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Students define explicit, implicit, and confirmation bias, and examine why people sometimes maintain their beliefs in the face of contradictory information.
Students respond to film clips in which Condoleezza Rice and Deidre Prevett discuss the influences of family, community, and the legacies of older generations on who they are today.
Students brainstorm different definitions of democracy and consider democracy's relationship to their own communities and cultures.
Students identify the ideals and values we share in common as a nation by watching a video clip from States Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith and analyzing a reading.
Students reflect on what "American" means to them and are introduced to the idea that the United States is the product of many individual voices and stories.
Students explore the relationship between a free press and responsible citizenship by listening to interviews with journalists from the United States and South Africa.
Students begin thinking about civic engagement in terms of their own passions and identities as they are introduced to the 10 Questions Framework.
Students review the US Department of Justice report, revisit how confirmation bias impacts our understanding of events, and consider how to bridge the gap in understanding that often surrounds events like Ferguson.
Students draw on a classic Dr. Seuss story to explore how communities make choices regarding membership.
Students draw on a contemporary parable to explore how identity is formed by our own perception as well as other people's perception of us.
Students create classroom rules through a group activity, and learn the relationship between customs and laws as it relates to a safe learning environment.
Students experience the challenges to reporting objectively by writing a news piece and watching a video about how journalists counteract bias in the newsroom.