The Civics Renewal Network welcomes a new partner, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The Historical Society has a wealth of wonderful resources for you to try in your classrooms. Founded in 1824, the HSP is a provider of education and information about America’s history for the people of Philadelphia and beyond. Below, we’ve highlighted just one of the many HSP resources for you to discover.

On May 25, 1787, delegates gathered in Philadelphia to improve the Articles of Confederation. As it turned out, they wrote a whole new governing document. Explore a series of lessons on the Constitutional Convention. And on June 11-15, hundreds of students from around the nation will participate in the National History Day Contest. If your class hasn’t tried the NHD program, now is a great time to check it out for the next school year.

Teaching LGBT Rights

The history of equal rights for members of the LGBT community is something often overlooked in classroom curriculum. With the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, it is important to look back at the men and women who fought for equality. Events, such as Reminder Day, are examples of how we can remember the contribution of men and women in the community who fought for their rights as citizens. Explore this fascinating resource from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

To find more resources from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, go here.

The Federal Convention: Reform or Revolution?

This simulation puts high school students at the start of the Constitutional Convention and asks them to deliberate on the overarching question: Should they propose changes to the Articles of Confederation or create a entirely different plan? This is one of several lessons from the Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource).
For more resources on the Constitutional Convention, go here.

National History Day

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th and 12th grade students. Through participation in NHD, they become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique expressions of history. Students learn critical thinking, problem-solving skills, research and reading skills, and develop self-esteem and confidence. Go here to learn more.