We the Students Essay Contest

The Bill of Rights Institute has announced its 2018-2019 We the Students Essay Prompt: “What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st-century America?” This year, the Institute is asking students to dig deep and make their scholarship essay personal. A citizen comes in many shapes and sizes. Some serve their community by voting and participating in political events. Others serve through entrepreneurship or philanthropy. We want to know what you think makes a good citizen in your community. Go here to learn more.

Collection of News Literacy Resources

We’ve made it easy to find resources for teaching about media literacy in middle and high school! Check back as more resources are added to the list. ABOTA Foundation Decoding the News: Building Savvy Media Consumers Objective: This lesson will promote understanding about what it means to be “news literate” and how learning to analyze […]

New Core Knowledge History and Geography Units

Do you teach grades 3-5? The Core Knowledge Foundation has announced that its units for the new Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) series are now available for free download. Go here to learn more.

Celebrating Our Constitution

We’re all about teaching and celebrating the U.S. Constitution this month, but especially on September 17, when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed our founding document in Philadelphia in 1787. Partner organizations in the Civics Renewal Network offer activities and lesson plans for all ages.

CRN Hosting #sschat on Sept. 10

The Civics Renewal Network is hosting #sschat on Monday, Sept. 10, 7-8 p.m. ET. The topic is “Are You Ready for Constitution Day?” Bring your best classroom activities and lessons to share, or if you’re new to teaching, this is the perfect place to ask questions and collect ideas. Mark your calendars!

A Constitution Day Celebration With Justice Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the special guest at a Constitution Day Celebration on September 17 hosted by ConSource, iCivics and the Institute for Constitutional History at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library. The event will be from 4:30-6 p.m. at the NYU Skirball Center Auditorium in New York City. Tickets are […]

Community Civics Game Challenges

iCivics seeks partners to host local intergenerational game challenges. Please see here for the highly customizable facilitator guide.

  • Goal: to increase civic knowledge and civility and to help people engage with civic and government concepts
  • Target audiences: Adults and intergenerational audiences such as families
  • Language: English- and Spanish-speakers
  • Customizable: We expect people will modify the events for their particular communities
  • Timing: September 2018 – September 2019 (and hopefully beyond!)
  • We are asking facilitators to do two things:

      Register Your Event: We want to know when and where these events are happening.
      Take The Survey: During the event, be sure to have participants take this 3-minute survey so that we can continue to offer free resources.

      We’re happy to help you plan. Please reach out to Kelly (kelly.whitney@icivics.org) and/or Kristen (challenge@icivics.org) if you’d like to discuss options, the program, or ideas. Thank you!

DocsTeach Webinars Available on Demand

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 free. Topics may include:

  • An introduction to DocsTeach
  • Finding primary sources for the classroom
  • Creating DocsTeach activities

Learn more here.

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

Prizes are:

  • $500 gift card to Office Depot
  • Set of pocket constitutions (50)
  • Credit as primary author
  • Local press releases recognizing winners

For guidelines and instructions, go here.