Election Lessons

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. 


 

Helping Students Counter Anti-Muslim Bias
Posted on: Jan. 2, 2017

This lesson plan has material for two classroom sessions or circles. In part one, students share their own experiences of bias or harassment, learn a few facts about Muslims, then hear and reflect on statements from young Muslims about the impact of the 2016 election on their lives. In part two, students watch a video about efforts to combat the targeting of Muslim students at one school, consider what actions they might take to counter anti-Muslim bias and harassment, and prepare to take those actions.  


 

Electoral College? Or Popular Vote?
Posted on: Dec. 20, 2016

What is the Electoral College, and why does it decide who is president? Students learn about and discuss the pros and cons of the Electoral College system and current campaigns to reform or circumvent it. 


 

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