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What are best practices to create a themed course?

May 13, 2014 5:29am

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    • May 13, 2014 10:08am

      Hi Sue-

      Is this course in humanities or is it interdisciplinary? When designing a course, the best way to start is with the standards you'll be required to teach. Once you have determined what students need to know and be able to do, then you can begin choosing curriculum that falls into your selected theme. If you let me know what theme/content area you're thinking about, I'd be happy to bounce ideas back and forth with you. (:


      • May 13, 2014 10:40am

        Hi Katie.
        Thanks for responding. I did not realize a person would get back to me; I thought I was searching a database. I teach a freshman composition course at a community college (students are at high school skill level) and a new initiative is the themed course. The actual topic for the theme has been established -- it is our location, the city where the school is located.
        I am looking for ideas about how to break down this theme into something more focused. Several ideas are brewing in my mind, but nothing outstanding enough so I can sustain the idea for 15 weeks. I know I'll find it eventually.

        • May 20, 2014 11:14am


          My pleasure responding! I would start by choosing a standard for each week and then search for local material to support each standard. You may look at the city's history, available social services, examination of local government, museums, a look at per capita data to examine the population, culture, religion, etc... Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. (: