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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.

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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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Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm

Teaching about Fred Korematsu and World War II Japanese American Incarceration

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:40pm
Fred Korematsu's daughter will discuss her father's fight for justice against Japanese Incarceration (Internment) through the documentary Of Civil Wrongs and Rights, primary sources, and the Korematsu Institute Teaching Kit.

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Friday, December 2, 2016 -
3:45pm to 4:45pm

Race and Reconstruction: A Historical Lens to Contemporary Issues

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:15am to 10:15am
Reconstruction, a pivotal moment in US History, lets students explore questions about national identity, responsibility, freedom and justice that are fundamental to historical understanding, citizenship and issues today. Resource book included.

Interrogating Medium and Message: Utilizing Documentaries to Teach about Genocide

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Explore reflective questions that can help teachers and students interrogate historical documentaries about genocide with an emphasis on U.S. policy and global connections.

Turning Twitter into a Critical Inquiry Tool: Techniques and Tips

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:15am to 10:15am
Twitter postings are fertile ground for strengthening the analytical skills of historical thinking. The critical inquiry techniques presented will equip teachers in facilitating stronger media literacies with their students.

Three Strikes and Second Chances: Examining Criminal Justice through Documentary

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
In 2012, California amended its three-strikes law, instigating the reintegration of thousands of lifers. PBS's POV presents tools to examine criminal justice and reentry through the documentary, The Return.

I'm Right, but You're not Totally Wrong: Learning to Listen

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
We live in an information glut: filter bubbles, confirmation bias, and media narrowcasting have stymied students' listening and learning abilities. Learn about C3-based, technology-rich activities that foster informed discussion.


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