Civics & "Reality" TV: Leveraging Popular Programming

use popular television programming, including state of the union speeches, to create interdisciplinary content to teach civics

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Use GOOD popular television programs like the West Wing to create interdisciplinary curriculum that connected civics to ALL classrooms. I believe that there are segments of The West Wing that could be connected to lessons in science, math, English, history, world language, and the arts. With design thinking as a tool, footage from political television programming could be the foundation of lessons in any classroom.

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Younger kids get a large dose of media, so leveraging it for learning is a great idea.  After studying shows, students could rewrite an episode or write their own.

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