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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 http://rtvote.com/i7TIcv

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage (Equality): Welcoming Diverse Families in the Elementary Classroom

The use of trade books to foster discussion of historical events and major Supreme Court decisions in the elementary classroom can serve as a powerful method through which elementary students can begin to see themselves as active contributors to the communities and worlds in which they live. In this article and the accompanying lesson plan, the authors share ways to teach about Supreme Court decisions —specifically the decisions that have affected marriage equality—with the C3 Framework.

Civic Data to Inform Student Action

To what extent does the civic empowerment gap exist in recent cohorts of Democracy Schools? Explore the connection between exposure to proven civic learning practices and civic engagement outcomes. Discuss ways to address issues of inequity in your school.

Civic Engagement as a Core Principle of University/School Partnership

Examine a private university/public school partnership that seeks to support and sustain neighborhood public education. Understand how civic engagement is a core animating value of a partnership. Learn how students in a diverse school examine and act on critical social and political issues.

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