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Rock the Vote Democracy Class

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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Protective Custody: Prisoner 34042

This memoir of a Holocaust survivor offers a unique perspective on the experience of women in concentration camps.

How Robert Scheer's Playing President Might Help Remediate the Problem of Shallow Textbooks and Political Apathy

Mamer Books such as Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clintonand How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush can help raise awareness of contemporary politics and history.

Life Behind the Wall: Palestinian Students Online

English classes seemed boring to the author's tenth-grade Ramallah students, until they decided to launch the first Palestinian online youth magazine.
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The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease

By taking a closer look at various Yellow Fever outbreaks, the authors demonstrate for students the social, governmental, and economic impact of epidemics upon cities.

Comparing International Textbooks to Develop Historical Thinking

This lesson plan offers students the opportunity to compare how American and Vietnamese textbooks portray specific events of the Vietnam War.

Website Potpourri

The author provides a collection of noteworthy sites that can stimulate useful activities and projects for teachers and students.

Search and Seizure in the Schools

Students will learn about key Fourth Amendment concepts and the extent to which the amendment's protections apply to their lives in and out of school.
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Congo: Elections and the Battle for Mineral Resources

Teaching about current events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo can illustrate for students the connection between technologies we enjoy in the Westcell phones, laptops and play stationsand fighting in a mineral-rich nation.
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