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Building a Just and Sustainable World September 2008
Welcome back to school! It’s that time for freshly sharpened pencils, new faces, and … elections.
Debates are an invigorating election fixture. Use the media buzz to spark your students' interest in the issues and candidates that affect their future. I am excited to share Debate Watching Tools from the venerable, nonpartisan League of Women Voters. These tools will teach your students to look beyond the candidates’ appearance and instead focus on their stands on the issues.
Then move from the debates to an agenda shaped by everyday Americans, not party lines, in Purple America, the current issue of YES!
I encourage you to use this newsletter’s lesson plans and resources to capture your students' attention and get them involved in the election. Now is the time.
26-year-old Heather Box describes her journey through politics where she learned the importance of fighting for her beliefs. Read about her involvement with The League of Young Voters and her message to educators and young people across the nation.
Here is her story.
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Debates (the first is on Sept. 26) are one of many ways we can educate ourselves about candidates and what they stand for. The League of Women Voters’ Debate Watching Tools include Debate Watching 101, How to Judge a Candidate, and a candidate scorecard.
Watching a debate is more exciting as a group. So, gather your students and be part of history!
Use this election season to hone your students' skills in media literacy, deciphering political cartoons, and evaluating candidate voting records.
A comprehensive curriculum for elementary and secondary students called Access, Analyze, Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement. Lesson plans on interpreting media messages and creating political videos and blogs will surely pique their interest.
Take a video tour of New York City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Williamsport, Los Angeles, and Little Rock, then use Purple America’s discussion guide to engage in a frank and thoughtful dialogue with your students about values we share (or not) as Americans.
As students form opinions about social and political issues, it’s important that they also develop their media literacy. In ReadWriteThink’s lesson plans, high school students learn to evaluate political cartoons for their meaning, message, and persuasiveness.
A database of accurate and relevant information about “those who govern us and those who wish to replace those who do.” Voting records, campaign contributions, and positions on issues help your students assess state and federal candidates. Lesson plans included.
Eliza Gilkyson inspires her audience with hope through lyrics from her song The Great Correction. Read and listen to the song with your students, then take a moment to share stories of the difference we can make in this world.
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