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Politics & Government

POV has featured many films about the inner workings of the U.S. government both inside and outside the Beltway. Stories about campaigns on the national and local stage highlight what is right — and wrong — with America's imperfect democracy in action. These films convey the excitement of candidates winning the offices they seek, and the humiliation they feel in defeat.

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FBI Informant Quiz

FBI Informant Quiz

Better This World examines some of the controversial issues surrounding the FBI's use of informants in grassroots political organizations. How much do you know about the FBI's vast network of spies? Take our quiz and find out.

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The Overnighters: Lesson Plan

Providing students with the skills to evaluate and analyze political speech is a natural way to merge the goals of civics education with CCSS ELA and NCSS C3 standards.

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Out in the Night: Lesson Plan

This lesson uses media analysis, group discussion and persuasive writing to help students make sense of the legal reality.

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The Act of Killing: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will consider Arendt's concept of "the banality of evil" in the case of the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66.

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Koch: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students examine the qualities of a politician to determine which characteristics the most effective political leaders possess.

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After Tiller: How States Restrict Abortion

FiveThirtyEight Data Labs maps seven restrictions on abortion access in the United States as of May 2014....

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Big Men: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening, discussion and research skills as they compare and contrast global economic models of oil exchange and examine the impacts of these models on local communities.

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15 to Life: Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening, discussion, and research skills as they examine policies around juvenile sentencing in the United States.

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