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Nothing engages students like a current event that recently took over every news outlet from Snapchat channels to the Washington Post. Brett Kavanaugh's nomination is a fantastic opportunity to involve students in the world of current events, media bias, research, and argumentative essay writing.
This lesson plan includes a Background Research Packet for students to fill out individually and an argumentative essay assignment with directions. The Research Packet is 3 pages and should take students at least an hour or two to complete. The paper is a one page assignment requiring three citations (found when researching), so can be assigned in class the following period or for homework.
These assessments can be used in English or Civics classes (I used it as an introduction to the Judiciary Branch and to further understanding of checks and balances between branches).
This topic is controversial, so works best as an individual challenge for students, but there is a video included for you to introduce the topic, and I recommend going through the research packet together when all are finished to ensure that everyone's facts are in order (and it is a great opportunity to notice and discuss media bias!).
Be warned that this topic is also difficult to discuss for many students because it involves sexual assault, and you may want to have an alternative assignment if some students find it too triggering. It is a good idea to inform your admin and guidance that you are breaching this topic in case they are needed for support.