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

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

How the World Votes: The Iowa Caucuses and Voter Representation

The Iowa caucuses are the first chance voters in the US have to cast a ballot in support of a presidential candidate. Help students understand how the caucuses work, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of voting in person, and explore the question of whether Iowa should be the first state to vote.

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Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Responding to #LivingWhileBlack

Help students develop a framework for analyzing and discussing the incidents of racial bias they’re seeing in the news and on social media.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

How the World Votes: India’s Election and Access to Polling Places

Explore ideas around access to voting by learning about India’s general election and the country’s commitment to ensuring that all voters are close to a polling station.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Civic Action Meets Civic Education in Colombia

As historians, we have worked for a long time with Colombian school teachers on peace and citizenship education, both during their graduate degrees and through the implementation of official programs and projects in schools. Accordingly, the national strike is of great importance for us.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Explainer: Political Polarization in the United States

This Explainer defines the term political polarization and provides information on how it impacts US politics and society.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement
Media Literacy

How to Read the News Like a Fact Checker: a Media Literacy Strategy

Reading “laterally” is a key media literacy strategy that helps students determine the quality of online sources. This Teaching Idea trains students to use this technique to evaluate the credibility of the news they encounter on social media feeds or elsewhere online.

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Plan Ahead With Our Teacher Checklist

View our teacher checklist for preparing to teach current events to middle and high school students. We include recommended news sources, key questions to ask yourself as you plan, and strategies for navigating emotionally difficult or complex topics.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Teaching Impeachment Amid Polarization

As public presidential impeachment hearings begin in the US House of Representatives, American middle and high school educators face a number of unique challenges. Here are 4 strategies that can help you make the impeachment inquiry a teachable moment.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Assessing The Strength of Democracy

Provide students with an opportunity to explore their understanding of democracy and to make meaning of current events about democracies at risk in the world today.

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Race in US History
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Justice & Human Rights

The Debate over Reparations for Racial Injustice

With reparations in the news, this Teaching Idea helps students define the term, learn what forms reparations can take, and consider what reparations should be offered for slavery and other racist policies.

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Media Literacy

Partner Resource: Checkology

Our partners at the News Literacy Project developed the media literacy resource Checkology, a set of lessons designed to help students learn how to critically evaluate and interpret news sources.

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