Lesson Plans

Bring Close Up methodology directly into your classroom with our lesson plans, student activities, and debate structures.

A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Current Issues 

Whether you’re teaching online or in the classroom, Close Up has a series of engaging lesson plans, student activities, and guided debate structures to help you facilitate civil discussion about current issues and help your students take real, effective action in their community. Many of our lessons seamlessly integrate our Controversial Issues in the News reading materials into classroom discussions and debates that are productive and engaging while offering multiple perspectives. 

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ASP Teacher’s Manual Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan | October 15, 2021

This brief manual will help familiarize you with all of the resources that ASP has to offer, including direct testimonials and interviews with members of Congress, lesson plans to promote discussion and facilitate peer-to-peer discourse, and supplemental materials to expand students’ knowledge of policy topics.


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Understanding the Constitution as Aspirational

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Students will engage with historical examples of the founding documents being used as vision statements about U.S. democracy.


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Examining the Preamble

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Students will analyze the Preamble to the Constitution and discuss what it means in a modern context. Students will conduct a close reading of the Preamble, examine specific clauses, and consider how they would interpret and apply those clauses today.


YOUTH VOTE

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Youth Voting Lesson Plan

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This pair of lesson plans is intended to help young people consider the rights and responsibilities of members of a democracy and to think about the issue of youth voting.


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