The use of the
urban agenda model in your classroom is an exceptional tool for making
your lessons personally relevant to students. While the UA model does
address and assist in the instruction of MEAPs strands and the State of
Hence, as a teacher you can then teach any social studies/humanities subject to students, yet each student addresses the lesson through the lens of their issue. The Urban Agenda model can be recycled within the same class. Every grading period can begin with the agenda building questions in order to foster new student issues and deeper involvement in the lessons. Or student’s can continue on the issue that they began, delving deeper into the issue and championing the issue for a fuller understanding.
Also, the issue developed in one subject can be reintroduced in other disciplines. That is, if a student who has taken an issue and evaluated it critically using the tools of Economics, might find the issue useful in the study of World History or Geography. Certainly, the ability to be creative with the analysis of an issue using the context of a discipline is required; however, if students have found an issue that truly is of personal concern, then they will explore the issue in limitless contexts –often in hopes to not only understand the issue, but hopefully find insight into eventual resolution.
When students choose their own
issue, they are motivated to learn.
The quest for understanding the issue is the compass to learning
the discipline. The
disciplinary knowledge is the map and supplies for the journey. The following examples are ways in
which you can use the Urban Agenda in any social studies course. There are included in the
online curriculum section two lessons (