Teaching Current Events: Democracy and Civic Engagement

Democracies across the globe are increasingly fragile. Examine the health of democracy, voting and elections, and the pivotal role civic participation of young people plays.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement
Media Literacy
Race in US History

Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

Help students become informed and effective civic participants in today's digital landscape. This unit is designed to develop students' critical thinking, news literacy, civic engagement, and social-emotional skills and competencies.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Current Events in Your Classroom

In this webinar, we discuss tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum and strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Voting Rights in the United States

Use this Teaching Idea during the 2020 election season to help students explore the expansion and constriction of voting rights throughout US history.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

#DefundThePolice?

As the George Floyd protests continue in cities around the country, debate continues to mount about the future of policing.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Reflecting on Juneteenth

Described as a second independence day, June 19th or Juneteenth marks the day that emancipation reached slaves in the furthest reaches of the South.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

What it Takes to Be an Upstander

Marti Tippens Murphy, Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves Memphis, recently reflected upon the nature of upstanding and what it demands of us in these times in 

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Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans

This Teaching Idea is a guide for teachers to begin conversations with their students about George Floyd’s death and the events that surround it.

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Media Literacy

Where Do We Get Our News and Why Does It Matter?

Explore media bias using recent news coverage of controversial events and help students think about what healthy news habits they want to adopt.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Student Journaling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Journals can provide students with a space to process their thoughts, feelings, and uncertainties during this difficult time. Use the tips and writing prompts in this resource to help your students establish a practice of journaling.

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Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Why Is the Coronavirus Disproportionately Impacting Black Americans?

Help students explore the underlying causes of racial inequity in coronavirus outcomes with the activities in this Teaching Idea.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism

This Teaching Idea provides facts about the new coronavirus and allows students to explore instances of discrimination related to COVID-19.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

COVID-19: How Can We Make Choices That Promote The Common Good?

This Teaching Idea features Google Slides with activities that prompt students to reflect on the difficult ethical questions we’re all facing during the coronavirus crisis.

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