Young Citizens of the World
Teaching Elementary Social Studies through Civic Engagement, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2014 – 232 pages
Young Citizens of the World takes a clear stance: Social studies is about citizenship education that is informed, deliberative, and activist—citizenship not only as a noun, something one studies, but as a verb, something one DOES. Its holistic, multicultural approach is based on this clear curricular and pedagogical purpose. Straightforward, engaging, and highly interactive, the book encourages students (and their teachers) to become informed, think it through, and take action. Each chapter is written as a civic engagement which is teacher-ready for use in elementary classrooms. A set of six teaching strategies that are constructive, inquiry-driven, dramatic, and deliberative bring the curricular framework to life through intensive, integrated meaningful studies of special places, important people, and significant times. Readers are invited to rehearse the projects in their social studies education courses and then to reinterpret them for their classrooms. The projects are supported by important resources for teaching, including supportive children’s literature, links to internet sites, and visual sources and by a Companion Website that enhances and extends the text.
Prologue: Dare to be Different
One: Citizenship as a Verb: Teaching Democracy-in-Action
Two: Democracy Project: Empowering Student Voice
Co-author: Stephanie Cayot Serriere
Three: Worldview: Developing World-mindedness
Four: History Mystery: Rediscovering our Past
Five: Biography Workshop: Composing Citizen’s Life-stories
Six: Supermarket: Making Everyday Economic Choices
Co-author: Shaun Johnson
Seven: Explore: Investigating Place and Space
Eight: Engage: Living One’s Civics
Service Learning: What and Why?
About the Authors
Marilynne Boyle-Baise is Professor Emeritus, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University-Bloomington, USA.
Jack Zevin is Professor of Social Studies Education, Queens College, City University of New York, USA.