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 discussion 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. They will learn how to examine primary source information and pull out key components 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 

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 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

Coronavirus Responses Across the U.S.
The pandemic brought about many changes in the way society operated businesses, schools, and public spaces. Regional responses in the United States differed due to federal and state policies and leadership. In this workshop, we will compare and contrast different U.S. state responses to the coronavirus pandemic as well as discuss how other countries implemented policies. Students can ask questions and we can explore together sources such as news articles, media coverage and bias, and social media responses. After comparing how different regions responded, students will write a short reflection on what policies they thought were best. 
Format: In person or virtual 
Style: Interactive or lecture style 
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Writing

2020 U.S. Election and Voting
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 the months leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election as well as the congressional outcomes. We will discuss the media portrayal of election topics, candidates, and outcomes. Furthermore, we will review state laws and proposed laws particularly as states pass voter suppression laws. 
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 In and Out of Covid Times
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 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. 
Format: In person or virtual 
Style: Interactive
Interdisciplinary Topic: Democracy and Citizenship, Reading, Digital skills 

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