

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your TV screen. You'll find this segment approximately 7 minutes into the video. Watch for about 24 minutes.

In the first part of this segment, Cynthia Vaughn teaches a lesson on community, citizens, and leaders. Next, Libby Sinclair teaches a lesson on stereotypes and the history of the Negro baseball leagues.

As you watch, look for examples of how Ms. Vaughn and Ms. Sinclair model democratic classrooms and prepare their students to become effective citizens. Take notes on classroom climate, resources used, and the content and values being taught. Then compare your answers to those of the workshop participants.


Save your written work to submit as an assignment.

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