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.

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.

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!

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.

New Partners, More Great Resources

Resources from new partners Core Knowledge Foundation, Florida Joint Center on Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute, and A Lesson on Benjamin Franklin’s ‘Project for Moral Perfection.’

Lou Frey Institute Is New Partner in CRN

The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute has joined the Civics Renewal Network, becoming the 33rd member. The organization promotes the development of enlightened, responsible and actively engaged citizens.

Core Knowledge Foundation Joins Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is pleased to announce that the Core Knowledge Foundation has joined the network. The Foundation’s curriculum covers a range of social studies topics for the upper elementary and middle school levels. The Foundation states that its mission “is to advance excellence and equity in education for all children. To achieve this mission, we offer detailed curricular guidance and materials to schools, teachers, parents, and policymakers — to anyone who believes, as we do, that every child in a diverse democracy deserves access to enabling knowledge. Look for its resources here.