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Educators can use the Vote Democracy! collection to support viewing of Please Vote for Me, Iron Ladies of Liberia, Chicago 10, and An Unreasonable Man while engaging students in discussions about democracy abroad, elections, third-party politics, gender, the role of dissent in democracy, and media literacy. These lessons, film modules, and activities also provide a context for understanding and further investigating the changing nature of democracy around the world.

  • Vote Democracy! | Educator Guide

    Educators can use the Vote Democracy! Educator Guide to support viewing of Please Vote for Me, Iron Ladies of Liberia, Chicago 10, and An Unreasonable Man while engaging students in discussions about democracy abroad, elections, third-party politics, gender, the role of dissent in democracy and media literacy. These lessons and activities also provide a context for understanding and further investigating the changing nature of democracy around the world.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Please Vote for Me | Film Module

    This module takes a look at the proposition of hosting a democratic election inside a third-grade classroom in communist China. It provides glimpses of each of the three young candidates for class monitor: at home, in class, and while actively campaigning. Viewers also see the involvement of the teacher, the parents, and classmates.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Campaign | An Unreasonable Man Film Module

    This module further examines Nader’s candidacy: strategies for voter outreach, including “super rallies” and television advertising; the role of his campaign staff and the coverage by and response from the media. Viewers are also introduced to Nader’s Raiders, a group of former Nader consumer advocate staffers who spoke out against his presidential bid.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Third Parties | An Unreasonable Man Film Module

    In this module, viewers are introduced to Ralph Nader, consumer activist and third-party presidential candidate. Nader discusses his political activism and the reasons behind his pursuit of a presidential campaign. The module features news footage of his exclusion from the presidential debates.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Iron Ladies of Liberia | Film Module

    This module examines the first year in the term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female head of state in the civil war-damaged African nation of Liberia. Short clips examine her personal philosophy, public persona, and methods of leadership as she deals with a devastated infrastructure, irate former soldiers, the Firestone Corporation, and the governments of China and the United States.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Trial | Chicago 10 Film Module

    This module features animated reenactments of what happened in the courtroom during the trial of the most vocal activists behind the protests in Chicago. Based on court transcripts, the reenactments capture the circus-like atmosphere of the trial and the intense generational conflict of this period. Viewers will also hear how the eighth defendant, Bobby Seale, was added to the case, from Jerry Rubin’s perspective.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Convention | Chicago 10 Film Module

    This module highlights protest strategies used by activist organizations like MOBE and the Yippies during the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Viewers will see the activities of convention delegates juxtaposed with the activities of the protestors, including archival footage of the march that escalated into a violent confrontation with Chicago police.

    Grades: 9-12
  • 1968 | Chicago 10 Film Module

    This module highlights major historical events that took place leading up to and surrounding the protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. Archival footage portrays President Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War, his reinstatement of the draft, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the subsequent civil unrest across the country.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Please Vote for Me | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Please Vote for Me, a film that follows 8-year-old students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for class monitor. Viewers will focus and learn about democracy and the feasiblity of democracy education in China. The guide provides resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore.

    Grades: 9-12
  • An Unreasonable Man | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in An Unreasonable Man, a film that takes an unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of our time. Viewers will focus and learn about democracy, independent parties in democracy, and participating in campaigns. The guide provides resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Iron Ladies of Liberia | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Iron Ladies of Liberia, a film that goes behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of Liberia. Viewers will focus and learn about women and democracy around the world. The guide provides resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Chicago 10 | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Chicago 10, a film that explores the buildup to and unraveling of the protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the 1969 conspiracy trial that followed. Viewers will focus and learn about democracy, the role of dissent in democracy, and media literacy. The guide provides resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore.

    Grades: 9-12

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