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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

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Teaching About Elections During a Presidential Election Year

Pull-out from Social Studies and the Young Learner. Includes list of children's books about elections. 


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Learn Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Techniques

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Learn to analyze primary sources using Library of Congress tools. This presentation will feature the 1965 Voting Rights Act and will showcase Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act.

Engaging Students in Civics through the Use of Primary Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Explore methods for engaging middle grade students in civics and history through primary sources.

Kid Citizen: Elementary Grade Apps on Congress and Civic Participation

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Explore app episodes designed for young children that foster engaging inquiry with primary sources. See templates for teachers to develop content for digital exploration.

Writing Like a Historian: Evidence-Based Writing Skills

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Preservice teachers were asked to write an essay explaining why the separation of church and state is integral to preserving religious freedom in America's pluralistic society. Discover the results.

Closing the Civic Empowerment Gap: Educating High-Need Students

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Civic education can be instrumental in closing the "civic empowerment gap" by providing high-need students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for participating in political life.

Your Vote is Your Voice (Hispanic Heritage Month at PBS)

PBS presents a whole collection of programs during October. On Monday October 3, viewers can be inspired by WILLIE VELASQUEZ: YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE, a documentary about the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry, “su voto es su voz” (your vote is your voice), started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.
Monday, October 3, 2016 - 2:15pm

Teaching Statistics with the Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is bringing statistics into the classroom with Statistics in Schools (SIS)—its newly updated program that provides teachers with activities that use real census data. Teachers can incorporate statistics into their lessons regardless of what subject they teach or their experience level with statistics. Activities are designed for history, sociology, geography, and math classrooms—promoting cross-curricular education and showing that there is a place for data and statistics in all subjects.


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