Monday, March 23, 2020
End Date: Monday, June 1, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This Humanities class will use the U.S. Constitution as its anchor text and launching-off point to investigate and discuss current events. We will focus both on current political events and on the role that citizens play in the democratic process, all while focusing on the myriad ways that people have their voices heard (or not) in the political system. Some of the many guiding questions we will ask in the class are what responsibility we have to engage with the political system, what kinds of participation are effective, and what is the best way to discuss politics with people who disagree with us.
This course will also examine structural issues that may encourage or inhibit political participation, including gerrymandering, social media, and efforts to legislate voter participation, all with an eye to encouraging students to be informed and participatory citizens. Students will be expected to read independently from a variety of sources (up to 15 pages per assignment) and to write across multiple genres, including blog posts, response, and researched analysis.
1 adult diploma high school U.S. History, Social Studies elective credit or English credit
Mondays & Wednesdays @ McConnell Center Room 206B
Sherry Frost has been an educator on the Seacoast since graduating with her Master’s degree from UNH in 2006. Her teaching practice is rooted in the Harkness method of democratic discourse and focuses on providing a framework for students to practice strong communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. She lives in Dover with her husband, her two adult daughters, and their five cats.