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Using Civics Movies and TV Shows In Your Social Studies Class

Movies and television shows can be really engaging ways to get your students interested in a topic, but they can also require a lot of time. In a standard forty minute class, you might have to devote an entire week to finish watching a movie with your kids. Here are some creative ways to use civics movies and tv shows in your social studies class.Once you've figured out how you're going to watch it and incorporate it into your class, you have to figure out what your students are going to do with the movie. A class discussion is a typical way to delve into some deeper questions, and this can be followed up with a reflection paper. Another writing assignment option is a movie review, and if you want to incorporate video into it you can have students film their movie reviews.With all that being said, here are my top five movies and television shows that I consider using in my…See More
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"I love writing. But I only really love informative and explanatory writing. I never really got into creative writing - be in poetry, short stories, etc. Writing appeals to me because it's kind of like teaching. It's an opportunity to help…"
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East Orange Campus High School
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I'm a social studies teacher from East Orange. I'm a strong supporter of both civics education and educational technology, and I spent my time as a graduate student at Rutgers studying both topics.

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Using Civics Movies and TV Shows In Your Social Studies Class

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 8:21am 0 Comments

Movies and television shows can be really engaging ways to get your students interested in a topic, but they can also require a lot of time. In a standard forty minute class, you might have to devote an entire week to finish watching a movie with your kids. Here are some creative ways to use civics movies and tv shows in your social studies class.

Once you've figured out how…

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