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36 Public Policy Questions to Energize Your Government/History Classroom Debates

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Need topics that are sure to engage your debaters? This list of public policy questions includes such topics as school mascots, regulation of major league baseball, physician-assisted suicide, and violence in video games. A great...
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Investigation of a Key Public Policy Issue

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders select and analyze a public policy issue. In groups, they create a hot list of web sites that have been explored and investigated as a result of a web search. Using their research, 12th graders individually produce a...
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Deliberating in a Democracy: Religious Symbols in Public Schools

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Does the First Amendment protect the display of religious symbols in school? Learners discover the religious rights of students in the United States, and analyze reasons for and against banning religious displays.
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Religious Expression in Public Schools

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Pupils divide into small groups, each one taking one of the sections of the letter from Secretary Riley, "Legal Guidelines on Religious Expression in Public Schools," the letter from Secretary Paige, and the document "Guidance on...
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Religious Expression in Public Schools

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore religious expression in the United States. For this religious freedom lesson, students read a handout regarding Religious Freedom Day and other handouts regarding religious expression in public schools. High...
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From Tinker to Fraser: Freedom of Speech in Public Schools

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Tinker and Fraser cases were taken the Supreme Court on the basis of the 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. Learners discuss each case, the First AMendment, complete handouts, and conduct a role play activity. Handouts are...
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School Board Simulation on Safe Schools

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
After examining the responsibilities of a school superintendent and of a school board, as well as engaging in a school board meeting simulation, class members create their own school safety plan.
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Public Opinion: Crash Course Government and Politics #33

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If asked to name the senators who represent your state, could you do it? The 33rd installment of a 50-part United States and government and politics series addresses the issue of public opinion. Class members view a short video and...
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On This Day: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
When a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the tragedy gave birth to a new age of student activism. Using video from the March from our Lives and politicians scrambling to react to the crisis,...
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Public Speaking and Persuasion - Improve Your School!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Present vital information and persuade your audience. The class views and discusses two video segments regarding a Chinese school government election. They prepare and deliver persuasive speeches that require them to describe how they...
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Should Schools Have a Vocational Track?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
To prepare for an informed discussion of whether or not public schools should include a vocational track, class members read an annotated academic text, examine a fact sheet, and develop a script for an interview. Pairs craft the script...
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Mock Trial - Chris Moss v. Dr. Terry Preece and Metro City Unified School District

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The mother of a graduating high school senior sues the school district in the mock trial case, Chris Moss v. New Columbia Public School District and Dr. Terry Preece.
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Public Service Announcement: Civic Responsibility

For Teachers 5th
Get your message across. Scholars use their prior knowledge and artistic skills to create public service announcements. The project is designed to explain the importance of civic harmony and the responsibility of all citizens to...
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Using Drama to Address Social Justice Issues in School and the Community

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Artists, musicians, and dramatists have long been the leaders in the quest for social justice. To gain an understanding of the power of the arts to address social issues, class members listen to a reading of Drew Daywalt's The Day the...
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Public Speaking Lesson: The Impact of Bullying

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's one thing to prevent yourself from becoming a bully, but how do you convince others to follow suit? Take the first step in creating a better world with a public speaking lesson that prompts learners to write and present persuasive...
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Edgewood ISD v. Kirby

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered where the money comes from to pay for your school, teachers, supplies, and building? The 1989 Supreme Court case Edgewood ISD v. Kirby lays a framework for open discussion on the funding of public schools. Using a...
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School, Unplugged

For Students 8th - 9th
What would school be like if you couldn't teach lessons that require technology? Would it benefit the class? Would it hold them back? Have your learners read this article and answer the basic reading comprehension questions. Then have...
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Choose Your Own Adventure: School Nutritional Policy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Mature audiences are required for this lesson plan on implementing health-related policies. First, they openly explore the CDC obesity page while taking notes about what they discover. Then they view a PowerPoint about the success of...
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The Formation of Public Opinion: Ch 8

For Students 10th - 12th
After reading about the formation of public opinion, the class can complete this quiz. They answer 5 true/false statements regarding public policy, political attitudes, and public opinion. Then they answer 5 multiple-choice questions...
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Public Arts Programs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers choose a project from one of the public art programs and work on it as a collaborative project. The goal is to encourage students to research art programs in their city, and communicate with high schoolers from another city.
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Private & Public

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Some disabled students have a difficulty understanding what is and what is not publicly appropriate behavior. Help them build healthy social skills by defining public and private behaviors, labeling public and private places, and...
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Relationships for Students in Middle School

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Boundaries are important in relationships, no matter how close the relationship is. Middle schoolers explore the ideas of boundaries and personal space with two units about relationships. After discussing the boundaries in their own...
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Public Schools and Prayer - Do They Mix?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars discuss and research different Supreme Court cases and examine religious freedom and prayer in public schools.
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Founding of the Laurel Grove School and Other "Colored" Schools in Fairfax County, 1860–1890

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The right to public education was not always so clear in American history. Readers study several primary and secondary source documents, including property deeds, maps, and photographs, about the founding of local schools during the...

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