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THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY

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The People's Right to Know  pdf_document 
In this lesson, students explore various Supreme Court rulings on the public's right to know information about the government's actions (aka the right to know). They will learn about the key concept of prior restraint in discussing freedom of the press. First, students read and discuss an article on the right to know. Then in small groups, students hold a moot court on The Progressive case, in which the government sought to stop a magazine from publishing an article on the hydrogen bomb.

Conspiracy Theories Past and Present pdf_document  Download Presentation powerpoint_document
In this lesson, students learn how to identify conspiracy theories and to distinguish them from other questions about history or current events. First, students discuss a hypothetical conspiracy theory. Next, students complete a thorough reading about historical and contemporary conspiracy theories as well as ways to identify frequently used logical fallacies by conspiracy theorists. Finally, students role-play federal investigators determining if a set of facts amounts to a conspiracy theory.

Blurring the Lines Between Fact and Fiction (HS) Should laws be passed that protect the dead from having lies told about them in books and movies?  

 


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