Making Civics Real: Public Policy & the Federal Budget

Making Civics Real is a video workshop for high school civics teachers that includes eight one-hour video programs and a print guide for activities. The objectives of this program include: to understand the federal budget process and recognize the forces that influence budgetary policy; to identify factors that influence members of Congress when voting on the budget; to evaluate how the processes and forces affect the final budget.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit), Quizzes, Video
  • Subject: Federal Government
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Counties Work

In Counties Work, students learn about local government by playing a county official responding to citizen requests. They must keep citizens happy and manage county resources responsibly. Are citizens making sensible requests? Which department of local government has the solution? Do taxes need to be raised or lowered to keep a balanced budget? How will citizens react—and what’s the best action when crisis strikes? Challenges come from all directions in this fast-paced game!

  • Resource Type: Games
  • Subject: State/Local Government
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9

Election Central

Election Central is an online resource that helps teachers and students explore the electoral process past and present, in the United States and around the world. Lessons contain readings and activities that provide historical background and raise issues related to the electoral process. These resources are arranged under four categories: Issues for the Election | U.S. History | World History | Government

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Voting, Elections, Politics
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12