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The Power of Stories: Engaging your American Government Students


Scott Abernathy


There is a growing body of research that points to the power of stories in helping students learn and remember core content. SAGE/CQ Press author and award-winning professor Scott Abernathy (University of Minnesota) discusses effective ways to use the power of stories to teach students the key concepts of American Government. 

The discussion addresses teaching strategies with a focus on:

  • Engaging students by introducing a wide range of stories into your teaching
  • Integrating the diversity of Americans’ lived experiences into your course
  • Using stories to highlight how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of countless individuals