Either individually or with a partner, students will post a best practices lesson for a civics topic that also teaches with and about media. Each student is also expected to rate and comment on at least three lesson plans.

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The 2nd Amendment and You

by Dustin Rodgers

This lesson teaches students about the 2nd Amendment and how it is represented in the media. It also allows them to express their views on the 2nd Amendment through the use of various media sources.
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Lesson Plan dealing with media literacy and the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention.
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A lesson and powerpoint in which students will evaluate the role the media and celebrities play into our ideas of civic engagement and voting while asking the question if duty outweigh the uninformed vote
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This lesson covers the various roles of the president and how media portrays them. The lesson includes a game from icivics.org, a webquest, and finishes with the students taking part in a mock press conference.
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A lesson plan on the US Congress using a simulation and computer research.
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This lesson is primarily based on a class simulation of the actual legislative process, with students participating in and acting out the process in the context of our classroom (they will be creating and potentially passing bills that directly pertain to the class or school). Reasoning: I chose simulation because I think it a very meaningful, student-centered, hands-on method of instruction that allows students to get a good understanding of the material through independent research, group participation and discovery.
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Political Party TV

by Jillian Kistler

This lesson addresses how political parties are portrayed by the mainstream media.
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This is a lesson about political participation & the new methods developed since the rise of media and technology - specifically cyber-activism.
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This accompanies the lesson plan I posted.
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Campaign Wars

by Karla Wolff

This lesson teaches students about campaigns and elections in the United States. It uses examples from previous campaigns and has the students creating an original campaign
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The DREAM Act

by Kristina Grogan

All about The DREAM Act
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This lesson teaches some of the major informal fallacies found in the American Political discourse covered by the media
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