Building Democracy For All is designed so that teachers and students can follow different learning pathways as they explore the material in the book. Rather than proceeding sequentially through the standards, the learning pathways invite a thematic approach. Other learning pathways include: Student Rights, Influential Women, Black Lives Matter, Media Literacy, and Election 2020.
This pathway is designed to provide resources for teachers and students to explore current events in the larger context of educational and public policy questions and issues.
Check out findings from a 2022 study on Young People's Relationship to the News:
- Young people seem to engage more with "news" than "the news." "The news" is narrowly defined as (mainly) politics and current affairs.
- Some young people actively avoid "narrow," "serious" news – at least some of the time.
- Many young people actively engage with alternative brands and perspectives, and with types of content that include that generated by celebrities, social influencers, individual journalists, podcasters, users, and many more others.
Recent Addition to the eBook
The coronavirus pandemic has caused massive unemployment throughout the country. New material has been added to Topic 4.3 (ENGAGE) to frame the debate about whether the United States should adopt Universal Basic Income or Guaranteed Employment as national policies.
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Building Democracy for All Chapters
Topic 1: The Philosophical Foundations of the United States Political System
Topic 2: The Development of United States Government
Topic 3: Institutions of United States Government
Topic 4: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
Topic 5: The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions
Topic 6: The Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government
Topic 7: Freedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy
Teaching and Learning Resources