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Civics in Digital Life: Lesson Plans for Grades 8-12

Free lessons and activities to spark students' curiosity, critical thinking, and civic engagement. With our Civics in Digital Life lessons, you can help your students consider important topics…  learn more

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Resources for Educators and Students

The Educator's Toolkit The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has several resources for educators and programs across all grade levels. The Educator’s Toolkit highlights the resources TYLA has…  learn more

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US Constitution Day Activities

ConstitutionFacts.com is pleased to provide a series of free educational resources and Internet links to help educators comply with the new federal regulation requiring the development of student…  learn more

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National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 20th

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.7 million voters have…  learn more

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iCivics: The Constitution EXPLAINED

iCivics presents a comprehensive, short-form video series explaining the text, history, and relevance of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and additional amendments. Our videos are assignable and end…  learn more

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iCivics Lesson Plans for Teachers

Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics re-imagines civic education for American democracy. With iCivics, nearly 10 million students learn about our government, the rule of law, and…  learn more

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Digital Citizenship Course

CyberCivics Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology  learn more

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Anniberg Classroom: Lesson Plans Archives

Most of these lessons are based on Annenberg Classroom videos. Teachers may contact info@annenbergclassroom.org to get the Teacher’s Key for the lesson plans. Teachers will also find lessons…  learn more

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Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court

As the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, Sandra Day O’Connor became an inspiration to millions.  learn more

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Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor (born March 26, 1930, El Paso, Texas, U.S.), associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 2006. She was the first woman to serve on the Supreme…  learn more

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Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

Our nation's first female Supreme Court justice and first female majority leader of any state legislative upper house, Justice O'Connor is a peerless trailblazer who has left a…  learn more

iCivics: Free Lesson Plans & Games

Remote Learning Toolkit For Educators. Explore our free, easy-to-use games and lesson plans (ideal for Google Classroom, Nearpod, and more!) that will help you prioritize civic learning and…  learn more

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The Interactive Constititution

National Constitution Center. Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.  learn more

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iCivics: Election Headquarters

State, Local, and Midterm Election Resources Use these curated, non-partisan teaching resources to help students to learn about the local and federal midterm election processes, understand the power…  learn more

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Presidential Election Process

Learn about the presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.  learn more

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United States Electoral College

Britannica. Constitutionally mandated process for electing the U.S. president and vice president.  learn more

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Civic Renewal Project

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our…  learn more

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Constitution Center: Classroom Resource Library

The National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of…  learn more

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Supreme Court Historical Society

Classroom Resources for Teachers & Students The Supreme Court Historical Society is a private non-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1974. The Society is dedicated…  learn more

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World101: Instructor Resources

High-quality, standards-aligned classroom resources, lesson plans, teaching inspiration, and professional development opportunities—all inspired by our mission that Global Civics is essential for twenty-first century citizenship. See why World101…  learn more

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iCivics: Government & the Market

In this unit, students learn about the relationship between the government and the economy. Starting with the basics of the market economy, students learn about government regulations on…  learn more

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iCivics: Government & the Economy

This lesson uses the topic of cell phone service to illustrate how government and the economy are related. Students learn the difference between market, command, and mixed economies.…  learn more

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Constituting America

Celebrating 12 Years of Constitution Education Programming! Teaching the relevance of the US Constitution and the principles of self-governance in our founding documents.  learn more

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Texas Law-Related Education

Civic Resources for Teachers and Students  learn more

National Constitution Center: Classroom Resources by Topic

Our instructional materials use the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution to provide students with nonpartisan analysis from top constitutional scholars.  Explore our offerings.  learn more

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NewseumED: Lesson Plans

NewseumED.org offers free resources to cultivate the First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life. Learn how to authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety…  learn more

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Constituting America: Clips for Classroom

CLIPS FOR CLASSROOMS: FREE! From 30 Seconds to 8 Minutes – You Choose! CONSTITUTIONAL CHATS PODCAST SERIES  Our weekly podcast with Constitutional experts  learn more

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Civics Renewal Network: Classroom Resources

Sharing the belief that understanding the Constitution plays a vital role in creating knowledgeable and engaged citizens, they agreed to work together as the Civics Renewal Network to…  learn more

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OER Commons: We the People

The "We the People" Constitution Hub is a public digital collection of curated Civics and History resources. It is free with no subscription required. Educators have access to…  learn more

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Digital Civics Toolkit

The Digital Civics Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life.   The Toolkit…  learn more

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US Capitol History Educational Videos

We the People Constitution Tour The Society was proud to work with NBC News to produce our “We the People” series that explores the history and meaning of…  learn more

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Social Studies Shorts: How an Idea Becomes a Law

When a member of Congress, the president, or even an ordinary citizen like you has an idea for a new law in the United States, that idea needs…  learn more

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iCivics Videos

Introduce students to the people and processes they need to know with brief and purposeful videos. What better way to engage students and add variety to instruction than…  learn more

iCivics: Infographic Library for Civics & Social Studies

For your convenience, we've assembled a library of the infographics that exist within other units. Use these infographics with your class to introduce students to a new civics topic,…  learn more

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How is power divided in the United States government? -

Article II of the United States Constitution allows for three separate branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), along with a system of checks and balances should any…  learn more

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iCivic: The Constitution

The Constitution Students will learn how our Constitution was created and what some of its key characteristics are. They will also explore key amendments to the Constitution and…  learn more

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iCivics Constitution Day Activities

Why is Constitution Day important to teach? Constitution Day, September 17, 2022, is an opportunity to engage students in the U.S. Constitution’s continued relevance. Use this day and the…  learn more

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The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation?

It is Fall 1787. The Federal Convention has recently concluded its closed door meetings in Philadelphia and presented the nation with a new model for the government. It…  learn more

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The Constitutional Convention of 1787

In this unit, students will examine the roles that key American founders played in creating the Constitution, and the challenges they faced in the process. They will learn…  learn more

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LESSON IDEAS FOR USING POLITICAL CARTOONS TO TEACH CIVICS

I can’t imagine teaching civics and government without political cartoons—they are essential to the subject. They make the best entry point for introducing concepts and diving deeper into diverse viewpoints on…  learn more

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United State Capital Historical Society

United States Capitol Historical Society is a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization created in 1962 to promote the history of the Capitol and Congress. USCHS serves as an informational…  learn more

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iCivics: Public Policy

In this unit, students learn what public policy is and who creates, implements, and influences it. Through case studies, scenarios, and possible role-playing, students discover how difficult it…  learn more

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iCivics: Our Founder, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

As the nation mourns the passing of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, we remember her not only for…  learn more

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Why wasn’t the Bill of Rights originally in the US Constitution?

When you think of the US Constitution, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Free speech? The right to bear arms? These passages are cited so often…  learn more

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Constituting America: Constitutional Lesson Plans

The mission is to teach students across America about the nonpartisan relevancy of the U.S. Constitution and the principles of self-governance inherent in our founding documents. Also, check…  learn more

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Lesson Plan: 2023-2024 Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Supreme Court Oral Arguments C-SPAN Classroom. The justices of the Supreme Court discuss the process and importance of the oral arguments during a Supreme Court case.  learn more

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Engaging Congress

What is Engaging Congress? Engaging Congress is a FREE, fun, interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in contemporary society.…  learn more

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Google Arts & Culture: American Democracy

Celebrate the history of the United States presidency and discover defining moments in American Democracy.  learn more

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The Constitution EXPLAINED

iCivics presents a comprehensive, short-form video series explaining the text, history, and relevance of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and additional amendments. The videos are assignable and…  learn more

PBS LearningMedia: American Party Animals - We the Voters

More young people than ever identify themselves as politically “independent.” This animated film (narrated by Morgan Spurlock) looks at pros and cons of our two-party system, and at…  learn more