Here are some fun activities for social studies that can help get your student’s engaged in thinking:
Lesson idea 1
Teach the student the proper way to analyze an article:
Select an article for them to read: have them write out the main points of the article, summarize the article, explain the view point taken by the writer of the article, and select 2 ideas that you agree or disagree with and state why?
This can be followed up by setting up small groups that the students post their 2 ideas in for discussion.
Lesson idea 2
Objective: The student should develop a political philosophy based on the following premise:
What should be the balance between liberty and order that a society needs to exist?
The student’s philosophy should include a reference to the following ideas:
The relationship between the government and the state that includes:
Set up discussions for the students using the following Resources:
Describe the key ideas from the discussions and readings above that you would predicate your government on and why it would be the most efficient form of government
Thanks for this! Do you think these activities would work best for individual work or as collaborative group work?
I like to use a collaborative group work. Here is something I also incorporated into group work. If there were dissenting opinions they were to be mentioned in the groups report too!