The next 30 days will be busy ones for civics and social studies teachers. With their needs in mind, SAS Curriculum Pathways offers an array of resources to help students understand the process, the issues, and the outcome of a presidential election year. Here's an overview.
Understanding the Process
Analyzing Arguments: Clear Thinking
The rhetoric of the political season can be difficult for students to understand and evaluate. This series of four video tutorials helps students reason carefully, recognize faulty logic, and construct written and spoken arguments.
Referendum, Recall, and Initiative
In this interactive resource, students explore the origins and the practice of direct democracy at the state level to answer this question: Is direct democracy good for state government? They'll take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
Voting Rock: Getting Out the Vote
In this lesson, students gather information on voter registration and the voting process. Then they create a public-service commercial encouraging citizens to register and vote.
Margin of Error: Polls and Public Opinion
Students analyze a current issue and critique the validity of a public-opinion poll.
Understanding the Issues
Income Taxes and Fairness
After exploring the history of income taxes in the U.S. and the distinction between progressive, regressive, and flat taxes, students consider this question: Are progressive income taxes fair? Students then take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
The Minimum Wage
After considering the history of minimum-wage legislation, students answer this question: Do the benefits of raising the minimum wage outweigh the drawbacks? Students then take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
The War Powers Act
After examining the constitutional basis of the nation's power to make war and the history of U.S. military engagements, students answer this question: Does the president need the approval of Congress to go to war? Students then take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
Understanding the Outcome
The Electoral College
Students explore the constitutional foundation of the Electoral College and disputed presidential elections in United States history to answer this question: Is the Electoral College a fair method of selecting a president? They'll take a position and defend it with evidence from primary source documents.
These are just a few of the civics resources available from SAS Curriculum Pathways. Explore the full list today!