Debate,

From Abigail Adams to Febb Burn women asked men to remember the ladies in their legislative endeavors. Along the difficult journey to their enfranchisement, women took their pursuit into their own hands — they organized, petitioned and protested in front of the White House; they marched, they sang, and were arrested. They voted and ran for office. We focus on the 19th Amendment, women in the Supreme Court and a 2020 Election Toolkit.

 

There is always change, but 2020 was a year of extraordinary changes — global deaths due to a pandemic, marches for racial equality and justice, name changes of schools and teams, a woman of Indian and Jamaican heritage on the Democratic ticket, NASA’s return to space shuttles — and mundane curtailments that influenced culture. Students read, discuss and debate, and write about these changes and those who made a difference.

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. 

Understanding the origins of its use and historical context in which blackface emerged will help students to understand why photographs in old yearbooks and its use in Halloween costumes are offensive and part of centuries-old degradation of one race by another.

First jobs were once forever jobs, but now many are part of the gig economy. Workers face decisions about job security, wages, benefits and loyalty — and employees who may or may not care about their well being. Many personal stories of survival rest beyond the paycheck.

The space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union drove early decisions to pursue going beyond the boundaries of space. As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary and the 50th year since U.S. astronauts landed on the moon, the U.S. faces new decisions about the future of space exploration. Will it be the Mars Era?

With one foot in Europe and the other one in Asia, Turkey straddles ancient cultures and contemporary aspirations. Contrasting views make Turkey a complex and dynamic country in the headlines, behind closed doors and on the world stage. Activities focus on its ancient civilizations, refugee settlements, role in investigating the murder of Post contributing commentator Jamal Khashoggi and future as a leader in the Middle East.

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.

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.

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