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Hearing Mental Health Issues

Star athletes and students in our classrooms experience the connection between physical health and mental health within the context of high performance expectations; transgender rights of students to use the bathroom of their gender identity and to participate in sports teams; and quandaries about learning, isolation from friends and covid-19 restrictions.

NIE Curriculum Guides

“Rhetoric,” “misinformation,” “disinformation” and a flood of words related to the pandemic, campaigns and social media dominate the press and conversations. Lexicographers choose “lockdown” as their 2020 word of the year because of its “unifying experience for billions of people across the world.” Planet Word opens, Tom Toles retires, and The Post makes a Black and White decision. We focus on language — composed of words new and archaic. Words changing denotations and connotations, adjectives coloring the characters and scenes writers paint, words sharing roots and expressing unique cultures. Always reflecting character.

North Africa — ten years after the Arab Spring began in Tunisia — faces economic, social and political uncertainty. The region’s history, geography and culture are the backdrop for new relations and contemporary strivings for a voice, fair government and economic stability. Students are introduced to the five countries through maps, photographs, videos, news and commentary.

The 2020 Census was the 24th census conducted since the first one held in 1790. Through its count of all people residing in the United States, a census influences apportionment of the House of Representatives, taxation, allocation of federal funding and public policy. Changes in questions asked reflect the nation’s focus and culture. Activities take students into reading maps, charts, data and creating their own survey or census.

Three stories of summer 2021 — creation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, commemoration of Tulsa’s 1921 race massacre and a cheerleader’s Snapchat Supreme Court case — provide case studies of race relations, a nation’s values and rights of students outside of the school campus.

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.