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Minimum Wage Deliberation
Should Congress and the President pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage of American workers? Learn about the positions of Senators,...
Lobbyists: Who, What, and Why
In this lesson, students will examine the role of lobbyists in policy making. Specifically, they will a) identify what lobbyists are, b) explain the...
Electoral College Pros/Cons and Alternatives
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...
What is Gerrymandering and Who Should Control the Redistricting Process?
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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...
The Powers of the President
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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...
Lesson Plan: Enumerated and Implied Powers of Congress
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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...
Choice Board: The Gilded Age
  • The Progressive Era
  • MS, HS
This document is a choice board covering 8 different events and topics occuring during the time of the Gilded Age. For each topic, students are...
Reconstruction Era
  • Reconstruction
  • High School
At the conclusion of the Civil War, the country faced significant challenges as it began to rebuild the South and unite the states. Newly freed...
National Security & Surveillance Deliberation
Should the federal government monitor phone and internet activity through federal offices, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), to protect the...
Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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...