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Why Local Elections Matter

In this lesson, students explore the ways that decisions by local government affect their lives. They’ll review research and data about a few recent local elections to push back against the myth that a single vote doesn’t count. They’ll learn how laws in their state encourage or suppress voter engagement. And in an extension activity, eligible students learn how to register to vote.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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The Truth About Voting

In this lesson, students will learn some common myths about voting today, think through who these myths might benefit, learn why these myths are incorrect and consider how people might ensure every eligible citizen has a chance to vote. In an extension activity, students learn how to register to vote.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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The True History of Voting Rights

In this lesson, students learn about the expansion and restriction of voting rights in the United States. They examine laws and court rulings that have affected the voting rights of millions of Americans, brainstorm possible explanations for voter disengagement and explore a timeline of voting rights in the United States. In an extension activity, students learn how to register to vote.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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Media Consumers and Creators, What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities?

This lesson focuses on the concept of "fake news" and the responsibilities of news and media creators and consumers. Students will explore PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and read an article about "fake news" that presents strategies on how to approach digital sources.
Grade Level
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
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News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

This lesson focuses on PEN America's News Consumers' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Students will read the bill of rights, rephrase some of the rights and responsibilities, and rank the rights in order of importance. Finally, students will work together to construct a short dramatic skit that shows the significance of one right of their choosing.
Grade Level
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
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Digital Activism Remixed: Hashtags for Voice, Visibility and Visions of Social Justice

As social media engagement among youth continues to rise, students are becoming increasingly exposed to and involved in hashtag campaigns related to themes of identity, diversity, justice and social action.
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain
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Civic Engagement and Communication as Digital Community Members

Just as we engage students in establishing guidelines for building inclusive, safe spaces in our classrooms, it is vital that students learn how to communicate in internet groups and respond to bias online.
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
ELL / ESL
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain