Lesson Plans

(Re)Presenting Women

Civil Liberties and Rights, History
Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 6-8
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will research a civil liberties issue in women's history and create a mock museum exhibit.

A Country of Immigrants, More or Less

Civil Liberties and Rights, Diversity, History
Trustees: Amy Wong Mok and Bernard Rapoport
Grade Level: 6-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students compare and contrast notions of citizenship and non citizenship and examine patterns of immigration in the US.

A Matter of Age

Campaigns and Elections, Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Charles Clymer
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will investigate, research, and give a presentation about young elected officials in their local, state, or national community.

Action And Voice: Active or Passive?

Civic Responsibility
Trustees: Barbara Brown, Amy Wong Mok, or Charles Clymer
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students analyze and describe the concept of political participation.

Are We All that Different?

Diversity
Trustees: Barney Flores and Amy Wong Mok
Grade: 7-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will explore the characteristics of a diverse community, develop a questionnaire, and poll their communities.

Business vs. Public Good

Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Bernard Rapoport
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will research a foundation and its founding member.

Charting Social Responsibility

Civic Responsibility, Civil Liberties and Rights
Trustee: Bernard Rapoport
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will learn about social responsibility and evaluate the concepts of "self-made" and corporate responsibility.

Citizen Advocacy

Legislation and Policy Making
Trustee: Amy Wong Mok
Grade Level: 11-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will learn about the importance of expert testimony in the legislative process and recommend an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act.

Civic Engagement for Us?

Civic Responsibility, Structure and Roles of Government
Trustee: Charles Clymer
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Examine forms of civic engagement and responsibilities of government at various levels.

Discover Your Inner Politician

Structure and Roles of Government
Trustees: Dan Gattis/Patrick Rose and Annette Strauss
Grade Level: 6-12
Time: 30-45 minutes
Description: Students will take a personality test to see for which government office they would be best suited.

Editor’s Pick

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 6-8
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will make editorial decisions and present their findings.

Everything is Political

Legislation and Policy Making, Structure and Roles of Government
Trustees: Dan Gattis and Patrick Rose
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will craft a piece of legislation.

Function and Structure

Structure and Roles of Government
Trustee: Terrence Fontaine
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will build a list of local government structures and functions.

Information on The Side

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 6-8
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will identify ways of presenting print information while recognizing effects on audiences.

Interest Group Debate

Civic Responsibility, Legislation and Policy Making
Trustee: Barbara Brown
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Teach students about influence of interest groups in the decision making process.

Involved for Change

Civic Responsibility
Trustees: Cathy Bonner, Barney Flores, or Barbara Brown
Grade Level: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will complete a biographical sketch of a local community leader.

It’s All in the Head(lines)

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 6-8
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will distinguish between news of various scope and predict the main points of a news story.

Lines and Leads

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will read, analyze, and write headlines and lead lines for newspaper articles.

Networking for Nonprofits

Civic Responsibility
Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 7-8,9-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Help students recognize the importance of networking and fundraising for businesses and non-profit organization.

News Abuse

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will interview peers about sources of news, conduct a class survey, write a survey report, and express agreement/disagreement with an opinion.

Newsroom

Role of Media
Trustee: Craig Flournoy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will simulate a newsroom and discuss how editorial decisions are made.