Civics/Government

Rock the Vote Democracy Class


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 http://rtvote.com/i7TIcv

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Analyzing the Messages of the State of the Union Address


--Mark T. Kissling and Christopher C. Martell
The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806269.pdf

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Ferguson Is About Us Too: A Call to Explore Our Communities


--Alexander Cuenca and Joseph R. Nichols, Jr.
The events in Ferguson, Missouri, can serve as a jumping off point into an exploration of students’ own communities.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514248...

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NCSS Advocacy Webinar: Cultivating a Civic Culture of Learning


Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:45pm to 7:30pm

NCSS Advocacy Webinar: Cultivating a Civic Culture of Learning

Web Hutchins, the founder of Civics for All, will share how he is engaging students in local communities to support civic learning. In addition, Catriona Macdonald, NCSS lobbyist and President of Linchpin Strategies, LLC, will also join us to brief us on the latest developments on the ESEA reauthorization front.

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Writing a School Constitution: Representative Democracy in Action


In the September/October 2014 _Social Studies and the Young Learner, Lorraine S. McGarry and Donnan M. Stoicovy describe how their school's annual "town hall meetings" to start the school year lead to a C3-aligned project during which students wrote a code of rights and responsibilities, which included the authentic experiences of electing representatives and holding a constitutional convention.

"Writing a School Constitution: Representative Democracy in Action" (pdf)"

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Why Vote? 5th Graders Take Informed Action

What does the C3 Framework look like in a fifth grade classroom? This five-minute video produced by Social Studies School Service provides a snapshot of high quality C3 social studies instruction designed to prepare students for active and engaged citizenship.

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Webcast: The C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Implications for Civic Learning


The goal of social studies education is to develop responsible, informed, and engaged citizens to foster civic, global, historical, geographic, and economic literacy. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, released by the National Council for the Social Studies in 2013 was purposefully designed to meet this goal by providing guidance to states and local school districts to enhance the rigor of K-12 civics, economics, geography, and history.

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Gideon v. Wainwright at Fifty: Lessons for Democracy and Civics (Looking at the Law)


--Kevin Scruggs
The case of Gideon v. Wainwright can serve as a point of entry into a classroom discussion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/770213109...

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Piquing Student Curiosity with Title Pages from Works by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau (Sources and Strategies)


--Lee Ann Potter
The title pages of three books from the Enlightenment provide excellent points of entry for student research into the origins of ideas in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7704/7704168.pdf

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