Thread 1&2 ( No plags) 180 words each

Thread 1 

How does arts integration in the social studies classroom appeal to various learning styles and engagement for all students? Consider music, drama, and visual arts in your answer. 

Thread 2

 Students frequently enter the classroom wanting to discuss current events that may not be aligned to the standards-based curriculum. How can a teacher guide discussion and encourage critical thinking while still adhering to the required content?