The ABOTA Foundation believes that teachers are the primary guardians of democracy. Through their knowledge and skill they teach the next generation about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Recognizing the integral role that teachers play in the defense of liberty, the ABOTA Foundation has created resources and opportunities for teachers and students to grow in their knowledge of the Constitution, the judicial system and civic engagement.
The objective of this lesson is to promote understanding about what it means to be “news literate” and how learning to analyze media reports about current events can foster civic engagement. The concept for this new resource stemmed from teacher feedback from TLS programs about the challenges they face in fostering civic engagement among their students. This is critical in a time when questionable media coverage negatively influences students’ understanding of civics concepts. This lesson plan provides teachers with a framework to build civic engagement while developing media literacy skills.
Visit the Justice By the People page on Scholastic to download the full lesson plan!
(Grades 9-12, includes videos and teaching guides)
Trial by Jury
Separation of Powers
Federal and State Courts
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