Studies Lessons for High School is designed for social studies
teachers to use with their government and history courses. It was developed
in response to a shift in education throughout our country: a move away
from rote memorization and toward the critical thinking skills necessary
for many of the new performance assessment programs.
Each lesson will enable teachers to teach seven specific critical thinking
skills in a step-by-step process. The information has been adapted for
old media and new media formats. Web sites will be provided that will
allow teachers to choose the most appropriate resource for the selected
activity. All selections can be copied for classroom use. Teachers may
adapt activities to allow students to complete assignments via the web.
O. Black is a social studies teacher at the Harbor City Learning Center,
and former Teachers Network web mentor.
This lesson is included to ensure that students can identify the point of
view and detect any bias in an information source. Have students practice frequently with the template using print material as well as data
located on the following web sites:
The lesson plan and sample student response sheet were developed to match:
Students will analyze legislation designed to protect the rights of individuals and groups and promote equity in American society.
Students will recognize bias, vested interests, stereotyping, manipulation, and misuse of information.
Below is an editorial on juvenile crime that students will use in this lesson. Make an overhead transparency or individual student copies.
EDITORIAL: It's time to stop playing with these kids! Times have changed and the
nature of the crimes has become more serious. Many more juveniles are committing crimes today than ever before. Juveniles who commit
these heinous crimes should pay the appropriate price. After all, the misbehavior and truancy of yesterday are not the same as the drug
use and murder of today. No matter what the age, if you do the crime you should do the time.