Tracy’s Workshops for Ungdomsskole Students

Exploring Government Systems
In this interactive workshop, students will start by learning about the many different government systems throughout history and the world today. Then, we will discuss the U.S. government by reviewing the history, law-making process, and the Constitution. In a collaborative group, students will create their own government and present what they consider to be the most important rights and responsibilities for their citizens. Students will present their discussions to the class.
Format: In person, better suited for 30 students or less 
Style: Interactive
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Oral skills 

Analyzing Current Events
Students will watch and read current U.S. news sources to identify current events in the United States. The goal is to understand media bias and how that impacts the way news is reported. Students will learn how to pull out key differences across news sources to share with the class. This lesson will focus on understanding media and searching for multiple sources of information. Students will discuss the importance of the current events, the media coverage, and provide thoughts and reactions.
Format: In person
Style: Interactive
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Digital skills 

Elections and Voting Rights in the United States
This lesson teaches students about the history of voting and presidential elections in the United States. Through diagrams and maps, students will understand voting patterns and how voting impacts policy. In particular, we will review access and barriers to voting. We will discuss the media portrayal of election topics, candidates, and outcomes of recent elections. Furthermore, we will review current state laws and proposed laws that either make it either harder to vote or expand voter access.  
Format: In person or virtual 
Style: Interactive or lecture style 
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Reading, Digital skills 

A Day in the Life of a U.S. Student
Based on comments and feedback from U.S. middle school and high school students, we will discuss what a day looks like for some U.S. students. We can explore the different school and class schedules, extracurricular activities, part-time work opportunities, and regional differences across the United States based on access and opportunity. Norwegian students can submit questions in advance and we can discuss the answers together in the workshop. I will make efforts to connect with answers from current U.S. students. 
Format: In person or virtual 
Style: Interactive
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Reading, Digital skills 

Inequalities in America: The Disproportionate Impacts of Poverty
This workshop can provide a broad overview of inequalities, inequities, and poverty, or you can choose a deeper dive into one of the following topics: education, healthcare, or criminal justice. For a country filled with opportunities, that opportunity and access depend largely on social class, personal background, and geographic location. This workshop provides a brief overview of inequalities in the U.S with statistics and facts about education, health, and poverty. We will examine the gender pay divide in occupations, opportunity gaps in education by race, and the cycle of poverty for many families. Students will learn about income differences in the United States and how that impacts opportunities for kids and adults across education, healthcare, and the criminal justice system.
Format: In person or virtual 
Style: Interactive or Lecture
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Reading, Digital Skills

Identifying Important Issues
There are important issues facing every country and community in this world. Students will choose a policy issue (from a generated list based on hot topics in the U.S.) that they think is important and pick an argument to represent. They will work in small groups to learn more about their chosen issue. A follow-up lesson could be to create a letter to the editor or a short video explaining the importance of their issue and why people should agree with them. Templates and resources will be provided to the teachers to continue this lesson. Learning about important issues will help students become advocates for the causes that are important to them. Topics could include healthcare, gun control, minimum wage, civil rights, etc. 
Format: In person, better suited for groups of students with background knowledge of policy topics
Style: Interactive
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Digital skills

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