Classroom and Methodology
Seminar-style classes promote the critical, analytical thinking that is incumbent upon citizens of a democracy. Teachers provoke thoughtful responses by emphasizing the tensions inherent in a diverse society, layering discussions with opposing viewpoints and encouraging alternative interpretations of ideas.
Students respond to a variety of texts and primary documents through discussion and extensive writing. Students practice what the educator Mike Schmoker calls “argumentative literacy,” working to develop point of views that incorporate their values, knowledge, and experiences.
These are some of the important activities:
• Unscripted mock trial based on a real case
• Legislative simulations
• Model U.N.
• International treaty-making simulations
• Candlelight Vigil, Dartmouth College, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
• African American Read-In to celebrate African American authors