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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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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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Virtual Event for Classrooms: Inside THE VIETNAM WAR with Ken Burns (PBS)

Classrooms across the U.S. are invited to join presenting partners PBS Education, ITVS, National History Day, and WETA on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 12:30PM ET for a live, streaming-only event featuring filmmaker Ken Burns, director of the PBS documentary, THE VIETNAM WAR. During the interactive discussion, Ken will offer an in-depth look at the Vietnam War era through his latest documentary while sharing personal, behind-the-scenes insights into his experience working with U.S. and Vietnamese veterans.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:30pm

Dolores (Independent Lens/PBS)

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt’s documentary "Dolores" tells the story of Dolores Huerta (1930 - ), among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
See local listing for exact dates and times of broadcast.
For a limited time: "The FULL FILM (1:35:39) | IN DRAMATIC Available until 4/24/2018."
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:00pm

Presidential Resources for Teachers (Miller Center, UVA)

The Miller Center offers a free, teacher- and student-friendly collection that's about all of the U.S. presidents and key public issues of each period. "Each president's page includes carefully crafted essays by experts, quick facts, presidential speeches, interviews with scholars, relevant publications, and more."
A Call for Pedagogical Proposals: The 1938Projekt is collecting submissions in two age categories: high school and college lessons. The format of submissions is open, but should include: age category/type of school, discipline, intended learning outcomes, a ready-to-use description of teaching and learning activities, and a 50-word bio of the educator/author who is submitting the teaching activity. We especially welcome submissions already tested in classroom setting, with comments on students’ responses.
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6/30/2018

 "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

Mankiller: A Documentary about Chief Wilma Mankiller (PBS)

The PBS webpage (http://www.pbs.org/program/mankiller/) about this documentary Mankiller states: "This is the story of an American hero. One who stands tall among the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless. And yet few people know her name.
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 9:00pm to Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 9:00pm

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