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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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Statistics in Schools, SIS (U.S. Census)

SIS offers free social studies—history, sociology and geography—resources to K-12 teachers and students to help them understand the value and everyday use of statistics. These materials include standards-based activities based on a range of historical eras and a variety of topics that

 "Bill Nye: Science Guy," Fighting for Science (POV/PBS)

 ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ is a documentary about the TV personality and halt-climate-change advocate. It premieres on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in celebration of Earth Day (Sunday April 22). The film features exclusive access and personal look at the celebrity scientist, with appearances by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and other luminaries in science and education.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:00pm
April 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to May 1, 2018 - 8:00pm

This series is designed for those who currently use, or interested in learning about integrating music in their classroom studies. Over the course of four (4) webinars, examine how popular music reflects and impacts society; analyze topics and themes of significant events through the lens of song; and discuss ideas and strategies educators have found effective when using music to engage and inform their students.

Presenter: Stephen Armstrong, NCSS Past President and Social Studies Consultant, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT, has lead workshops on popular music and social studies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the original location of the Woodstock Music Festival. 

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Teaching Resources about Gun Violence

How are you addressing current events in your classroom? Please let us know at tssp@ncss.org, and send us links to the top few teaching resources that you rely on. We’ll consider them for including here, among the teaching resource and background articles that social studies educators have offered for sharing with colleagues. (No endorsement implied. See footnote.)

May 22, 2018 - 10:45am EDT
The Civic Life Project invites high school and college students to submit a 4- to 8-minute documentary films about a public issue that they care about for the third annual Youth Film Challenge.
Deadline: 
4/30/2018

Epidemics and Society’s Response (NCSS; The Vaccine Makers Project; CDC)

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu epidemic, which killed about one-third of the human population on Earth. We also have, this year, an especially virulent strain of the flue to contend with. How society prepares for, and responds to, infectious diseases is the topic of these teaching resources.

Raphael Mazzone and Lee Ann Potter, “Documents Related to the Flu Pandemic of 1918,” Social Education 70, no. 7 (November/December 2006): 393–396. *** As World War I neared its end, a worldwide epidemic claimed more victims than the war itself. The two featured documents recall the loss of life and havoc in the United States. Open access: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/november-dece...

Diane Luke and Ann Winkler, “The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease,” Social Education 71, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 40–43. *** 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. For NCSS members: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/january-febru...

The Vaccine Makers Project ("Hilleman" film clip, resources, curriculum). Ironically, the very success of vaccines in the 20th century created a public policy dilemma: people have

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