The aim of any good social studies book is to help teach and mould the child at the beginning of his life into a model citizen for the future generations. While a teacher can pose to be a role model for the students, it is necessary to back this up with a strong curriculum. As a student who has passed through the various classes of social sciences taught in the education system, it now seems that a good book created the best edifice for a student seeking knowledge.
The topic chosen sounds biased and stereotyped yet every citizen understands the significance and motivation attached to the concept of the American dream. By instilling a nationalist spirit in the child from a very young age this topic will remind the child of America and its possibilities throughout their life. It will also help create links with children of different race and ethnicity in the class by uniting them all as one: seekers of the American pursuit of happiness (The Declaration of Independence).
The topics covered in this curriculum can be vast and diversified. However by catering to a young reader, this book will cover only the most basic principles related to civic duties and rights. The first lesson plan will address the history of the great American nation and the sacrifices made to achieve its independence and creation. It can be called "Mystery History" to better understand the difficulties students might incur from the topic. Because the names and history can be tiresome and dull for most young students, more interaction can be added to this lesson by playing out the roles of the main characters that fought and finally succeeded in achieving the Declaration of Independence. The teacher can help the students set up a play in class and invite parents for the performance. This will help cover two aspects of teaching: teaching the student with help from the teacher and prompting this guided practice (Hunter). Thus the student will leave the class enriched in the knowledge of his forefathers and the sacrifices made for his safety today.
The second topic can cover the Declaration of Independence as this is something that will still be fresh in the youngster's mind after the previous classes. It will be known merely as "YOU" and will address all the rights passed down by the American ancestors for their future generations. It can talk of the individual's right of freedom and speech. Two aspects those are important in any successful democracy. To win the attention of the class, the teacher can act out scenarios that will help the students model the given directions (Hunter). However, this chapter must also include the limits to a child's freedom by ensuring that a section of the essay is dedicated to where freedom of speech can go wrong. For instance, it can show the repercussions to misbehaving with parents in the name of freedom of speech and how this constitutes for misusing the right. Colored comic strips can be drawn to mime the student's behavior and its consequences.
The third lesson will focus on what the student can give back to community. It will be called "Now your turn." With the help of colorful images the chapter can show pictures of young children throwing garbage in the garbage can and helping old people cross the road. Not only would this instill true civil values in the child but will also assist in modeling him into a self-righteous human being. For