Paul E. Turtola
I hope that my unit will be an interesting way to teach political thought through drama classes, that my students will welcome the American thinking that will be studied, and that it will encourage my students to think about things that are important to their understanding of the world in which they live.
To augment students’ understanding of politics, American history, and a thought process which permits them to create their own opinions and perspectives, a plethora of multi-media data ranging from pieces of art, music and photo journalism will be used to clarify the themes this unit will explore. Responses to each presentation of the varied art forms will be a necessary assignment for the course participants, for one of the unit’s main objectives is to develop critical thinking skills so that they may produce their own written plays or music from their thoughts and feelings. It will be important for students to express their thoughts based on what has been presented to them over the duration of the course.