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To Impeach Or Not To Impeach

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.

NIE Curriculum Guides

Today’s career paths range from traditional to the gig economy. As a rise in minimum federal wage to $15 is being considered, workers are faced with other government policy changes and budget quandaries. Citizens need a living wage, fair work practices and safe environments. Haitian workers for Butterball and Ethiopian workers at Regan National and Dulles international airports illustrate the challenges faced by legal immigrant workers. Dilemmas, debates and decisions are faced in the job market.

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.

After the FBI announced charges against 50 people in a college admissions scam, The Washington Post in news and commentary took a closer look at college admissions to ivy league, elite and other schools, the influence of wealth on the poor and the wealthy, and ethical and practical decisions about a career path. Activities include writing the ledes to essays using Post models.

Every section of the newspaper in print and online has the potential to stimulate student discussion, debate and discourse. Express Your Concerns provides models of short reflections on items that might be tossed from our contemporary culture, guidelines for writing about health issues, an examination of an art exhibit and a play review that seeks viewers and readers to express what the Constitution means to them.

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.