Planning a Unit From Start to Finish
One general aphorism emerges which ought by logical right to dominate the entire conduct of the teacher in the classroom. "No reception without reaction, no impression without correlative expression," -- this is the great maxim, which the teacher ought never to forget.
-- William James, Talks to Teachers
|Planning a Civil War Unit|
|For Further Study: Planning a Unit from Start to Finish|
Social studies units are the scripts of the profession and include props, dramatis personae, and all the accoutrements of a fine theater piece but with different, though not mutually exclusive, purposes. Central to a unit's impact is the nature of the content, its arrangement and of course the objectives to be pursued. When content is dry and formal, questions pedantic, and goals focused narrowly on imparting information, the unit is unlikely to have a strong effect on students' attention or achievement. When content is varied and dramatic, demands critical