Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings high school and college students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings stemming from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves. These court hearings (not mock trials) are realistic simulations that showcase jury deliberations in which all students participate, using civil discourse skills.
Students in grades 7–12 are invited to join The National WWII Museum for a freecross-country virtual expedition on February 4, 2020, to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb. Two live webcast sessions are available: Session 1, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CT) and Session 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT).
Anyone who loves Shakespeare’s plays and poems can join the Shakespeare 2020 Project and read all of the Bard’s works or revisit an old favorite throughout the year. The project’s website will have videos, posts, artwork, and more to explore with each work.
The LBJ Presidential Library provides freely downloadable curriculum resources for addressing the issues during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. In the collection, teachers will find activities and accompanying primary source materials on civil rights, voting rights, elections, presidential powers, and more.
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s national video documentary competition encouraging students to think critically about issues that affect their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6–12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme What’s Your Vision in 2020?