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.

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.

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.

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.

The Meaning of the Federalist Papers

Engage with the key concepts of democracy and republic through close reading of excerpts from The Federalist Papers in order to gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

Mandatory Vaccinations: Yea or Nay?

Analyze primary sources to build knowledge of the purpose of immunizations and to serve as evidence when role playing as congressional leaders debating a mandatory vaccination bill.

Race, the 14th Amendment, and Equal Protection

Examine how the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause has affected racial discrimination in the United States through primary source analysis, role play, and discussions.

Voting: Rights and Responsibilities

Examine the evolution of voting rights in the United States and consider how equality in the United States could be expanded through additional voting legislation.