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Vote Election Day Polls

Tracking the Election

Post | September 30, 2018

A few ways to keep students engaged with the midterm elections include tracking public opinion polling in your state, keeping track of national trends, and monitoring important Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. Begin by visiting the following links: Vox outlines the stakes in the midterm elections Explore RealClearPolitics’ Senate, House, and gubernatorial maps Some questions […]

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Teaching the 2018 Midterms

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The 2018 midterm elections are upon us and control of Congress is at stake! For most people, the election will be less than 75 days away when the school year starts, and state primaries may already be over. Preparing new voters In the months leading up to Election Day, we will use this blog space […]


About the Blog

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Teaching the news is time consuming and complicated; by the time you are able to find and process important issues and identify how to teach them, they are old news. This site will be updated frequently with links to classroom-ready news items, relevant context, and suggested teaching activities and discussion questions. Teaching Controversial Issues We […]

Climate Change

Issue Discussion | August 6, 2018

Evaluate six proposals that the United States could incorporate into its energy and environmental policies. Consider the pros and cons of each proposal and which option(s) you would most likely support. 

Democracy and Adversity, 1919-1945

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Experience the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, and the saga of World War II through the eyes and pens of some of America’s greatest writers and poets, from F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison and Elie Wiesel. Help your students see a new perspective of critical moments […]

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