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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

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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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The War Show (POV/PBS)

Film maker Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a circle of friends. Beginning with peaceful Arab Spring protests in 2011, take a four-year, ground-level look at how the country spiraled into bloody civil war. A Point of View (POV) documentary production. Read about it at (Repeats on July 5)
Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:00pm

“The Vaccine War” (Front Line/PBS)

Join an investigation into the science and politics of vaccine safety. Despite a scientific consensus that there is no link between vaccines and disorders like autism, the war over whether to immunize children continues. If a few un-immunized children catch a dangerous disease, it can suddenly threaten thousands of children and adults alike, sparking a pandemic. Maybe social science, popular education, and public policy are as important as medical science when it comes to keeping a human society healthy.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

Model UN for High Schools (American University)

Your school is invited to attend the fifth session of the American University Model United Nations Conference (AmeriMUNC). Early next year, February 2-4, 2018, AmeriMUNC will be held on American University's campus in Washington, DC. These summer months -- July and August -- are the time to get your principal and social studies department chair enthused about this great experience for your students.

The Concept of Fair Trade (Fair Trade Campaigns)

Fair Trade Campaigns has developed a series of lesson plans to help educators bring the concept of Fair Trade into their middle and high school classrooms. There are four distinct lessons, covering four subject areas in relation to Fair Trade:

- Changing the Rules of the Global Economy: An Introduction to Fair Trade
- Gender Equity and Fair Trade
- Child Labor and Fair Trade
- Environmental Sustainability and Fair Trade

Middle and high school students can enter the Teens Dream Video Competition with a 2-minute video of their dream as it relates to one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). See the colorful descriptions at In the fall of 2017, educate your students about the UN and how it is working collaboratively with stakeholder groups around the world that include youth. Then invite them to create a


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