Lisa M. Greco

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Teaching the Presidential Elections by Lisa M. Greco is the first in a series of exemplary curriculum units on social studies and service learning developed by public school teachers and compiled by the Eastern Regional Information Center, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The idea for a series of curriculum units came from the National Service Learning Cooperative and the K-12 Learn and Serve America Clearinghouse who are affiliated with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Social Studies and Social Science Education. Both organizations wanted to showcase models of integrating service learning into history and social studies classes in elementary and secondary schools. We at the Eastern Regional Information Center have worked with teachers to make their ideas and plans available to other practitioners.

Lisa Greco developed her presidential unit at Great Falls Middle School in Montague, Massachusetts during the 1996 presidential election. In this unit, students not only learn about citizenship and democracy; they practice civic action through voter registration and community surveying. Students develop critical thinking as they become active members of their own communities, and people in their communities begin to reevaluate the leadership potential of youth.

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