It can be argued that abortion is an issue where Americans are the most polarized. Learn the varying perspectives in Civil's Abortion Current Event.
While all mass shootings carry significant consequences concerning policymaking, a certain handful of tragedies have created significant political and social responses.
In 2021, The Wall Street Journal polled economists on the potential threats to economic recovery from the Covid-19 recession. Around half of respondents cited supply-chain bottlenecks as the biggest threat to economic growth in the next 12 to 18 months, while nearly one-fifth pointed to labor shortages.
This section will help your class understand some foundational economic themes found throughout inflation discussions.
What happens when the world's single supplier of a product has trouble producing that product?
After the 2020 elections, lawmakers’ efforts to change state and federal voting laws has generated substantial controversy. This guide outlines the current Congress’ attempts to pass election reform bills.
Most social media platforms now use algorithms to display content. Some have argued that this practice is a valuable tool to combat misinformation, while right-leaning individuals argue it unfairly targets conservative content.
Sometimes social media platforms strip content creators of their ability to make money through the platform, known as demonetization. Recently, however, some have argued that the practice unfairly targets certain groups.
After the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, several social media platforms banned President Trump, alleging his rhetoric was inflammatory and could incite further violence.
In 1996, Congress amended the Communications Decency Act with a provision commonly known as Section 230. Today, the amendment is one of the most significant federal rules surrounding social media platforms.
With the growing power of big tech companies, some lawmakers have considered passing antitrust bills to limit the influence of these social media platforms.
The transportation sector accounts for nearly 29% of American greenhouse gas emissions. Because of this, it has become a central part of the climate change debate, with environmental advocates pushing for greener alternatives.
Pipelines have generated substantial controversy in the United States climate change debate, especially over the last few years. In particular, the Keystone and Line 5 Pipelines sparked protests from environmental activists and many on the Left.
Although it does not get much national attention in the climate change debate, food production accounts for over one-third of human carbon emissions. This guide evaluates food production’s environmental impact and other related political issues.
As urbanization increases and the American suburbs boom, many modern thinkers in the New Urbanist movement criticize urban sprawl as a disaster of American planning. Others see the suburb as the model of American life.
Natural disasters continue to strike the United States with increased frequency and destructiveness. Many attribute this to climate change and argue these events will happen even more often if we do not take steps to combat them.
While many on the Left argue that federal regulations are a vital tool in combatting climate change, those on the Right argue the federal government has no authority to impose these sweeping mandates.
Progressive Democratic lawmakers introduced the Green New Deal in 2019, sparking a wave of debate over its policies, cost, and overall impact. This guide analyzes some of the history and the arguments.
In the debate over U.S. immigration policy, people often overlook the question: “Why do immigrants come here in the first place?” This contemporary guide gives background and seeks to answer that question.
Perhaps no other constitutional amendment generates as much controversy as the Second. Much of this debate plays out in the judiciary, where judges’ interpretations can drastically change the Amendment’s meaning.
Following the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump claimed widespread voter fraud occurred across several swing states. He and his legal team filed lawsuits alleging such irregularities, and this contemporary guide evaluates some of those legal challenges.
In the aftermath of the 2020 elections, former President Trump alleged widespread voter fraud had cost him the presidency, claims that many disputed. This guide evaluates this debate.
Lobbying groups attempt to influence lawmakers on specific issues and play a significant role in American politics. How they influence legislators and what forms that influence takes is the subject of much debate.
Perhaps few criminal cases generated as much controversy in 2021 as the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The case was highly polarized and highlighted many stark differences between the Left and Right.
One of the most prominent issues in gun legislation is background checks. While some argue they go too far, others say they have not gone far enough.
Following the 2020 elections, state legislatures across the nation reformed their election laws. However, some of these changes have ignited controversy, as some activists argue they have restricted the right to vote.
Since its establishment, ICE has become an important aspect of federal immigration policy. However, in recent years, some have criticized the scope of the agency’s power as too broad.
A common argument from politicians for enacting stricter immigration legislation is that immigrants bring crime to the United States. However, some studies dispute that claim.
Constructing a border wall was one of President Trump’s signature campaign promises when he ran for president. This guide examines the barrier, its costs and impact, and the surrounding political climate.
Polling is a valuable tool to understand how the American people feel about a particular person or issue. In recent years though, many have criticized them for their inaccuracy.
The 2020 presidential election saw the highest turnout in over a century, with nearly 2/3 of eligible Americans casting a ballot despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Observers attribute this to various reasons, including changes to state election laws and intense activism.
Gerrymandering is when a redistricting party draws district lines to gain an advantage in elections. This tactic can significantly impact the political landscape, boosting a party and disenfranchising particular voters until the maps change.
Former President Trump announced his long-anticipated bid to retake the White House in 2024.
Russian missiles landed in Poland, sparking a frenzy of concern over an escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Take a look at some of the most notable ballot initiatives from the 2022 midterm elections.
The Supreme Court has ended a months-long legal battle over Senator Lindsey Graham’s testimony in a Georgia election probe.
Two weeks before the midterm elections, an intruder broke into Speaker Pelosi’s home and attacker her husband.
Elon Musk has finalized his purchase of Twitter, formally taking over the social media platform.
The first and only debate in Pennsylvania’s Senate race has drawn more attention to the tight contest.
Rishi Sunak is Britain’s newest Prime Minister, the third person to hold the role in seven weeks.
This November, five states are considering ballot measures to end the controversial practice of forced prison labor.
President Biden is expanding a controversial Trump-era immigration policy to deport more migrants.
The K-pop group BTS is headed back to South Korea to begin their mandatory military service.
Kanye West has been embroiled in controversy as his recent behavior has ignited debates over race and antisemitism.
A recent missile test by North Korea has sparked renewed fears over nuclear proliferation in the region.
President Biden took executive action on marijuana, a move advocates have called for throughout his term.
In its upcoming term, the Supreme Court is considering potential landmark cases on a wide range of topics.
A pair of injuries to the Dolphins’ quarterback has reignited debate over the NFL’s concussion protocols.
Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc across the Caribbean and the Southeast U.S., causing tens of billions of dollars in damage.
European officials have revealed leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines between Russia and Europe, with many authorities suspecting sabotage.
In the latest Italian elections, a right-wing coalition swept into power, drastically changing dynamics on the European continent.
Widespread protests have rocked Iran over the past week after a young woman died in the custody of the country’s “morality police.”
New York Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit against former President Trump, alleging wide-ranging financial fraud.
Various social media companies have banned controversial influence Andrew Tate from their sites over alleged hateful behavior.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ sent roughly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, the latest in a string of similar moves by Republican Governors.
Senator Graham’s decision to unveil a 15-week abortion ban created much controversy, reigniting debate over a fraught issue.
Guaranteed income programs have gained traction in recent years, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic.
A federal judge removed a New Mexico County Commissioner from office over his participation in the January 6 Capitol riot.
On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II — Britain's longest-reigning monarch — died after over 70 years on the throne.
A federal judge approved former President Trump’s request to appoint a special master to review materials seized from Mar-a-Lago.
President Biden and former President Trump gave speeches in Pennsylvania outlining starkly different visions for the country.
A failed treatment plant has left most of Jackson, Mississippi’s residents without access to clean, reliable water.
U.N. inspectors are headed to a nuclear plant in Russian-occupied Ukraine to avoid disaster.
Scientists at a California lab have revealed a breakthrough in their quest to harness the energy from nuclear fusion.
After a months-long pressure campaign, President Biden announced sweeping student loan forgiveness.
Deteriorating relations between the United States and China have left the island of Taiwan in the crossfire.
On August 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which includes a notable portion of his legislative agenda.
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Eric Greitens, a Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, aired an ad encouraging “RINO hunting,” prompting a political firestorm.
The committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots began holding its first televised hearings into the attack.
In response to surging inflation, the Federal Reserve has hiked its federal funds rate, with economists warning it risks a recession.
In response to a wave of mass shootings, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) signed a law allowing for armed teachers.
Following several recent mass shootings, a bipartisan group of senators has announced a tentative gun reform proposal.
During California’s primaries on June 7, San Francisco voters recalled progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
Citing a leaked Supreme Court abortion decision, a man plotted to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh, sparking an intense partisan blame game.
In response to a series of mass shootings, New York passed 10 gun control bills to combat gun violence in the state.
In the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, President Biden delivered a national address urging Congress to enact stricter gun laws.
The Supreme Court blocked a Texas law prohibiting large social media companies from censoring users based on their political views.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced a swath of gun reforms, including a ban on handgun sales, imports, and transfers.
While most Americans recognize Memorial Day, few remember its long history. Discover how the holiday came to be and how we celebrate.
Several arguments have emerged following the tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
On May 24, a gunman entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers.
During his first trip to Asia as President, Biden unveiled the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
While Congress has passed one bill to address the formula crisis, partisan gridlock has prevented them from passing more.
Five states held primaries for the upcoming midterm elections, with significant implications for both parties and the balance of power.
An Abbott recall and factory closure have combined with pandemic-era supply chain issues to create a baby formula shortage.
Historical context and various perspectives emerging from the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.
A racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, reignited bitter debates around gun violence and race in America.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Senate Republicans to block an abortion bill introduced after the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion.
A 9th Circuit Court panel overturned a California ban on selling semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21.
President Biden and 20 internet service provides agreed on a plan to essentially offer low-income communities free internet access.
States are dealing with the fallout from the leaked SCOTUS draft showing the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade.
On Tuesday, May 3, Ohio and Indiana held their primaries for the upcoming midterm elections.
Russian authorities arrested WNBA star Brittney Griner at a Moscow airport, prompting controversy around her detention.
The leaked Supreme Court draft showing a seemingly immenent threat to Roe v. Wade has thrown a wrench into a contentious Democratic primary.
A leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicates the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn its landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
This article covers the historical context and various perspectives of the modern abortion debate.
In a congressional hearing, DHS Secretary Mayorkas announced the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board.
A recent Supreme Court case about an assistant football coach praying after games could bring a sea change in school prayer litigation.
A judge found former President Trump in contempt for allegedly refusing to comply with a subpoena in a New York civil investigation.
Republicans revoked Disney’s special status that allowed the Walt Disney World to self-govern after it opposed a recent education law.
In its first-quarter report, Netflix announced a 200,000 subscriber loss, sending shockwaves through the streaming industry.
A U.S. District Court judge has overruled the Biden administration’s federal mask mandate for public transportation.
Elon Musk made a $43 billion bid to buy Twitter and make it a private-owned company.
Authorities have arrested a suspect in the NYC subway shooting. The incident has sparked a debate over gun control and identity politics.
The Department of Justice is finalizing a rule that would make it illegal to manufacture ghost guns without a serial number.
Last Wednesday, President Biden announced an extension of the payment pause on federal student loans.
On April 5, the Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill that makes performing an abortion a felony.
On April 7, the Senate voted 53-47 to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the International Panel on Climate Change released the final installment of its Sixth Assessment Report.
On Friday, the House passed the MORE Act, which would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level if it became law.
President Biden announced the release of one million barrels of oil daily for the next six months from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
A federal judge ruled against Trump-allied lawyer John Eastman on Monday and drew a lot of attention with his findings.
An update of some of the most significant events in the conflict in Ukraine from March 9-28.
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken officially declared Myanmar’s repression of its Rohingya minority genocide.
This past week, the Republican Governors of Indiana and Utah vetoed transgender sports bans from their respective state legislatures.
The Biden administration is considering allowing the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy to expire.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun its hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, Lia Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship.
Internal Meta emails sparked controversy after the company secretly moved to loosen its hate speech policy surrounding the Russian invasion.
The Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make daylight saving time permanent in the United States.
A killer arrested, surging Covid-19 in China, bird flu outbreaks, and Elon Musk’s challenge
After the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act to maintain a robust unofficial relationship with the island.
The Three Communiqués and Six Assurances have served as the primary basis for U.S. policy towards Taiwan for over 50 years.
The roots of the China-Taiwan dispute lie in the island’s lengthy history, from the Chinese Civil War to the modern day.
In the early 20th century, a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States led Congress to impose several restrictive immigration laws.
When YouTube updates its terms of service from political backlash, what are the downstream effects?
This history section will dive into the major social media platforms that have emerged throughout history and their significance to the political debate.
Gas prices and Covid-19-based inflation have driven many political talking points. Rampant inflation in the economy has historically led to political upheaval.
Inflation drove the decisions of the founders and U.S. policy moments throughout history. See how that history impacts modern discourse.
North America has an extensive interstate and transnational pipeline network that transports raw materials, such as natural gas and oil.
Congress has often used the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to justify regulating the activities of states and their citizens.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you. Paramount to that case was Gideon v. Wainwright, establishing the right to counsel.
Distortion refers to powerful voices having more sway in public discourse than average citizens. However, one man’s “distortion” is another man's reality.
In this landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment implicitly grants a right to an abortion.
In one of the most significant Second Amendment cases in decades, the Supreme Court took up McDonald v. Chicago to determine if the Amendment applied to states.
In its landmark 1993 decision in Shaw v. Reno, the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of racial gerrymandering.
In December 2018, amid a stalemate about border wall funding, Congress failed to enact a new budget, leading to the longest government shutdown in history.
Between 2009 and 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) ran a series of controversial sting operations over the southern border.
In 2002, President Bush signed the Enhanced Border Entry and Visa Entry Reform Act, increasing the United States’ ability to enforce immigration laws.
President Clinton signed the Flores Settlement Agreement in 1997 to reform legal procedures surrounding immigrant minors.
Concerns around immigration and a lack of job opportunities prompted Operation Wetback, which saw up to one million Mexican immigrants deported.
The Bracero Program matched seasonal agricultural workers from Mexico with approved American employers to fill labor shortages.
The polls’ relative inaccuracy in predicting the winner of the 2016 presidential election has fueled significant skepticism regarding political polling.
The 1936 election between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alf Landon presented the first instance of polling used to predict the election outcome.
Statistical Random Sampling is a method pollsters often use to evaluate the public’s perception of an issue or candidate.
In recent years, beginning with Vieth v. Jubelirer, the Supreme Court has ruled that it cannot address partisan gerrymandering.
The term “gerrymandering” emerged in 1812 after Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry approved a redistricting plan heavily favoring his party.
The Founding Fathers ratified the Second Amendment in 1791, ensuring citizens could protect themselves against a potentially tyrannical government.
Following the 2020 elections, Dominion Voting, a company helping run elections in 28 states, was the target of some fraud allegations, prompting legal actions.
The 2020 presidential election saw one of the highest voter turnouts in modern American history, with roughly 2/3 of eligible voters casting a ballot.
In 1993, President Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act, making voter registration more accessible and widespread.
Since the presidential election of 1960, numerous allegations of widespread voter fraud in Illinois and Texas have emerged about the contest.
In 2017, a gunman killed 26 people near a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, sparking a debate around guns and the efficacy of existing gun laws.
In 2012, a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, further fueling the national debate around gun control.
In 1999, two students killed 13 people and injured 20 others at Columbine High School. At that time, it was the deadliest school shooting in history.
In 1994, President Clinton signed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, also known as the Assault Weapons Ban.
In 2008, the Supreme Court significantly expanded its understanding of the Second Amendment in District of Columbia v. Heller.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is one of the most well-known lobbying groups in politics, contributing millions each year to influence gun policy.
Following the shooting of Jacob Blake, Kenosha erupted into unrest, with daylight peaceful protests turning violent at night.
In August 2020, a police officer shot Jacob Blake while responding to a reported domestic abuse incident, sparking unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In 1993, President Clinton singed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the most significant federal gun law reform in decades.
Following several high-profile assassinations, Congress enacted the Gun Control Act of 1968. However, it later rolled back some of these restrictions in 1986.
The Federal Firearms Act (FFA) created a federal licensing system for the manufacture, import, and sale of firearms.
In response to rampant gun violence throughout the Prohibition era, Congress passed the National Firearms Act, imposing stricter gun regulations.
In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security expanded to include Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a powerful federal agency.
Following the 9/11 attacks, with a heightened focus on protecting Americans from terrorism, President Bush signed the Homeland Security Act in 2002.
In June 2017, the Republican-controlled House passed two immigration laws with President Trump’s support: Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.
As one of his first acts in office, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, barring entry and visas from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
In 1965, President Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act, overhauling decades of restrictive immigration laws.
Over the past several decades, the New Urbanism movement — dedicated to reducing urban sprawl — has grown in popularity.
Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Company (1926) was a landmark Supreme Court case that greatly expanded localities’ powers regarding zoning.
After WWII, the United States entered a “Golden Age,” as the economy grew substantially and Americans experienced unprecedented prosperity.
Many lawmakers and climate activists have urged governments to enact cap-and-trade policies, limiting industries’ greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2009, the House passed an ambitious Obama-backed bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the bill ultimately failed to gain traction in the Senate.
In a 2007 opinion piece calling on the United States to enact sweeping climate legislation, Thomas Friedman was the first to call for a “Green New Deal.”
In 2012, President Obama enacted DACA to prevent law enforcement from deporting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors.
In 1986, President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, a bipartisan agreement to address illegal immigration.
As one of its earliest acts, Congress enacted the Naturalization Act of 1790, determining who could receive U.S. citizenship.
In 2014, President Obama enacted the Priority Enforcement Program to focus ICE’s efforts on undocumented immigrants that posed a threat to public safety.
The Secure Communities Program expanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to detain suspected undocumented immigrants.
In 1986, President Reagan signed the Firearm Owners Protection Act, loosening federal gun regulations.
Patreon, founded in 2013, allows content creators to establish and manage paid subscriptions. The platform has become controversial among some on the Right.
YouTube, launched in 2005, has grown to become one of the largest social media platforms in the world.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the key provision governing the liability of online service providers in the United States.
In 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a comprehensive report on climate change, calling it a “code red for humanity.”
The Paris Accords, sometimes called the Paris Agreement, is an international treaty on climate change.
This 2007 case laid the groundwork for future lawsuits forcing the EPA to enact stronger regulations.
In 1970, President Nixon signed the Clean Air Act, significantly expanding the federal government’s role in combating air pollution.
Amtrak is a government subsidized passenger railroad service and one of the largest public transportation systems in the United States.
The Natural Gas Policy Act broadened federal oversight of natural gas production, attempting to ensure a stable market.
In 2018, President Trump signed the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act, generating praise and backlash from both sides of the aisle.
Farm subsidies are payments and other forms of support extended by the U.S. federal government to certain farmers and agribusinesses.
In the modern political debate, perhaps no tax provision has generated as much controversy as the estate tax.
In recent years, the Senate has carved out exceptions to its filibuster rule, including for presidential appointments requiring Senate confirmation.
Brnovich v. DNC is one of the Supreme Court’s most significant — and divisive — voting rights cases in recent years.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. This legislation sought to protect millions of minority Americans from discrimination.
In the modern political debate, the Senate filibuster rule has come under intense national scrutiny. But how did it gain so much prominence?
Baker v. Carr is one of the most significant Supreme Court cases on redistricting, leading to a new era of legal challenges to legislative maps.
Students wore black armbands to demonstrate their support for the peaceful resolution in Vietnam. Can speech be curbed for the health of a school community?
It wasn’t until the landmark case, Marbury v. Madison, that the Supreme Court gained the authority to judge the constitutionality of laws.
Check out a brief summary of early voting rights in the United States and the amendments to our founding documents.
Students will play Telephone but with a twist! The prompts are loosely linked to real stories as a closer look explains the telephone effect of writing headlines.
This exercise is perfect for before, during, or after a group discussion. Definitely take a moment to use this if you feel yourself getting distracted or heated, or even overwhelmed.
Students will learn to judge sources using the CRAAP test of detecting media bias.
In this activity, students will examine a proposal and play out the roles of stakeholders advocating for their positions.
Students will attempt to defend seemingly random topics - demonstrating the importance to retain a lawyer.
Students will role-play the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.
Have students act out the famous case Tinker v. Des Moines with slightly altered history to make the case seem like a new Supreme Court challenge.
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.
In this activity, students will simulate an ideal market and discover the effects of demand-pull, cost-push, and government inflation.
In this activity, students will see statistics from Politico and Quillette. They will then learn how these sources independently analyze statistics to frame different narratives.
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, students will be broken into three groups: Judge, Plaintiff, and Defendant. Students will elect representatives to argue their case, and the judges will come to a verdict on how to proceed.
The Policy Discussion Activity gives students the opportunity to discuss a bill or policy that was proposed or enacted. Students will all read the excerpt. Then, students will break up into groups and work through the discussion questions together. If applicable, instructors can choose to show any supporting material provided with this activity.
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 Social Media Topic Guide. 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.
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, students will be broken into three groups: Judge, Plaintiff, and Defendant. Students will elect representatives to argue their case and the judges will come to a verdict on how to proceed.
In this short game, students will be given a set of increasingly difficult information they must find on the web. Each section will be timed and correct answers will be listed on the final slide for instructors to show at the completion of the activity.
In this activity, students will be given a list of policy ideas and be asked to place them in one of three categories: Federal, State, and Local. Students must decide for each policy whether it 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 certain policies under those categories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This activity analyzes data from Human Rights First and the Center for Immigration Studies on immigration statistics. Students will find the sources of how these two organizations come to present their information.
The instructor will distribute role sheets to the student groups. Students can communicate with each other to plan out their roles and what they will debate. Only one student of each role will speak.
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.
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.
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.