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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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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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National History Day is now accepting applications for the 2017 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. This highly competitive program accepts only 15 student-and-teacher pairs for an immersive experience of learning both in Washington, D.C. and on the beaches of Normandy, France. Funded through a generous donation from Mr. Albert H. Small, the institute covers nearly all expenses for accepted students and teachers including travel, visits to historic sites, and lodging in both Europe and Washington, D.C.

Reading Lincoln and More

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
This interdisciplinary, multicultural, and thorough presentation contains information/materials usable "tomorrow" in the classroom. Participants will be immersed in reviews of hundreds of books about Lincoln and classroom-tested lesson plans.

Lessons Learned from the Latest AP History Redesigns

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
A veteran AP World History, US History and European History teacher shares tips for student success on the AP essays. "How To" handouts will be provided.

United States Mint Lesson Plans: Teaching about and through U.S. Coins

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm
Learn how to use U.S. coins as jumping points for instruction. The presentation will include an introduction to free lesson plans and materials from the Mint along with demonstrations.

Research and Writing in the Humanities and Social Studies Classroom

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:40pm
Analyze best practices to infuse research and writing projects into social studies courses and review an approach empowering student voice and choice that improves CCSS-aligned skills and content knowledge.

Exploring Certell's "Free" Multimedia Economics and Government Curriculum for High Schools

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Certell offers free "soup to nuts" multimedia courses in common sense subjects and they're fun. Come peek inside and see how your school can use this FREE resource!

Is U.S. Democracy too Fragile for Voluntary Voting? Should We Require Voting?

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
In this session participants will engage in a lively facilitated deliberation about whether we should adopt mandatory voting in the United States. This deliberation will model a best-case, fair hearing of different points of view.

The American Folklife Center and Veterans History Project

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
The American Folklife Center and its Veterans History Project support teachers by providing primary source materials from one of the largest ethnographic archives in the world.


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