How have people used elected offices to make changes?
Students examine why people get involved in their communities. They discuss the role of citizens in a democracy and the system of representation in a democracy. They explore how cartoons and satire raise concerns about an issue.
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Making Change: Revolutionary Tactics of the Civil Rights Movement
The film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs introduces viewers to the differing philosophies of and strategies employed by 1960s civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the debate over...
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Anne Frank: Facing Hatred, Daring to Dream
The stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White illustrate the power of children to make a difference. The three lesson in this must-have resource are designed to inspire young people to make a difference in their world....
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Sitting Down To Stand Up For Democracy
Boycotts and bus rides, sit-ins and speeches. The focus of this amazing resource is on those people who were willing to put themselves at risk to take a stand for their belief in equal rights for all. A must-have for your curriculum...
9th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Historical and Cultural Context
An insult to American politicians? A satire of news media? Or a critique of censorship, political corruption, and media propaganda? As part of a unit study on film, class members examine how director Frank Capra's develops these themes...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think
What's going on in this picture? That's the question posed to viewers of a 40-image slide show of photos that accompanies stories from the New York Times. Without captions or context clues, individuals use their close readings skills and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
We the People Focusing on Details: Compare and Contrast
Even the most inspiring documents in American history had to go through a few drafts before they were ready for publication. Reinforce the importance of the writing process, as well as the collaborative nature of democracy, with an...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How to Make a Mummy
Were the ancient Egyptians successful in evading decomposition during the mummification process? What happens to the human body after death? This fascinating video combines a study of biology and the mummification process of some ancient...
5 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable