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Principal’s ‘arrest’ opens student discussion on liberty

CASTLE ROCK –Principal Carrie Stephenson did not actually spend any time in the big house, but her “arrest” on Friday March 16 seemed real for Sage Canyon Elementary fifth-graders. As the students watched, a Castle Rock Police officer handcuffed Stephenson, read her rights, and escorted her to an awaiting patrol car.
The simulation was staged to help spark a student discussion and inquiry into the rights and freedoms of Americans.
Sage Canyon is a Project Based Learning school, which means students engage in a collaborative, in-depth extended study of an authentic topic and it ends with a product or presentation of their work. The goal of these projects is to emphasize student inquiry, encouraging use of 21st century skills, including creative thinking and collaboration.
The fifth grade students are beginning a lesson called "Give me Liberty, or Give me Death". The students will be investigating questions such as:
• What are the rights you have as an American citizen and how did you get those rights?
• What were the origins of those rights?
• How does conflict spark a change?
The project will culminate with an original play, written and produced by students, that informs and entertains the audience about the origins and foundations of freedom and liberty in the United States.
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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