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In a broad sense, the world is a stage and social studies is the recorded drama of man's struggle for survival in an ever-changing environment. Man's own implacable desire to improve continuously his situation provides the plot, or underlying theme. The social studies text defines people's basic needs and the activities through which they meet their needs. It describes the antagonistic forces affecting human behavior. Only the guidance of an expert teacher makes it possible for a young reader to interpret and appreciate the inherent drama of social studies.

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