Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts

Across 7 lessons, this unit explores the ways of life of diverse Native American peoples and how their cultures were disrupted, displaced, and profoundly altered by westward expansion and American government policies and practices in the 1800s. Some of the content of this unit is tied to the “Pathway to Citizenship,” an array of civics-focused knowledge, questions, and activities.

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Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Explore new ways to take your students on a historical journey this holiday season and help them discover the meaning of Thanksgiving. Share My Lesson’s curated collections of free, engaging preK-12 Thanksgiving lesson plan templates, resources and activities will help teach your students about this tradition from multiple historical perspectives, including a focus on studying indigenous people and endangered cultures.

For more resources from Share My Lesson, go here.

Join us at the NCSS Virtual Conference!

The Civics Renewal Network will have a booth at the NCSS Virtual Conference on Dec. 4-6. You will find information and resources about each of our 36 organizations when you explore the booth! It’s an easy one-stop booth for civics, government and history resources. The exhibit hall will remain open through April to registered conference participants. Go here to learn more.

  • Bill of Rights Institute: New free digital textbook, “Life, Liberty, & Pursuit of Happiness.” Learn more.
  • Bill of Rights Institute: In-person seminars across the country this fall. Learn more.
  • Center for Civic Education: New webinar series, Power to the People. Learn more.
  • Constituting America: Count down to Bill of Rights Day with this Tuesday series. Learn more.
  • Florida Joint Center for Citizenship: Enrollment open for online PD series: The Civics Classroom. Learn more.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: EduHam Online, the free Hamilton Education Program, is available online. Learn more.
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: Apply for a $24,000 graduate fellowship. Learn more.
  • National Archives: Check out a special DocsTeach page for National History Day. Learn more.
  • National Archives: Fall programs for K-12 students and educators in partnership with the Presidential Primary Sources Project. Learn more.
  • National Constitution Center: Sign up for live interactive classes on the Constitution. Learn more.
  • National Constitution Center: Free, online teacher workshops available. Learn more.
  • NewseumED: Free classes that explore a different First Amendment topic for lifelong learners. Learn more.
  • NewseumED: Free professional developments webinars. Learn more.
  • Street Law: Apply for its 2021 Supreme Court Summer Institute. Learn more.