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Susie and Tyler connect the Constitution, government, and principles of democracy to a recent news event. Insightful prompts, connections to standards and more keep teachers returning to this resource – check out our archive.
Here are some of the reasons teachers have come to rely on them week after week:
- Reliable source for appropriate current events to use in class. Ever suffer through student-selected stories of little Fluffy or, worse, the rapist next door? Suffer no longer; appropriateness is no longer a worry.
- Balanced reporting with a story that has been vetted. Leaving the selecting to Susie and Tyler assures that you will get a story that looks at multiple views or offers additional sources to learn more.
- Interesting stories with Constitutional connections. Being interesting or entertaining is not enough. That is why Susie and Tyler include connections to the Constitution and other government and civics principles so that you get the most of precious instructional time.
- Regular, weekly appearance. Since you can rely upon teacher-vetted current events landing in your inbox every week, you are freed to do other things. Consider it CLP’s gift of time for you.
- Connections to the Constitution, state standards, and the Common Core. Check, check, and check. All three every week. You can depend on it.
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Susie & Tyler’s Current Event: February 21, 2017
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- “Employees Across U.S. Fired After Joining Day Without Immigrants Protest” (2/19) (NBC News)
- “Hundreds of Events Planned Nationwide for Friday’s ‘General Strike’” (2/16) (NBC News)
- “Bomb blast kills 14 at protest in Pakistan, leaves dozens hurt” (2/13) (CNN)
- “Trump suggests Berkeley could lose federal funds over violent protests at university” (2/2) (PBS)
- “Bills Across the Country Could Increase Penalties For Protestors” (1/31) (NPR)
Questions to Consider
- What is a protest? What forms can protest take?
- What is the difference between a protest and a riot?
- Is it possible to prevent rioters with violent intentions from destroying a peaceful protest?
- What role do police officers play in a protest?
- What protests influenced American history? Which protest was most significant? Why?
- How is the right to protest protected in the US Constitution?
- Is protest enough to change policy decisions? Does protest have to cause inconvenience to work? Does protest need specific action items? Does protest need leaders?
- How do you know if your protest is changing the opinions of others?
- Is protest a democratic duty? Is protest a democratic obligation?
- Is protest governed by certain rules? Is blocking public roads an acceptable part of a protest? Is interfering with business an acceptable part of protest? Are financial penalties for protest a denial of the right to protest? Is protest “messy”?
- Is there a collision between free speech and protest?
- What actions by universities promote free speech?
- What actions by universities protect students from harm?
- Are there “quiet” ways to protest?
- What protests are occurring outside the USA?
- What issues are sparking national protests in the United States? Is this a learning opportunity? Is this an action opportunity? Can there be too many protests?
- Do protests influence lawmakers? What other ways are there to share your opinions with Congress?
- Should our democracy have the power to prohibit unauthorized public demonstrations? http://www.did.deliberating.org/lessons/documents/DID%20PublicDemonstrations_2011.pdf
- What do you think were the most effective strategies used during the civil rights movement? Why?
- During the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King stressed the involvement of many groups and reached out to people of all colors in the struggle for equality. The black power movement focused on organizing blacks, sometimes to the exclusion of other groups. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach? Which do you think is more effective? Why?http://www.crf-usa.org/black-history-month/social-protests
Pre-teaching, Extensions & Further Reading
- “What’s in a Protest Song?” (2/14) (The Atlantic)
- “Marchers Exercise Their First Amendment Rights” (1/23) (Newseum)
- “Top 10 American Protest Movements” (10/12/11) (Time)
- “5 Powerful Examples of Positive Protest” (Think Positive)
- “Hear a 4 Hour Playlist of Great Protest Songs: Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, Public Enemy, Bill Bragg & More” (Open Culture)
- “Public Demonstrations – Lesson Plan” (Deliberating in a Democracy)
- “A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Lesson Plan: Examining the Role of Protest in a Democracy” (POV)
What’s the Connection?
- “Why You Should Care About Protest Waiting Periods” (1/30) (The Fire)
- “ACLU of Oregon Warms Portland Mayor, Police Chief: Protestors Could Sue You” (11/22) (Willamette Week)
Black History Month
- “Social Protests” (Constitutional Rights Foundation)
- “Oregon is epicenter as Trump protests surge across the nation” (11/11) (The Times of Israel)
- “North Bend School District bans Confederate flag after student fight” (2/7) (The World)
Oregon State Social Science Standards
8.26. Examine a controversial event, issue, or problem from more than one perspective.
HS.33. Explain the role of government in various current events.
HS.35. Examine the pluralistic realities of society (e.g., race, poverty, gender, and age), recognizing issues of equity, and evaluating need for change.
HS.59. Demonstrate the skills and dispositions needed to be a critical consumer of information.
HS.60. Analyze an event, issue, problem, or phenomenon from varied or opposing perspectives or points of view.
CCSS Anchor Standards
- Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
- Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
- Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
- Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
We the People Lesson Connections
Middle School, Level 2
- Unit 5, Lesson 23: How does the Constitution protect freedom of expression?
- Unit 6, Lesson 29: What are the rights and responsibilities of citizenship?
High School, Level 3
- Unit 5, Lesson 29: How does the First Amendment protect free expression?
- Unit 5, Lesson 30: How does the First Amendment protect freedom to assemble, petition and associate?
- Unit 6, Lesson 34: What is the importance of civic engagement to American constitutional democracy?
- Unit 6, Lesson 35: How have civil rights movements resulted in fundamental political and social change in the United States?
Current Events Archive
Current events from previous years are organized by category. Click on the hyperlinked current event titles below to download the document. Since the following documents are less current than they were upon release, some of the website links may not work. You can often find archived articles by searching the referenced website for the article title.
Executive Order 2/14/2017
Sanctuary Cities 2/7/2017
President’s Cabinet 1/31/2017
U.S.-Russia Relations 1/24/2017
Inauguration 2017 1/17/2017
Fake News 1/10/2017
Nobel Peace Prize 1/3/2017
Word of the Year 12/13/2016
Suing Saudi Arabia 12/6/2016
Gwen Ifill 11/29/2016
Presidential Transition 11/15/2016
Election Day 11/8/2016
Electing the President 11/1/2016
Bundy Trial 11/1/2016
Oregon Ballot Measures 10/25/2016
National Museum of African American History and Culture 10/04/2016
Colin Kaepernick 9/27/2016
Presidential Debates 9/20/2016
Constitution Day, September 17 9/13/2016
Pokemon Go 9/6/2016