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Information Leaks in American History

Lesson Plan Author(s): 
Emily Wiegand
Topic: 
Information Leaks in American History
Teaching Area: 
American History
Standards: 
CCSS.ELA‐LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.B
Grade Level: 
10
Origins Item(s): 

This lesson has students debate the morality of whistleblowers and information leakers in American history.  They will consider whether such individuals should be viewed as “heroes” or “traitors” by taking part in a classroom debate.  Students may use previous classes to research both sides of the argument before taking a viewpoint.  

Files for download:

Information-Leaks-and-Whistleblowers-Lesson-Plan.pdf

Leaks-and-Whistlehlowers-Presentation.pptx

Whistleblowers-Debate-Organizer.pdf

Key Words: 
information leaks, national security, post-Cold War, post 9/11, whistleblowers, government transparency
Teaching Level: 
Secondary Childhood