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Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers

Patriotism and Foreign Policy

The students in this program are seniors at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a public magnet school in Washington, DC. In this lesson, U.S. government teacher Alice Chandler has her students create a Museum of Patriotism and Foreign Policy. The lesson alternates between whole-class discussion and small-group committee work as students create a gallery for the museum using their respective arts concentration as the medium. The lesson concludes with students presenting their gallery contributions in dance, music, theatrical performances, and visual presentations, along with rationales for their selections. This lesson highlights small-group work as a constructivist methodology.

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Patriotism & Foreign Policy — Quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the topics discussed in this workshop.

The concept of patriotism has a common meaning among most Americans…

Foreign Policy refers to the underlying direction of the activities and relationships of one state in its interactions with other states. Development of foreign policy is influenced by:

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Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers


Produced by State of the Art, Inc., in collaboration with the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education. 2003.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-679-0