Civics,

Current events and short, reflective pieces provide stimulus and models for student expression — and possible school community activities. Students can use these nonfiction works to analyze, interpret and practice rhetorical strategies.

 

After the FBI announced charges against 50 people in a college admissions scam, we take a closer look at college admissions (legacy, development, regular applicants), admissions essays (approaches to writing with authentic voices) and the effect of wealth on society and on determined parents (bribes, payments, sabotage), their children and other college applicants. 

To better understand the individuals who held the office and their presidential leadership, The Washington Post created Presidential, a podcast series of 44 segments. Post NIE activities are provided to focus on the presidents’ background and influences on them, approaches to tough decisions and unexpected challenges, and personal traits that helped or hurt their success as president of the United States.

Columnists are informed opinion writers with a distinct voice and style. They have the same ethical and journalistic standards as reporters but add a particular perspective gained through experience, education and a passion for the topic. Columns are strong models for student composition development.

One’s home is one of the biggest investments one makes. The Real Estate supplement and Real Estate Guide provide current information on the market and complicated transactions, how to increase the value of one’s home, and what trends and neighborhoods are receiving attention.

Clean, fresh water is essential for life and an enhancement of recreation and business development. The needs to preserve and improve river quality and to maintain and update river infrastructure cannot be ignored without affecting people, lands and water.

Rights guaranteed in the First Amendment and the Second Amendment have limits. The Supreme Court has decided some of the issues surrounding these rights, but many, such as gun ownership and use, remain for citizens, states and Congress to address.

The introduction of competitive sports and inspiration from the athletes’ life stories, economics and personal finance, geography, physics and civics concepts emerge naturally from media coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

When The New York Times, followed by The Washington Post and other newspapers, published Pentagon Papers-based articles they were exercising freedom of the press that was affirmed in 1971 in The New York Times Company v. United States and in United States v. The Washington Post et. al. The movie, The Post, tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, the leak of thousands of pages of “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Task Force,” and Katharine Graham’s decision to publish articles based in them.

Citizens of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are U.S. citizens — what does this mean for relations and rights? U.S. territories, commonwealths, compacts of free association and possessions provide opportunities to study issues of economic responsibility, national sovereignty, self-determination and human rights.

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