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Where Will You Be November 2?
Students consider reasons why many Americans do not vote in national elections and explore the increase in new registered voters. They research a particular demographic and create an advertisement encouraging members of that group to vote.
Increasing Opportunities for Involvement
Students explore how opportunities for civic participation expanded during the first half of the 19th century including nominating conventions, expansion of the franchise and active campaigning. They use research materials, a graphic organizer, short answer responses and cooperative learning.
WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE: PRO OR CON?
Students come up with counterarguments to the 1917 pamphlet, "The Case Against Woman Suffrage." They compare the position of women in 1917 with women today, and judge how suffrage has impacted women's lives. They write a personal response to the issue.
Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
High schoolers consider the importance and influence of congressional committees. They research congressional committee assignments, jurisdictions and responsibilities as illustrations of the basic principles of American federalism.
Examine the different perspectives on the future of United States Navy bombing exercises taking place on Vieques, Puerto Rico with this lesson from The New York Times. Here, young learners read "Islanders to Vote on Vieques Bomb Drills," an article about the islanders vote on the issue. Then they draft letters to President Bush that support their own views on the issue. Consider including a second text with a different viewpoint.
May The Best Character Win
Learners examine the financial committment to running a campaign. They discuss the difference between electroal and popular votes. They realize how involved a political campaign is!
For Better Or For Worse
Students explore personal and public responsibility in dealing with social inequality. They conduct research and participate in a discussion about the effect of Hurricane Katrina in regard to racial and economic equality in the United States.
Categorizing Celestial Objects
Learners work together to develop a classification system for planets. They take a class vote and read an article about an astronomer's classification system. They write an essay on how scientists make decisions for the general public.
Examine citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that come along with it. Discuss civic values, compare requirements for citizenship today with those from 1896, and lead your students to create a country with its own citizenship rules.
Radio Free America?
Students explore the controversy over the recent FCC vote to loosen restrictions on media ownership. After researching the background and position of local radio stations, students evaluate and make recommendations about free speech.
Affects of Prejudicial Attitudes
Second graders explore the concept of cultural assimilation. They study the affects of prejudice on the authors of Curious George (Margret & H. A. Rey). They communicate ideas and opinions of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society.
Judges on Trial
Students investigate how different branches of government affect or aid the appointment of a Supreme Court justice nominee and the responsibilities of a judge. They, in groups, focus their research on a branch of government and present to the class.
A Gesture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Students share observations on the nuances of meaning in face to face and online interactions with others. After reading an article, they identify the causes and effects of internet flaming. They create their own comic strips demonstrating the outcomes of flaming and write a bill of rights outlining the responsibilities of internet users.
All the President's Men and Women
Students research responsibilities, programs and government departments of leaders that make up the presidential cabinet, in the form of a Web Exploration, after reading "Dueling Power Centers" from The New York Times.
Civics: Juvenile Justice in Missouri
Learners investigate their rights and responsibilities as juveniles in the Missouri legal system. After taking a poll on juvenile justice, they discuss their responses and suggest changes which they could send to the state legislature. In lessons two and three, they discuss when juveniles are treated as adults. In groups, they role-play cases and compare and contrast their decision with that of student- judges.
Students discover the Medieval reformation. In this ethics lesson, students simulate council and government bodies to determine responses to various opinions regarding religion and ethics. They determine what postilions to take and why based on their understanding of the period.
"For What Is a Mother Responsible?" -- Idealized Motherhood vs. the Realities of Motherhood in Antebellum North Carolina
What is a mother's role in American society? According to an article in a 1845 newspaper, to the mother falls the job of daily, hourly "weeding her little garden--of eradicating these odious productions (like vice, fraud, idleness) and planting the human with the lily, the rose, and the amaranth, that fadeless flower, emblem of truth." Middle schoolers examine this and other primary source documents that detail expectations of mothers during the time period. Groups then compare these descriptions to the role as it is perceived today. The richly detailed packet includes numerous activities, links to resources, and discussion questions.
Documents of Freedom: Are We the People?
Students read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation. After reading, they write a response to one of them based on a profile they were given before beginning the lesson. They use the internet to check for historical accuracy.
Natural Disasters Unit
A 10-week unit plan about natural disasters has some strong structural ideas, and rubrics for several assessments are attached, but the procedural details are sparse. The unit covers volcano, tsunami, earthquake, and cyclone disasters. Culmination is an information report, with poster, oral response, and narrative assignments.
Students read about voting rights and compulsory voting in democracies. For this voting rights lesson, students analyze the reasons for supporting and opposing compulsory voting and discuss whether compulsory voting is needed in the U.S.