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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times, prior to becoming successful.The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous persons' contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “top ten list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (9 - 12)
Title: Presidential Election Partners - Deciding on a Candidate Through an Online Discussion with the Community
Description: As a presidential election approaches, have students recruit an adult "election partner" to discuss and debate candidate selection and important issues related to the campaign.  Becoming an active participant in the civic process takes practice.  Students will have the opportunity to practice for future participation in presidential elections with the help of an election partner. 


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election  
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state electoral process. Students collaborate on a wiki designed to aid in analyzing candidates' responses in a gubernatorial debate.  Pre-debate and post-debate activties are included and may be adapted for use in either 7th Grade Civics or 12th Grade United States Government. The 2010 Gubernatorial Debates will be held on September 16th at the University of Alabama and October 19th at Auburn University.  The debates will be televised and are Co-sponsored by the Student Government Associations of The University of Alabama and Auburn University, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, and the League of Women Voters of Alabama, Greater Tuscaloosa, and East Alabama.


ALEX Podcasts


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Tunnel Vision and Opposing Viewpoints
Overview:
This podcast gives students an overview of what they can expect to find in the Opposing Viewpoints Database.  Students learn that it is here they can find diverse viewpoints on societal issues.  Hopefully, this lesson will help students appreciate diverse facts and opinions.


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Points of View Reference Center
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This tutorial is an introduction to the main components of Points of View Reference Center and how to navigate within the database.


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The South's New Racial Politics: Inside the Race Game of Southern History
Overview:
The South’s New Racial Politics: Inside the Race Game of Southern History explores how blacks and whites in today’s South engage in the political process. Based on his own experiences and careful study, Glen Browder provides an analysis of biracial leadership in the modern-day South. Dr. Glen Browder is professor emeritus of American Democracy at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He served as U.S. congressman, Alabama secretary of state, and Alabama legislator. This ‘Bonus’ ArchiTreats presentation was in addition to the regular series of third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


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Do you know your news? CNN Student News
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Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

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