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Talk Back Classroom
What is good citizenship?
A Talkback Classroom Event at the Smithsonian Institution

What is Talkback Classroom?
Talkback Classroom is an international program that engages students in discussions of issues of vital importance to them. Developed as a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Australia, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Talkback Classroom gives your students an opportunity to express their opinions, interact with their peers and public figures around the world, and broaden their understanding of history and contemporary events.

This spring, Talkback Classroom's theme is What is Good Citizenship? The program includes:

  • Three Smithsonian-based workshops on citizenship

  • Online discussion boards

  • A moderated live chat for students and teachers

  • Lesson plans and learning materials

  • The live broadcast

You Don’t Need to Live in Washington, D.C., to Participate
There are many ways for you and your students to participate in Talkback Classroom. Join online discussions and live chats, conduct research, and use and contribute to our learning materials.

The Events at the Smithsonian
The program culminates in a live broadcast for high-school students and teachers on April 21, 2004 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Students at the National Museum of Australia will particpate via videoconference. You will have the opportunity to engage in an informed discussion of citizenship: What is it? What has it meant historically? And what does it mean in today’s world? 

Talkback Partners
Smithsonian Institution
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Close Up Foundation
National Museum of Australia
High-school students and their teachers in Washington, D.C., and Australia

Why join TalkBack Classroom
Online Workshops
Submit a Lesson Plan
Discussion Board
What is Citizenship?
January 31, 2004

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What are the Rights of Citizenship?
February 21, 2004

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What are the Responsibilities
of Citizenship?

March 20, 2004

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Live Broadcast
What is good citizenship?
April 21, 2004

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