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Our flexible lesson plans, downloadable primary source documents and unique videos support instruction in history, media literacy and civics.

  • EDCollection
    EDCollection

    Election 2016: Stumped!?

    Stumped by the media mayhem and roaring rhetoric of this presidential race? Get historical context and tools to demystify election procedures, decode campaign messages and make your voice matter.

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EDClasses & Training

Our EDClasses & Training workshops use the First Amendment to illuminate the challenges and ideals of our democracy.

  • Learning Center/ Documentary Theater

    On the Campaign Trail: The Battle for Votes

    Candidates know that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. In every election season, the candidates and supporters compete to shape viewers’ opinions and garner their votes. Examine historical and contemporary campaign ads, learn how to navigate conflicting messages and leave empowered to separate fact from fiction.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics for Educators

    Educators learn about the principles of ethical journalism — and how to teach them to your students — in this case-study-based professional development workshop.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Learning Center/ Documentary Theater

    On the Campaign Trail: The Battle for Votes

    Candidates know that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. In every election season, the candidates and supporters compete to shape viewers’ opinions and garner their votes. Examine historical and contemporary campaign ads, learn how to navigate conflicting messages and leave empowered to separate fact from fiction.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    You Can't Say That?!

    Students learn about restrictions to freedom of speech in public life, then debate court cases that determined when and why those limits apply.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics for Educators

    Educators learn about the principles of ethical journalism — and how to teach them to your students — in this case-study-based professional development workshop.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Loud and Proud

    Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

    This class is for:

    • Students
    • Educators
    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center, Documentary Theater, and/or Knight TV Studio

    NewsMania™

    Test your news IQ by playing the Newseum’s popular current-events game show that’s as fresh as today’s headlines!

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics Team Building

    This one-hour enrichment program introduces principles of ethical journalism to your team and gets them debating how media cover today’s stories.

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
What are EDCollections?

EDCollections are curated sets of primary sources, lesson plans and interactives that illustrate the role of the First Amendment in U.S. history.

EDCollections

Our EDCollections provide in-depth explorations of key topics built on primary sources from the Newseum collection and interactive learning tools.

  • EDCollection
    EDCollection

    Election 2016: Stumped!?

    Stumped by the media mayhem and roaring rhetoric of this presidential race? Get historical context and tools to demystify election procedures, decode campaign messages and make your voice matter.

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  • EDCollection
    EDCollection

    Freedom in the Balance

    The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced us to reconsider the balance between protecting public safety and protecting First Amendment freedoms – our cornerstone rights of religious liberty, free expression and political action. Twenty-two case studies explore how this debate has evolved from friction among Founding Fathers to cybersecurity standoffs.

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EDIdeas

Find tips, collection highlights and breaking news connections from the NewseumED staff.

  • Civics & Citizenship

    Book Bans Bump Up Against First Amendment

    September 13, 2016

    Students may be surprised to learn that some popular books have been the target of banning efforts. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and J.K. Rowlings's Harry Potter series are but two of hundreds of books that some school boards, community members, or parents have tried to keep children from reading.

  • Historical Connections

    Teach Your Students to Analyze Primary Sources

    July 15, 2016

    Open your students to different points of view and historical connections with hundreds of free downloadable primary source artifacts. Sign up to view the full collection.

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    Jane Peterson English, Grade 8
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    Shay Taylor Education Technology Specialist, Grades 9-12 and college