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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from

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An Idea Called America

A featured lesson plan invites students to consider the tension between private wealth and common wealth through a debate on healthcare.
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Out of Range: An Interview with Mark Tushnet on the Second Amendment

Interview and Teaching Activity by Michelle Parrini; The study of competing interpretations of the Second Amendment illuminates for students why an acceptable compromise on gun policies has been so elusive.
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Constitution in Action

Students take on the roles of archivists and researchers when they study primary documents at the Constitution in Action Lab.

The Great Communicator Files

Students will learn a great deal about the process of presidential speechwriting when they study primary documents related to well-known speeches such as President Reagan's Omaha Beach Memorial Remarks.

Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns

A study of select campaign posters, cartoons, and ads teaches students to critically analyze messages from media sources and to understand the role media have played throughout the history of American elections.
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High Quality Civic Education: What Is It and Who Gets It?

If our democracy is to fulfill its promise of enabling citizens to participate fully and equally, we must do more to address why schools often fail to provide equal access to civic learning opportunities.
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Summer Schedule and The Fishin' Season: Cartoons by Clifford Berryman

The two featured political cartoons will stir classroom debate on how presidential election campaigns are planned.
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The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2008

Students will comprehend the many factors that influence an election when they analyze why this successful prediction system forecasts a popular vote victory for the Democrats in 2008.
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A Presidential Election Simulation: Creating a School Wide Interdiciplinary Program

Helen M. Joyce
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