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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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If You Had One Tax Question to Ask the Candidates

Reforming our tax laws poses enormous political challenges today, but a good start would be to teach students about the inequities in the U.S. tax system.
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The 1915 U.S. Invasion of Haiti: Examining a Treaty of Occupation

--Jennifer Bauduy A close look at the U.S.-Haiti treaty signed 100 years ago can launch an engaging lesson on U.S. involvement in Haiti and the commercial interests that fueled American interventions throughout Latin America. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905244.pdf

A Time for Social Studies: Talking with Young People about Ferguson and Staten Island

--Beth C. Rubin
When students engage in discussions about civic rights and processes, their sense of discouragement transforms to a sense of empowerment.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7901/79011522.pdf

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NAFTA: The World´s Largest Trading Zone Turns 20

--Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and Stephen Day
This article looks at the results of NAFTA, 20 years after it created a controversial common market between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and examines the ongoing free trade debate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806306.pdf

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Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy

--Christine Lucianek
Students will acquire a deeper understanding of freedom of the press when they consider the context for its inclusion in the First Amendment and examine its implications in the Internet age.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806298.pdf

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

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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Equal Protection, Immigration, and Education: Plyler v. Doe

--Joseph R. Feinberg, Frans H. Doppen, and Matthew S. Hollstein
This lesson on the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment will give students a deeper understanding of the issues framing the current immigration debate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7804/7804183.pdf

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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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