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Re: [Channel-talkcivics] Making Civics Real

From: Lynn Saxton <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
Date: Thu Aug 16 2007 - 13:50:49 EDT
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Hi Elyse,
When that case hit the news I thought kids would love it. I'm sure you had great discussions! I too have watched the 1st video so far. I hope to get through another today. I enjoyed the first one as well. Her students did well for 9th graders! I'll have seniors, so I would have fairly high expectations of them for participation etc. One idea I had was to do a similar Supreme Court case, but to involve the justices more, I was considering assigning each the role of a specific Supreme Court Justice and asking them to research their Justice's views on the Constitution. I'd then expect them to try to role-play that Justice's response to the issue. What do you think?

Also, in the first video, I wondered what the other students were doing as the justices deliberated. Would you have them merely listen and take notes, write a reaction paper, or perhaps even evaluate the justices?

The nice thing about Participation in Government in New York is that there is no Regents exam. I've been teaching Global History and Geography for the last 15 years and the Regents more or less formulates what we teach. The PIG course is very open, so I will also be able to do just about whatever I want. The down side is that my background is in Global, so I'll be learning along with the kids - which is not a problem, just a little scary.


>>> <Efroehlich1@aol.com> 08/16/07 11:54 AM >>>
Hi Lynn,
I'm also taking the course myself and would love to talk with you.
I teach an 8th grade civics course at a private school that lets me do just
about whatever I want, which is great.
I've only watched the 1st video so far and I got some great ideas from it.
Last year on the free speech/ 1st amendment issue we did the "Bong hits for
Jesus". The kids thought it was great. They love to push the envelope.
Elyse Froehlich
Oakridge Private School

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