OCTOBER 29, 2019
Bringing current events into the classroom is not always easy, and it’s often times unplanned. But providing students with opportunities to make sense of what they’re hearing and reading in the news — and doing so in the safe and structured environment of your classroom — is essential.
Topics like impeachment may seem unwieldy, dangerous even. But by approaching them with historical context, primary sources, and ground rules for classroom discussion, they can turn into incredibly relevant, meaningful civics lessons.To help you, here are a few new resources:
NEW Impeachment and Conviction Infographic
Impeachment is really only half the story. This printable infographic and teacher’s Slide Deck explains how impeachment happens, who is involved, where they get authority, and what it really takes to remove a federal official from office.
Download the Infographic
Teaching Impeaching: When Lessons Change
iCivics Educator Network member, Jenifer Hitchcock (VA), shares how she scrapped her previously planned lesson to focus on impeachment, saying: "It can feel unnerving when you can’t predict where the news is taking you, but sometimes unfolding and momentous events demand immediate attention.”
Read Jenifer's Blog
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Q&A With Emma Humphries
iCivics’ Chief Education Officer, Emma Humphries, was interviewed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt about how she believes educators can carefully and thoughtfully approach teaching impeachment in K–12 classrooms.
Read the Article
Need more support? Head to Twitter to ask questions or share your experiences with @iCivics and a community of teachers using #TeachingImpeaching. On this thread, we will share more impeachment resources and a glossary of important terms that you can teach each week. We are here to help you.