Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you introduce current issues in your curriculum? How do you choose which current issues to cover?
- What are some ways to promote a sense of civic responsibility in young students?
- Why is it important for students to study and discuss current issues?
- What factors do you consider in teaching young students about controversial issues?
- How do the study of controversial issues and community service link with citizenship education in social studies?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Making a Difference Through Giving," take notes on Ms. Jones-Inge's instructional strategies, particularly how she urges children to make a realistic contribution to the world. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- What strategies did Ms. Jones-Inge use to engage students in abstract world issues?
- What evidence do you see that Ms. Jones-Inge respects all students' opinions?
- What might have been taught in prior lessons to prepare students to address controversial issues? What lessons might follow?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Jones-Inge's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.