Edward Snowden blew the whistle on government surveillance of private telephone and Internet communications of ordinary citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA). A huge controversy erupted. Is this surveillance within the law and necessary for national security? Is Snowden a patriot or a traitor?
This lesson has the Snowden story, the controversy and continuing debate, and critical thinking exercises teachers can use to help students understand the issues and clarify their views.
It also includes compare-and-contrast exercises that compare Snowden to historically similar events, and an “informed citizen” write-your-Senator exercise.
by Social Studies and STEM