Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Being an American Essay Contest and Lesson Plan

The Bill of Rights Institute is currently hosting an essay contest for high school students. The contest asks students to write an essay (1000 words max) about the following question, "how does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?" Cash prizes of up to $1000 will be awarded in five U.S. regions. You can find the contest rules here. Entries are due by December 15.

Applications for Education
Even if you don't have students write for the contest, you might want to take advantage of the free lesson plan designed around contest question. The lesson plan uses a mix of historical and current events to prompt thinking about the Constitution and civil liberties.

In 60 Seconds on the Web

In 60 Seconds on the Web is a neat infographic displaying approximations of how much new stuff appears on the web every sixty seconds. The question for educators is how does the ease of publishing to the web and the constantly increasing content impact how and what we teach? I think it's the same question that Scott McLeod and Karl Fisch raise through Did You Know?

Warm Up Activities for Brainstorming

If you've ever jumped into a brainstorming session with your students or colleagues and found it wasn't going as well as you hoped, take a look at the brainstorming warm-up activities in the Slideshare presentation below.

Wake Up Brain!
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Thanks to Mike Sansone for sharing this on Google+.