On This Day: The Creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency often doesn't register as a critical government function, but the EPA works to protect communities. Using video segments from Scott Pruitt's confirmation hearing, a Barack Obama speech on the agency's work and an interview with a Nixon administration official, learners consider its impact. Then, they decide: What is the current role for this agency?

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create discussion questions based on the video segments and news reports on current environmental policy
Classroom Considerations
  • Create a free account or gain access using the credentials username: students, and password: C-SPANCLASSROOM to view the four video segments
  • Video links to related curated videos
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Videos highlight various political perspectives
  • Segments are short and easy to add to instruction
Cons
  • None