Today’s resource is a great way to use current events and inquiry-based learning in the Social Studies classroom. C-SPAN has some wonderful educational materials and one of them is the Classroom Deliberations website. They have put together 25+ mini-units that start with a question–usually developed for Government, Civics, US History, Current Events and Economics classes. The driving question is supported with relevant, current materials. Using the materials provided students research background information and the different sides of an issue–all while forming their own opinion. C-SPAN has put together lesson plans, handouts, important vocabulary, and best of all is the collection of short video clips and news articles that help students understand the many sides to an issue. Teachers also receive suggestions on how to culminate the unit by guiding a class deliberation, debate, moot court, position paper, etc. An example of one of the Classroom Deliberations is “Should the federal government monitor phone and internet activity to protect the security of the United States?.” From personal experience these C-SPAN lessons are a very engaging way to get students to become informed citizens who develop well-supported opinions on issues facing our nation. To learn more go to http://c-spanclassroomdeliberations.org/.