The National Archives has announced a new program called DocsTeach On Demand. Connect your school or district for an on-demand webinar exploring DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Before the webinar, a National Archives educator will work with you to determine what the webinar will cover. All webinars are […]
Getting a Jump on Constitution Day
Constitution Day is almost here – get ready with our Teacher Toolkit, check out a video on George Washington and the Constitution and lesson plans on the concept of government.
Submit Civics Lesson Plans and Win Prizes!
The ABOTA Foundation invites classroom teachers to submit their best civics lesson plans for the 2018 Civics Lesson Plan Contest. Deadline is September 1. One lesson plan will be selected in each of two content categories: The importance of the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury The importance of a fair and impartial judiciary […]
Constitution Day Activities
We’ve provided free resources to help you start discussions or activities with students of all ages or to organize a community program. Pull out one or two parts of the lessons for conversation starters for 15- to 30- to 45-minute discussions and/or activities. Planning your own Constitution Day event? We have engaging videos about Supreme […]
National Constitution Center’s Virtual Exchanges Program
The National Constitution Center is piloting a new online program on Constitution Day, September 17, which will give students the opportunity to engage in a constitutional conversation with their peers around the nation by answering fundamental questions about the U.S. Constitution. Teachers who are selected to participate will receive supporting materials, including videos and lesson […]
Women’s Suffrage, the 14th Amendment at 150, and Summer Games
This month marks the 170th anniversary of the Seneca Falls convention that launched the women’s suffrage movement. It took more than 70 years for women to get the right to vote. It’s also the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, which has had a profound effect on the rights of citizens. Finally, summer’s in full swing, so why not have fun checking out games for your classroom this fall!
Prepping for Redesigned AP Government & Politics Course
In response to the recent AP U.S. Government & Politics course and exam redesign, Street Law is working on summaries for 15 identified Supreme Court cases. Three are available now, and all will be ready by the end of August. Each summary will be reviewed by outside legal experts and an AP Government teacher before […]
Summer of Learning Webinars
Join Share My Lesson for its free 2018 Summer of Learning webinar series. These webinars provide “use right now” strategies and tools for teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, parents and community members. Find 15 all-new sessions on topics such as: addressing equity, classroom management, current events, educator wellness and new teachers, school leadership, social-emotional learning, […]
Civic Challenge for Families, Debate Resource, and Constitution’s Big Ideas
Explore a game for parents and kids from iCivics, a collection of Documents and Debates from TeachingAmericanHistory.org and an online activity form the National Archives. Check out News in the Network.
Core Documents Collection: Documents and Debates
TeachingAmericanHistory.org has released a two-volume set of the Core Documents Collection – Documents and Debates. The two volumes are structured around a series of topics, each based on a question for debate. For each topic, there is a collection of documents that, together, form the basis of argument over that topic – from those who debated it at a given point in American history. Volume One covers 1493-1865, and Volume Two covers 1865-2009.
The goal is to explore a series of critical moments in American history by asking questions for which there are not simple yes/no answers, but instead call for informed discussion and rational debate. The Documents and Debates readers also include appendices of additional documents, and together are a perfect fit for any American History survey course, including AP U.S. History.