Stimulate students' imagination and foster inquiry in social studies with standards-based curriculum drama! This resource describes an innovative approach for engaging students in the world of social studies through content-rich extended drama activities such as trials, legislative sessions, and international conferences. The author offers step-by-step guidelines for constructing curriculum dramas on essential social studies topics as a means to: meet NCSS standards; build deep understanding of important content; encourage critical thinking, cooperative learning, and emotional intelligence/character education.
Catherine A. Franklin is an assistant professor in the School of Education at The City College of the City University of New York. She teaches social studies education to both undergraduates and graduates. She began her career by teaching in schools around the world (e.g., Colombia, Japan). In New York City, she was a middle school classroom teacher for over ten years. Along with teaching social studies, literature, and writing to eighth-grade students, she worked as a cooperating teacher for student teachers who were placed in her classroom. She earned her EdD at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Curriculum and Teaching Department and her MA in international education from Lesley University. She consults on social studies education and curriculum design.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Curriculum Drama: An Engaging Approach to Social Studies Understanding Curriculum Drama Using Curriculum Drama to Meet Standards Emerging From Educational Drama Summary What's Next? 2. Constructing Curriculum Drama: Exploring Its Structure The Inner Workings of Curriculum Drama Using a Blueprint Setting the Stage Multiple Entry Points Summary What's Next? 3. Becoming a Senator: Setting the Stage Starting With a Blueprint: U.S. Constitution Setting the Stage Selecting States for the Classroom Senate Recognizing the Senators: An Event Researching the States in in the Classroom Senate Researching U.S. Senators Summary What's Next? 4. Political Parties: Building Belief Consulting With a Blueprint: U.S. Senate Setting the Stage Creating Political Affiliations Recognizing Political Groups: An Event Constructing a Political Agenda Classroom Dilemma: Encountering Disbelief Summary What's Next? 5. Holding an Election: Engaging in Multiple Entry Points Setting the Stage Electing Leaders Within the Party Consulting With a Blueprint - President Pro Tempore Thinking Strategically Secret Ballot Election: An Event Classroom Dilemma: Breaking Too Soon From an Event Summary What's Next? 6. Current Events: Doing Legislative Work Setting the Stage Consulting With a Blueprint and Constructing Legislation Introducing Legislation: An Event Appraising Legislation Engaging in Committee Work Classroom Dilemma: Discord in Small Group Work Curriculum Drama in Action: Committee Work Summary What's Next? 7. Constructing a Hearing: Appraising Witness Testimony Prioritizing Legislation Setting the Stage Witness Testimony: An Event Curriculum Drama in Action: Witness Testimony Classroom Dilemma: Rupture of Credibility Summary What's Next? 8. Constructing a Debate: Taking Legislative Action Committee Decision Setting the Stage Senate Debate: An Event Curriculum Drama in Action: Senate Debate Classroom Dilemma: Going Along With Student Decisions Summary What's Next? 9. Constructing Curriculum Drama in Other Contexts Current Events: World Summit on Peace History: Should Women Vote? Law: A Criminal Trial Concluding Words: Letting the World In Glossary Resources A. Oath of Office B. Research Guidelines: State Report C. Research Guidelines: Getting to Know a U.S. Senator D. Activity: Determining Political Affiliations E. List of Senators in a Classroom Senate F. Activity: Working on a Political Platform G. Activity: Creating Legislation H. Committee Tasks I. Classroom Legislation: S 125, "Clean Air" J. Classroom Legislation: S 121, "Reducing Crime" K. Testimony: Dr. Van Schick L. Testimony: Mr. Will Cart M. Activity: Constructing an Amendment N. Excerpts From a Debaters' Handbook References Index
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