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Lesson Plans

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.

Vaccinations, Science, and the Law

Explore the role of science in informing public policy and experience the challenges of decision-making about vaccinations in the United States.

TB or Not TB: Disease Prevention

Evaluate primary sources to deepen understanding of the role of science in disease prevention in the United States.

Gerrymandering: Voting by Numbers

Apply ratios and proportions to the political issue of voting districts and gerrymandering, then solve problems of fair representation and role play to devise solutions.

Electoral College: Are All Votes Equal?

Apply mathematical percentages to evaluate how population impacts presidential elections, then consider the current relevance of the Electoral College.

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.

Education and Equality in the Courts

Evaluate the evolution of educational equality in the United States and participate in a moot court activity about a Supreme Court case involving the right to public education for undocumented students.

Does Every Vote Count?

Analyze historical and contemporary primary sources to consider how voting practices could affect voting equality.

The Impact of Voting

Evaluate how the right to vote has impacted equality in the United States and consider if voting rights should be expanded.