Civic Education Websites
From easy-to-print lesson plans to video interviews with Supreme Court Justices, the following websites provide extensive resources to help you teach young people about American civic life and inspire them to become active, engaged citizens. All websites are listed in alphabetical order.
The American Bar Association: Division for Public Education
The educational outreach pages of the ABA offer information and resources for educators, as well as information on the ABA civic education programs for young people.
The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics sponsors the Annenberg Classroom website, which offers extensive resources focused on civics education, including lesson plans, videos, and discussion boards.
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
The educational component the U.S. Government Printing Office’s service, called GPO Access, provides the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers.
Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
This site offers a number of civic education resources for educators, as well as a nonpartisan advocacy plan to reinstate civic education in schools.
The Center for Civic Education
A nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.
Choices Program at Brown University
The Choices Program gives educators information on how to explore history and current events with their students to help them become active citizens and future decision makers.
The brainchild of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this interactive website aims to teach students civics and to inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. The site provides information resources and games for students, as well as teaching resources for an engaging civics curriculum for adults who work with children.
Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
The Innovation Center explores the link between civic activism and youth development. Its Youth Leadership for Development Initiative has already generated important new research, training, and tools on the link between civic engagement and activism as an effective youth development strategy.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
National Archives: Teacher Resources
The National Archive Teacher Resources include civic education and history primary and secondary sources, lesson plans, and professional development workshops and activities.
The award-winning ProCon.org website promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting the pro and con arguments to controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, freely accessible way. Examples of issues addressed on this site include the presidential election, defunding the police, medical marijuana, gun control, homework, the electoral college, and illegal immigration. ProCon.org is a part of the The Britannica® Group of companies.
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