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The Center for News Literacy

The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University is committed to teaching students how to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources. It is the only center of its kind in the United States.

The Center is at work developing innovative curriculum materials for high schools and the general public through the Digital Resource Center, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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The Constitutional Rights Foundation and The Constitutional Rights Foundation - Chicago (Chicago)

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today.

CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.

For teachers:

CRFC/Mikva Challenge - Six Lesson Voter Education Curriculum

http://www.crf-usa.org/lessons/

http://www.crfc.org/teaching-materials

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iCivics

iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. Educational resources provided by the organization empower teachers and prepare the next generation of students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

For teachers: https://www.icivics.org/teachers

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The Living Room Candidate

The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. 

For teachers: http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/lessons

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Mikva Challenge

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. They engage youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

For teachers:    http://www.mikvachallenge.org/educators/curricula/

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The News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is an innovative national educational program that teaches students in middle school and high school how to know what to believe in the digital age. It does so by creating original lessons and working with educators and seasoned journalists to deliver them in classroom, after-school and digital programs.

For teachers:
http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/learn-channel/open-access-digital-unit

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ProCon.org

Procon.org promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.

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