Social Studies 4: How Experience Shapes Opinions

Sometimes when people disagree with you, it's not because they're wrong, they just had a different experience than you did. Maybe they don't like Star Wars because their family got into a deadly scary light saber fight. You know, that sort of thing.

4th GradeSocial Studies
Elementary and Middle School4th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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best option for students…

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… while others believe it’s best to send kids to private school? [The kid gets on a Hogwarts school bus]

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Well, even if they’re dealing with the same facts, people can have very different opinions, [People vs harry potter characters at a school board meeting]

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aka perspectives, on the same topic. [The people are turned into frogs]

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These differing perspectives are usually based on personal experience.

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For example, two people can have different perspectives on the same restaurant. [Coop says he'll pass on Chick-fil-a]

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Say Frankie and Johnny both hit up Fredo’s for some Friday night Fettucine Alfredo.

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Frankie waits more than thirty minutes for her food to come out... [Frankie has steam coming from her ears]

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…and when it finally arrives, she sees that the chef didn't put the sauce on the side,

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as she requested. [Bubbling pasta]

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Meanwhile, Johnny just had the best fettucine alfredo of his life. [Johnny looking happy]

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He sends his compliments to the chef who in turn gives Johnny a free desert. [Waiter bring out a huge ice cream]

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How nice!

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We're usually just handed the bill… [A huge bill is given to Dino and Coop]

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At the end of the evening, Frankie swears she’ll never visit Fredo’s again, while [Frankie walks off angry]

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Johnny starts following the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and tells

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all his friends about his new favorite place.

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So even though the two of them visited the same place at the same time, their two very

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different experiences resulted in two very different perspectives on Fredo’s. [Coop next to a blackboard]

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So when you read an article, look for revealing moments when the author shares how personal

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experience shaped his or her perspective.

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And keep it in mind as you consider their ideas. [Cat reading]

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It might change your perspective of what you’re reading… [The cat chucks away the text]

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Now if you'd excuse us, we're gonna go send our compliments to a chef…

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...we want free dessert, too. [Dino and Coop running to Fredo's]