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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 http://rtvote.com/i7TIcv

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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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Planes, Trains and Economic Systems!

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:15am to 10:15am
Every economic system has to deal with the problem of scarcity.  Come try your hand at making paper airplanes in this fun activity that explores and analyzes the different approaches to the basic economic questions. 

Going Global: How to Make this Experience Yours

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:15am to 10:15am
Learn about overseas travel opportunities for teachers, how to incorporate new-found knowledge into useable lessons, and view student samples that will inspire students and teachers to become global citizens.

TPS Writing Project at Medgar Evers College

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
his project aimed to increase teachers' understanding of disciplinary literacy and use of informational texts to meet Common Core State Standards. TPS resources were used to develop and implement three writing units in high school classrooms: informational, argument, and research.

Back to the Future: Teaching with Digital Historic Maps

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Learn exciting new ways to use digital historic maps in your teaching, including interactive online tools that can be used for inquiry-based projects in the classroom.

Ask This, Not That: Effective Questions for Higher-Order Thinking

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Consider specific choices of words when asking questions of students in the classroom. Peruse various question stems that work for differentiating learning by level, content, and skill.

Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of Historical Thinking Assessments

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Learn about assessments designed by the Stanford History Education Group that incorporate documents from the Library of Congress's archives and examine sample student responses.

Talking the Talk: Developing Content Vocabulary with Primary Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Build students' content area literacy skills by providing multiple exposures and interactions to discipline specific language (vocabulary, discourse, and syntax) through diverse contexts and materials to develop independence and fluency.

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