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Gun Control — Advocates and Activists

Within the marketplace of ideas, students’ voices emerged asking for gun reform after 17 students and faculty were killed in Parkland, Fla. They joined the many parents and survivors shouting, “Enough! No more.” This guide provides data, the stories of individuals who were killed or injured by guns, commentary and points of view about gun reform. Student activities include creating info graphics, researching school weapons policies and use of First Amendment guarantees to address the Second Amendment.

NIE Curriculum Guides

The fundamental rights to dissent, protest and petition the government for a redress of grievances are covered in the suggested activities, lessons and reprinted articles, commentary and editorial cartoons found in this guide.

Exploration of journalistic basics begins with the traditional news lede and expands to the variety of delayed ledes used to convey information, capture reader interest and enhance comprehension. The focus of feature pieces is analyzed in “The Homecoming.” Discussion of journalistic values and the freedoms of speech and press are based in recent actions.

How and why did the U.S. acquire islands in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea? What lead to some becoming U.S. states and territories, while others remained American possessions with residents having different degrees of U.S. rights and representation? Economic, military, cultural identity and questions of sovereignty and human rights enter the discussion.

Vietnam, Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers, and a Supreme Court decision. When 1971 began, Washington Post owner and publisher Katharine Graham was a widow and mother of four who was finding her way in the world of men. It was her decision to publish the Pentagon Papers after the Nixon administration had filed an injunction to stop The New York Times from continuing publication. In Steve Spielberg’s The Post she and the newspaper gain their voice and the First Amendment is affirmed. This guide provides resources to introduce and discuss the era and the movie.

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.