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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.

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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A Vision of Powerful Teaching and Learning in the Social Studies

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

The 2009 award winners include books about a pioneer of Native American rights, the challenges faced by migrant families, the Jim Crow era, and the involvement of children in the civil rights movement.

The ReDistricting Game: Teaching Congressional Gerrymandering through an Online Simulation Game

An innovative online simulation game that spotlights the problem of gerrymandering can help students understand the congressional redistricting process.
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A Bus Ride Across the Mason-Dixon Line in the Era of Jim Crow

Students gain a deeper understanding of the segregation period through this classroom simulation, in which randomly-assigned cards determine whether volunteers sit or stand during a long, interstate bus trip.
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Memories of an Aid Worker

An attorney and Red Cross worker explores the impact that humanitarian work can have as she recalls her own personal experiences in the Ivory Coast after the country's first coup d'état.
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Understanding Antitrust Laws, Competition, the Economy, and Their Impact on Our Everyday Lives

The history of American antitrust laws, explored in this interview, can introduce students to the globalization of markets, trade, and legal governance
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House of Delegates Resolution

Increasing the Relevance: A Who Done It Mystery

This lesson describes a creative approach to teaching the judicial system with a simulated murder mystery.


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