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Know Your Vote, Know the Issues – Lesson Plan

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Every election year and for years after elections, there are several major issues that persistently trouble Americans. Every election year, politicians pledge that they will address these issues, and nearly every year they fall short of many peoples’ expectations. In this lesson, we examine problems surrounding health care costs, funding higher education and preserving social security. Then, students look at how the current presidential candidates are proposing to address these issues, and formulate a short media presentation. Continue reading

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on "Threats to the Homeland", on Capitol Hill in Washington November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTX15DDZ

FBI investigates new set of Clinton-related emails

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DOWNLOAD VIDEO Essential question How important do you think the last week of campaigning is in a presidential election? The Federal Bureau of Investigation told…read more

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Decode the Electoral College and predict the next president – Lesson Plan

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Let your students predict the next president with the Electoral Decoder, an interactive cartogram. Students will look at how the Electoral College has affected presidential…read more

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Political Parties: Two is Company, Three’s a Crowd – Lesson Plan

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How have third parties changed the outcomes of U.S. presidential elections? The Founders did not intend to create a two-party system. In this lesson, students watch the We The Voters film “American Party Animals” to better understand the two-party system, and then break into groups to study three U.S. elections with major third party candidates. Continue reading

Buddhism

This nine-year-old boy is destined to become a spiritual leader

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Jalue Dorje is not your everyday nine-year-old Minnesota boy. While Dorje enjoys soccer, swimming and Pokemon, he is believed to be the reincarnation of an eminent Buddhist spiritual leader who died nine years ago. Continue reading

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