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Cocoa's Impact on Land and Children

Whether bitter for baking chocolate or sweet for bars and candies, cocoa is part of our lives. A darker side of chocolate lies in flavanols, deforestation and child laborers. Business, economics, personal finance, botany and environment concerns, and the rights of children are all involved in these issues.

NIE Curriculum Guides

Using something black to darken his face, Thomas Dartmouth Rice danced like a buffoon and spoke with an exaggerated imitation of black slave vernacular to entertain his audiences. His stage name — “Jim Crow.” Almost 200 years later, a photograph of a white man in blackface and another in a KKK robe was discovered on Virginia Governor Northam’s medical school yearbook page. Soon photographs in other yearbooks and officials’ disclosure revealed the extent of blackface use. The 1830s and 2019 are of one thread. And unravel further back 400 years to Point Comfort, Virginia.

Brain damage, a new competitive sport, advocacy advertisements, elder boom and young worker shortage, current global and national issues, our relationship with words and kids and an appreciation of Toni Morrison are covered in this month’s guide with suggested activities for using the Post reprints.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of the initiation of official impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump began a rare and historic constitutional process. The U.S. Constitution steps to impeachment, the reasons for this decision, and its historic context are covered in this guide. Ukraine and the Whistleblower Protection Act are also introduced.

While a community’s involvement in sports teams and athletes may increase with a winning team, media covers the lows as well as the highs, the full range of sports and individuals across all seasons. Student media producers and users can improve through a study of professional models of sports writing and photography.

Campaign 2016

Campaign 2016 provides avenues for diverse study. At the foundation are candidates’ speeches, actions and policies, and party platforms. Understanding polls and their influence, analyzing political cartoons and political ads and using social media form another strand of study. Considering bellwether Indiana towns and a Virginia town that lacks enough candidates to run for office, defining issues and using original documents offer more challenges for students.