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Books are one of our most valuable teaching tools and those books that make students feel something and want to act create life-long readers and engaged citizens. Our school will be starting out the school year virtually, but I don't want them to miss out on great books and interactive learning. They shouldn't be doing all their reading on a computer screen and so physical books are so important. My students are very passionate especially about issues of social justice, but they don't always know how best to act on these passions. I think this starts with first helping them to fully understand the issue through reading and research and then having them take on the problem through our in-class Mock Senate. To give students equal access to materials at home, I want them all to have a copy of The Color of Law. It is a fantastic book all about the history of housing discrimination. We will break the book up into segments where we will use virtual Socratic Seminars for students to talk about what they have read and their additional research. We will also be watching the Netflix series 13th. Students will then be randomly assigned a Senator from relevant Senate Committees and draft legislation to address one of the following topics focused on social justice: housing, incarceration, or education. We will then use Zoom breakout rooms for committee meetings culminating in the Mock Senate where they will present their bills to the rest of their peers for discussion and a vote. Through this process they will get to experience how law is made interactively while in a virtual learning environment.

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Books are one of our most valuable teaching tools and those books that make students feel something and want to act create life-long readers and engaged citizens. Our school will be starting out the school year virtually, but I don't want them to miss out on great books and interactive learning. They shouldn't be doing all their reading on a computer screen and so physical books are so important. My students are very passionate especially about issues of social justice, but they don't always know how best to act on these passions. I think this starts with first helping them to fully understand the issue through reading and research and then having them take on the problem through our in-class Mock Senate. To give students equal access to materials at home, I want them all to have a copy of The Color of Law. It is a fantastic book all about the history of housing discrimination. We will break the book up into segments where we will use virtual Socratic Seminars for students to talk about what they have read and their additional research. We will also be watching the Netflix series 13th. Students will then be randomly assigned a Senator from relevant Senate Committees and draft legislation to address one of the following topics focused on social justice: housing, incarceration, or education. We will then use Zoom breakout rooms for committee meetings culminating in the Mock Senate where they will present their bills to the rest of their peers for discussion and a vote. Through this process they will get to experience how law is made interactively while in a virtual learning environment.

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