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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from http://rtvote.com/i7TIcv

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In the Mix (Discount for NCSS Members)

In the Mix is the Emmy-Award-winning PBS documentary series for school classrooms, middle grades through college. Several programs deal with diversity and dispel stereotypes, topics that are so important now in American society.
  In the Mix is glad to offer NCSS members a discount on any DVD title ($40 instead of $70) + $8 shipping per order) in a package that includes performance rights and discussion guides. Some relevant program topics include: “dealing with differences”; racism”; “teen Immigrants”; and “media literacy.”  

Teaching the Middle East: Resource Guide

Teaching the Middle East: A Resource Guide for American Educators is now available at on teachmideast.org. Comprehensive background essays give essential context and information on key issues that teachers and students should be familiar with to better understand the Middle East. This teaching guide is free.

Resources on the Electoral College

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the members of the Electoral College in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia met to cast their votes for President and Vice President. Here are some resources to help introduce and discuss the Electoral College in class.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Tag It for NCSS!

Make Thanksgiving a meaningful celebration by inviting your students to participate in this nationwide oral history project, which is supported by NPR and the Library of Congress, where interviews can be posted.
NCSS members can help us create a collection of 2016 NCSS living-memory narratives by reminding their students to tag their Great Thanksgiving Listen recordings with the keyword "NCSS."

"Bound Together" Slavery Exhibit (Mount Vernon)

The newest exhibit from George Washington's Mount Vernon is online, and worth a visit. "Lives Bound Together" explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon and George Washington's evolving opinions about slavery. 
http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/slavery
Invite students to also explore the various tabs at this webpage, which include:

10 Facts About George Washington & Slavery

Bill of Rights (TAH)

Preparing students for responsible citizenship begins with a solid understanding of the content and meaning of the Bill of Rights.
Teaching American History (TAH.org) strives to make that task easier through this easy-to-use exhibit. A highlight of the exhibit is an interactive chart tracing the documentary and political origins of each of the rights in the Bill of Rights.

Speeches at the Press Club (LOC)

The Library of Congress has a new curated web presentation—“Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989” (loc.gov/rr/record/pressclub/)—that features speeches by some of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period. Most of these select speeches from the Library’s National Press Club Collection have not been heard in their entirety since they were initially delivered.

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