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Lesson Plans

Civil Rights and Civic Action

Analyze both historical and contemporary examples of youth civic action, identify current challenges, and develop a civic service plan to address a cause.

Gun Violence and Next-Generation Coalitions

By looking through the lens of Columbine, consider ways to address school safety and empower citizens through coalition building.

Kids, Collaboration, and Coalitions

Explore coalition-building accomplishments of young people to recognize that any individual, regardless of age, race, status, or gender, has the potential to affect change through collaboration.

Speaking Out: Four Freedoms Then and Now

Analyze FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech to develop understandings of freedoms Americans should keep front of mind today.

Securing Our Freedoms Beyond the Bill of Rights

Compare and contrast Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters with rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, then consider additional freedoms or rights that should be secured.

Find Your Freedom Beyond the Bill of Rights

What are some basic freedoms? What rights does the Bill of Rights guarantee? What other freedoms or rights should we work to secure?

Espionage, Sedition, Censorship, and Speaking Up

Investigate censorship before and after the passage of the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-18, then consider the importance of freedom of the press and express your current view of press censorship in wartime.

Freedom of the Press, Censorship, and Sedition

How can the First Amendment, the Sedition Act of 1798, and a political cartoon from the 1970s inform your view of the relevance of freedom of the press over time and today?

Journalists and a Free Press

What role do journalists play in keeping citizens of a democratic society informed about their community, nation, and the world? Learn how to present issues accurately, fairly, and truthfully.

Carbon Footprints, Climate, and Civic Causes

Analyze how humans have influenced climate change since the Industrial Revolution. Then calculate your own carbon footprint and create an action plan to impact the environment.