Election Lessons

Voter fraud? Or voter suppression?
Posted on: Sep. 24, 2017

Critics charge that the real goal of a new federal commission to investigate voter fraud is to justify efforts to make it more difficult for people of color to vote.  Students learn about and discuss the controversy.


Russian Controversy
Posted on: Mar. 5, 2017

Students discuss key issues in the evolving story over links between the Trump administration and Russia with a short quiz, reading, and discussion.


Presidential Conflicts of Interest
Posted on: Feb. 20, 2017

Questions loom over whether President Donald Trump can avoid conflicts between his business interests and the interest of the people he represents. In two readings and discussion, students consider how past presidents have tried to prevent conflicts of interest, how Trump has addressed this concern, and challenges Trump is already facing over potential conflicts.


DeVos and a Controversy over Public Education
Posted on: Feb. 20, 2017

Students learn about and consider arguments for and against the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos through a quick quiz, student reading, small group work and discussion.


Trump Immigration Ban: Photos, tweets & headlines
Posted on: Feb. 3, 2017

This lesson explores Trump's immigration ban and the protests and other actions that followed using photos, tweets, and headlines. 


Trump’s Immigration Ban: News & Stories
Posted on: Jan. 31, 2017

Students learn and talk about Trump’s immigration ban and the reaction to it, and discuss the stories of people who have been directly affected. 


Alternative Facts: Tips for telling fake news from real news
Posted on: Jan. 31, 2017

While the internet can be an excellent source of news, it is also an excellent source of lies. Here are six tips to help students tell the difference.


Trump inaugurated, women & allies march
Posted on: Jan. 22, 2017

Students hear and discuss excerpts from President Trump's inaugural speech, and discuss the Women's March on Washington and its sister marches across the world.


Why the Controversy over Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions?
Posted on: Jan. 19, 2017

Students learn and discuss Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, his background, and what happened at his confirmation hearing.


What Does the Trump Administration Mean for Climate Change?
Posted on: Jan. 16, 2017

Donald Trump has said that climate change is a "hoax." His appointee for Secretary of State is a former Exxon Mobil executive who now says he believes climate change is a serious threat. In two readings and in discussion, students explore what the Trump administration might mean for climate change and for those who are concerned about it.