BOOM & BANK BAILOUT
What fueled the housing
boom and the bust that followed? Who was hurt? Who benefited? Two student readings
explore the issues.
LANGUAGE & FACTS IN THE HEALTHCARE DEBATE
Student readings include
excerpts from a memo and an ad attacking Obama's reform plan as well as a description
of that plan. Discussion questions call for critical thinking about language,
factual, and substantive issues.
ASSAULT WEAPONS BE BANNED?
readings review the origins of the AK-47, the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons,
President Obama's views on guns, and the NRA's political clout. Discussion questions
and an inquiry-oriented plan for "constructive controversy" follow.
ORGANIC IS ORGANIC FOOD?
is organic food exactly? Student activities include two readings, a quiz,
a writing assignment and suggestions for further inquiry.
readings address the chief issues in today's reform efforts, obstacles to reform,
and critical views of mainstream school reform. Discussion questions and suggestions
for student inquiries and writing follow.
MEMOS & THE RULE OF LAW
student reading includes excerpts from recently released memos on 'interrogation
techniques' approved by the Bush administration; a second reading quotes President
Obama's statement on the issue. Discussion questions and writing and citizenship
INITIATIVES to Combat Climate Change
readings describe the scientific controversy over "tipping points,"
the Obama-Biden energy program, and plans to green the Empire State Building.
Following the readings are suggestions for student-led green initiatives for Earth
Day - or any other day.
strategy in AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN,
with a DBQ (4/8/09)
An introduction and
two student readings discuss the president's view of the Afghanistan/Pakistan
connection and what he thinks must be done in both countries. A companion Document-Based
Question (DBQ) exercise asks students to consider and write about competing views
of the president's strategy.
RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, THEN & NOW (4/1/09)
student reading traces the orgins of the Voting Rights Act; a second discusses
the recent Supreme Court decision limiting the Act's scope when it comes to drawing
voter district lines.
BANKS FACE SURGING DEMAND
As millions of people
lose their jobs, food
banks are scrambling to meet the need.
A student reading is followed by some suggestions for how students might help.
TERRORISTS: The Bush Legacy & Obama's Response (3/18/09)
readings examine the Bush administration's detention of 'enemy combatants' and
how the new administration is handling the issue.
Should Taxpayers Bail Out an 'Irresponsible' Company? (3/11/09)
A student reading
focuses on the housing boom and bust, why AIG foundered and why taxpayers are
propping it up. Discussion questions and a suggested fish bowl discussion follow.
PENTAGON: A Budgetary 'Train Wreck'? (3/4/09)
Student readings offer an overview of the defense budget and the Pentagon; explore
the issues surrounding production of the F22; and discuss the military-industrial-congressional
complex. Discussion questions follow. The accompanying DBQ
exercise is described below.
PENTAGON SPENDING. (3/4/09)
Document-Based Question exercise, students consider and write an essay about competing
views on defense spending.
Schell: A TANGLE OF CRISES
A summary of Schell's essay describing
the interconnected crises we face and their commonalities is followed by suggestions
for discussion, inquiry, critical thinking and writing.
CRISIS & THE PLAN FOR RECOVERY
Student readings and discussion questions address the the origins and impact of
the economic crisis and President Obama's recovery plan.
ACTION ON THE ECONOMIC CRISIS (2/10/09)
How can teachers help their students understand and take action
on problems stemming from the economic crisis? We propose a process for encouraging
active student citizenship.
IN POLITICS: Earmarks & Revolving Doors (2/4/09)
Student readings explore such practices as gift-giving, earmarks,
and a revolving door that swings among people in government, the military and
private industry. Discussion questions and possibilities for inquiry and active
OBAMA & AMERICA'S 3 CRISES
Obama's inauguration address offered a continuing teachable moment for examining
key issues facing the nation. A student reading including speech excerpts is followed
by questions for discussion and inquiry.
OBAMA'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS: An Effective Speech? (1/20/09)
In this classroom lesson, students consider President Obama's inaugural address
as a speech and in the context of past inaugural addresses.
ON THE INAUGURATION for grades K-12
(posted 1/13/09) Our
15-page PDF booklet includes student readings and interactive lessons about the
inauguration, Obama's inaugural speech, the challenges facing the new administration,
and the inaugurals of presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt.|
A student dialogue and two readings examine the declining readership