It can be even more challenging to settle arguments or solve problems collaboratively when passionate, opposing viewpoints do not see eye to eye on an issue. In this project, you will review the concept of contradiction and define synthesis, explore this dialectic by studying the historical context of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, and generate your own synthesis by engaging with an opposing perspective about the issue that matters to you. Learn how arguments might be resolved by synthesizing different points of view by investigating Argument Synthesis.
As we go about the day, the Supreme Court and its work may seem distant or invisible; nonetheless, its judicial rulings regulate some of our most basic decisions and provide standards for future actions. In this project, you will review the structure of the judicial branch of the U.S. government through key vocabulary and cases, research a Supreme Court decision that interests you, and uncover its impact, and present and explain your own ruling on an historic case. Learn about the purpose and function of the judicial branch by investigating Court Ruling.
Nations, like arguments, are founded upon a set of basic principles or claims; they are the assertion of sovereignty made by a collective. In this project, you will outline the structure of arguments, analyze key elements of a nation’s founding document (U.S. Declaration of Independence), test the premises of a nation’s argument through an interview and reflection, and craft your own argument for “independence”. Learn about the anatomy of argument and the claims of nationhood by investigating Declaration of Independent Study.
Although the president may embody the authority of the United States, the government was founded upon a system of checks and balances that limit the power of any one branch. In this project, you will review the powers bestowed on the executive branch and study examples of how and when those powers have been tested; conduct a popular opinion poll; and determined when and how an executive order is produced by the president. Learn about the purpose and function of the executive branch and exercise your own leadership by investigating Executive Order.
Although you may be removed from the halls of legislative assemblies, the impact of government policy can be felt in numerous ways as you go about your daily life. In this project, you will review key events, documents, and methodologies of the legislative branch of the United States government, identify a policy that matters to you and the legislators who work on this issue, and engage in the civic process by writing a letter to your local representative. Learn about the purpose and function of the legislative branch and activate your role in the civic process by investigating Policy Letter.
Political speeches can be used to inspire and mobilize individuals, and provide valuable lessons in effective rhetoric. In this project, you will identify elements of rhetoric that promote unity and analyze these at work in a historical example, study the unifying force of political art in your community, and create your own rhetorical piece to inspire unity around a cause you deem important. Learn about how to unite an audience using effective rhetorical techniques in Unity Poster.