- McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Opinion (U.S. Supreme Court)
- Everything You Need to Know about McCutcheon v. FEC (Washington Post)
- Legal Experts React to Supreme Court’s Campaign-Finance Ruling (Wall Street Journal)
- Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions (New York Times)
For more information about today's McCutcheon v. FEC Decision, try the following resources:
I shared this parody of the popular "What Does the Fox Say?" video with my students back in November, but I decided I should add it here too - just in case anyone missed it. It was created by Mr. Betts, an educator from New York who is building quite a video library on his YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out in order to get a transcript of the John Locke video and see his other works - including George Washington's take on Lorde's "Royals."
In their Room for Debate series, the New York Times invites experts on both sides of the aisle to discuss news events and other important issues. Each entry provides a bit a background information followed by a series of open-ended, thought-provoking questions along with 4-6 short responses what the site labels as "knowledgeable contributors." This layout is ideal for an AP US Government class as it forces students to consider multiple perspectives before drawing their own conclusions. It also provides a blueprint for how a teacher might go about setting up a similar debate in her own classroom...something I think I am going to try after the Holidays.
Below I have collected some of my favorite Room for Debate entries, organized according to the units I use in my AP US Government class. Then I threw in a few "bonus" entries that would work well in an AP US History class.
The Presidential Timeline, developed by the University of Texas at Austin College of Education and the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives, provides users with access to an impressive collection of digital resources. These include documents, photographs, audio recordings, and videos that are linked via the interactive timeline.
In addition, users can choose to view a president's approval ratings at the bottom of the timeline. This is really helpful when trying to get students to make connections between a president's popularity and historic events.
The site also has educational activities designed to get students interacting with many of the resources on the site. While I haven't had a chance to look at all of these, the ones I have seem to be pretty good. I'm certain that some will find their way into my classroom.
To learn more about the Defense of Marriage Act and Windsor v. United States, try the following resources:
To learn more about the Voting Rights Act and the Shelby County v. Holder decision, try the following resources:
Each year in AP US Government & Politics, my classes explore the history of civil rights in the United States. This includes a look at affirmative action. As such, we will certainly spend some time discussing today's Fisher v. University of Texas decision. First, however, I will require that my students listen to this excellent discussion of the case on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. Not only do her guests provide a great deal of background information, they also make reasoned arguments both for and against the policy itself. I predict that such details will enrich my students' understanding of the topic.
All of my posts about TEDTalks in the Classroom can be found here.
For more information about the history of presidential inaugurations, try the following resources:
For more information about President Obama and the 57th Inaugural Address, try the following resources:
My name is Angela Zorn. I work full-time as an educator at Bullitt Central High School in suburban Kentucky where I teach AP US History and AP US Government & Politics. In addition, I provide training & consulting services throughout the United States.