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Topic-Agnostic

A Letter to...

30 MIN

This activity should be given at the end of the voting module, after students have formed their own opinions regarding the subject. The activity will require students to look for any legislation related to the voting module and write a letter to a government representative. The letter could either encourage or discourage the representative to support a specific bill. This independent task could show students how they can get involved in their governments.

Topic-Agnostic

Civil Response Activity

30 MIN

The Civil Response Activity is used to stimulate healthy conversational skills and teach students how to think before they speak, minimizing emotional and impulsive responses. It will be broken up into two parts: an individually-completed worksheet and a partnered activity. The worksheet allows students to have the opportunity to think critically and prepare responses to a variety of opinions they may encounter in the real world. The second activity is a partnered comparison activity that gives students to correct, respond, or concur with each other.

Topic-Agnostic

Frierian Fishbowl Activity

15 MIN

The Frierian Fishbowl classroom activity is a pre-discussion activity to gauge student preparedness for the gun control discussion. Students will be able to anonymously voice concerns about challenging discussions and practice using mediation skills in real-time.

Topic-Agnostic

Listening Training

15 MIN

It is challenging to fully set our thoughts aside and truly listen to others.  We might be either planning or worrying about our response. These things are okay, but we can always improve.

Topic-Agnostic

Opening Discussion Activity

45 MIN

This activity serves as an opener for all modules. The teacher must introduce the module briefly and in small groups students could go around and express their personal stance on the topic using emotional reasoning. Then, students could be given time to find evidence that backs their beliefs and the group can reconvene and discuss the facts that support their ideas. This is a good activity to expose students to the different sides of political beliefs and help them understand how to construct a good argumentative statement.

Topic-Agnostic

Telephone Game

15 MIN

This activity will require students to sit in a circle together and pass around a factual statement regarding something they learned from the gun module. Teachers should create the statement themselves and ensure that it includes an integral fact to understanding the gun module (court cases, laws, etc.)

Immigration at the Southern Border

Case Study Activity

15 MIN

Students will read testimony from a father whose son was separated from him at the Southern Border in accordance with Flores v. Lynch.  Students will then discuss a set of questions designed to understand perspectives on the situation.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
HEAVY / 4
Immigration at the Southern Border

Introduction Activity

10 MIN

In this activity, students will be asked to find information from each section of the Civil Topic Guide and answer a series of short questions.  Each question corresponds to a section from the Topic Guide on our Civil website.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
LIGHT / 2
Immigration at the Southern Border

Media Fluency Activity

30 MIN

Blindly consuming biased media sources has the potential to distort your view of the topic. Why is a distorted view bad? Continuing to be fed one side of the story will limit your exposure to opposing viewpoints and facts that may help you determine your position.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
VERY HEAVY / 5
Immigration at the Southern Border

Simulation Activity

MULTI-DAY

The simulation activity gives students the opportunity to step into the lives of politicians and activists. See how your class deals with a realistic simulated experience and help your students relate to the viewpoints of others.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
HEAVY / 4
Immigration at the Southern Border

Source Analysis Activity

1 HR

The purpose of this activity is to examine differences in how two organizations present data related to In Absentia (failure to appear in court) rates between Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and Asylum seekers. After this activity, your students should have a better understanding of how disparate conclusions can be drawn from the same data set. Why is this important? When reading news articles, academic studies, or watching videos about important political issues, digging deeper into data is necessary because one report may misconstrue what’s actually happening.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
MODERATE / 3
Gun Control

Court Conflict Activity

45 MIN

The Court Conflict Activity gives students the opportunity to discuss a real case and the consequences of those decisions.  Students will all read the case facts.  Then, instructors will break students into three groups: Judge, Respondent, and Petitioner.  Students will elect representatives to argue their case and the judges will come to a verdict on how to proceed.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
MODERATE / 3
Gun Control

Introduction Activity

10 MIN

In this activity, students will be asked to find information from each section of the Civil Topic Brief and answer a series of short questions.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
LIGHT / 2
Gun Control

Policy Discussion Activity

30 MIN

The Policy Discussion Activity allows students to discuss a bill or policy that was proposed or enacted.  Students will all read the excerpt from H.R. 4296.  Then, students will break up into groups and work through the discussion questions together.  Before reading the section from H.R. 4296, the instructor should ask the class what the definition of an assault weapon is to provide a baseline for future discussion.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
MODERATE / 3
Gun Control

Self-Analysis Activity

15 MIN - 30 MIN

The Self Analysis activity teaches students to inwardly reflect on their own policy positions and see arguments from the other side.  Students must read the left and right narratives in the Civil Gun Control Topic Brief.  Students should highlight/annotate which parts of both sections they most agree with.  Finally, teachers will lead a class discussion on what students have learned.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
LIGHT / 2
Gun Control

Source Analysis Activity

30 MIN

This activity analyzes data from Statista and Gun Violence Archive on mass shootings.  Students will find the sources of how these two organizations come to present their information.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
VERY HEAVY / 5
Voting

Introduction Activity

30 MIN

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 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
VERY LIGHT / 1
Voting

Case Study Activity

20 MIN

Students will read an excerpt about the Greater Idaho movement.  Students will then discuss a set of questions designed to understand perspectives on the situation.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
LIGHT / 2
Voting

Google Game

30 MIN

In this short game, students will be given a set of increasingly difficult information they must find on the web.  Each section has a set time limit, and correct answers will be listed on the final slide for instructors to show after the activity.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
MODERATE / 3
Voting

Government Levels Activity

15 MIN

In this activity, students will be given a list of policy ideas and place each idea in one of three categories: Federal, State, and Local.  Students must decide whether each policy should be implemented or enforced by the federal government, state governments, or local towns and cities.  Students will then discuss why they chose to put specific policies under those categories.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
LIGHT / 2
Voting

Introduction Activity

10 MIN

In this activity, students will be asked to find information from each section of the Civil Topic Guide and answer a series of short questions.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
VERY LIGHT / 1
Voting

Simulation Activity

30 MIN

In this activity, students will choose a preferred candidate and cast their votes accordingly. The votes will go through four different voting systems, where students will get a chance to learn about how each system works.

 ACTIVITY WEIGHT
LIGHT / 2