Learning Pathway: Current Events

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 RightsInfluential WomenBlack Lives MatterMedia 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:

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.

Current Events Choice Board

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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

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Topic 3: Institutions of United States Government

Topic 4: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens

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Topic 5: The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions

Topic 6: The Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government

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Topic 7: Freedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy

Teaching and Learning Resources


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