Practices for Integrating Argumentative Writing into History and Literature Classes
Educators for Social Change(4SC) equips teachers with resources to develop their students’ capacity to become effective civic leaders who write persuasively, speak passionately, and participate actively in the creation and dissemination of ideas. Education 4SC’s resources include guides for incorporating topical issues—such as race, gender identity, and police brutality—into lessons. The organization also shares compilations on current debates in classroom practices (for example, safe spaces, trigger warnings, and detention).
In addition, Academy 4SC offers videos on various civics concepts from across the disciplines, from psychology and philosophy to economics and history. Plus, classroom projects help teachers integrate argumentative writing and critical thinking into various subjects. For example, Historians 4SC invites students to write articles as they imagine themselves in formative historical moments, and Readers 4SC encourages students to write articles as they imagine themselves in famous works of literature. Leaders 4SC presents simulations for various problem-solving and leadership challenges for role-playing. Students may even have their writing published on Education 4SC’s website. They will also have a chance to win a pizza party for the whole class.
The National Constitution Center (NCC) recently released Constitution 101, a 15-week curriculum for high school students, and a standalone self-guidedcourse for learners of all ages, exploring the basic principles of American freedom and the core constitutional texts of American history, from the founding to today.
The Bill of Rights Institute and Hoover Institution at Stanford University have launched a new curriculum that will help educators and students explore the intersection of economics and civic life in the United States. The Building Blocks of Progress is a full multimedia, blended learning experience consisting of 13 videos and six lesson plans.
The Supreme Court Historical Society was founded in 1974 to improve public understanding of the Court, the Constitution, and the Judiciary. In January 2022, the Supreme Court Historical Society launched a new lecture series focused on Civics and American Democracy.