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Bridge to the Future: Franklin Roosevelt's Speech at the Dedication of the Triborough Bridge

The featured document from FDR's speech inaugurating the Triborough Bridge provides an entry point for the study of New Deal programs and discussion of the government's role in planning, funding, and creating infrastructure.
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Lesson Plan on Afghanistan

During this nine-day unit, high school students consider evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources to determine the best policy for the United States and NATO on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Teaching about Same-Sex Marriage as a Policy and Constitutional Issue

Engaging secondary students in policy and constitutional questions related to same-sex marriage promotes the skills and content that advance a democratic education.

Rapping the 27 Amendments to the Constitution

Students bring the Constitution to life by summarizing the amendments in their own words and composing a rap song.

Learning from a Bike Trip

Each year, seventh and eighth-grade students in a Milwaukee-area school culminate a unit on map reading by planning and carrying out a 25-mile bike ride that develops skills in social studies, science, math, and reading.

The Meaning of Memory: Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

Some memorable days in our nation's history are declared holidays, while others are considered days of remembrance. This article explores the process of establishing a holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Citizenship Education: The Goal Of Education

The highlighted websites offer lesson plans and classroom activities to advance the skills needed in a participatory democracy.

Using YouTube to Teach Presidential Election Propaganda: Twelve Representative Videos

Teachers can use this selection of campaign ads to help students analyze various aspects of political propaganda.

Mexico: Democracy and the Future

Even as Mexico undergoes a transition from historic one-party rule, important challenges to democracy remain.
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