Abstract 8- Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008




Lesson Plan: On the Town: A Community Adventure by Judith Caseley

Kristy Brugar
Michigan State University


This lesson uses On the Town: A Community Adventure, a book that follows a young boy and his mother through their community one afternoon as they take care of errands. Instructional development focuses on the tasks of various community members and the value of their tasks to the community at large. This lesson can be used with early elementary students in order to promote emergent reading and writing skills, in addition to working toward a better understanding of common good among members of a community and the impact people have on one another.

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About the Author(s)…

Kristy Brugar is a doctoral student in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy with an emphasis in Social Studies Education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She has taught social studies methods courses at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In addition, she taught middle school social studies in Maryland and Michigan. Her research interests include teacher preparation, middle school social studies, and history instruction.

Primary contact email: brugarkr@msu.edu