Discipline: Social Studies

Grade Level: 6th

Course: American History and Geography

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The Individual and the Community: My Responsibilities in a Time of Crisis
Overview
  • Module Description
    • This is a middle school social studies module that addresses the relationship between the individual and society (one and many): specifically, what are the individual's responsibilities with regard to the "social good"? This module is built around the Paideia method and the Socratic seminar.

      The Gulf oil spill of 2010 provided us with an opportunity to think about the individual's role in society: specifically the individual's responsibility during a disaster. The essential question addressed in this module is: "What is the individual's proper response to a disaster?"

      The seminar is intended both to inspire and inform the students' reading and writing, which will be actively coached by the teacher through the writing process for several days after the seminar. Even though this piece of writing is in the form of a letter addressed to an individual, the form will remain that of a formal essay so that the teacher can coach essay and paragraph construction, as well as sentence structure and content.

  • Tasks
    • Teaching Task Template Task (Design your own lesson)

      What is the proper role of the individual in response to a "disaster"? After reading various perspectives on individual responsibility and examining an interactive map of the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, write a letter to a younger child that addresses the question, and support your position with evidence from the texts.

      L2: Be sure to acknowledge competing views.

      Template Task 2: Argumentation/Analysis.

      L1,2: [Insert question.] After reading _____ (literature or informational texts), write a/an ______ (essay or substitute) that addresses the question, and support your position with evidence from the text(s).

      L2: Be sure to acknowledge competing views.

  • About the Teacher
    • Laura Billings and Terry Roberts with Ross Anderson, Amy Freeman, Melissa Hedt, Nathan Marsh. The National Paideia Center

      Course: American History and Geography

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