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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Should Congress and the President pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage of American workers? Learn about the positions of Senators,...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, students will examine the role of lobbyists in policy making. Specifically, they will a) identify what lobbyists are, b) explain the...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Once students understand the Electoral College, how it operates, and how it has evolved over the years, they will explore the pros and cons of the...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In 2015, the Supreme Court decided in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission that the voters of a state could use the...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
The executive branch was created by Article II of the U.S. Constitution and is headed by the President of the United States. The Constitution granted...
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Article I Section 8 of the Constitution lists powers expressly delegated to Congress. This lesson has students learn about the concepts of enumerated...
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Should the federal government monitor phone and internet activity through federal offices, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), to protect the...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, students will explore the civil liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Specifically, students will a) read and interpret the text...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Should the President be able to exercise executive powers as identified in the “take care” clause during times of Congressional gridlock? Learn about...
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
Common Core
In this lesson, students will examine the role of celebrities and experts testifying in front of Congressional Committees. Specifically, they will a...