Annenberg Classroom -
Resources for civic education. "This website connects our award-winning,
comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution and its amendments to daily
civics news and student discussion."
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government For
Kids - "Ben's Guide provides information and activities specifically
tailored for educators, parents, and students in K-12. These resources
can help teach about our government and how it works."
Bill of Rights Institute - "The mission of the Bill of Rights
Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of
America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents,
and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free
Center for Civic Education - "The
Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related
education, and international educational exchange programs for
developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill
of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the
federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic
participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens."
Close Up Foundation - "Close Up
welcomes participation on its programs without regard to gender, race,
color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or
disability. To carry out our mission, we partner with educators,
schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young
people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged
- "CongressLink is directed to teachers of American Government and
civics. It is multi-featured, offering original content (including
lesson plans and historical materials) and up-to-the-minute information
Network (CT-N) State Civics Toolbox - This site "offers lesson plans
and classroom activities that utilize videotaped debates of bills before
the Connecticut General Assembly. Videos are available to middle school
and high school teachers free of charge from The Connecticut Network, a
non-profit broadcast service covering Connecticut State Government."
Constitutional Rights Foundation -
"Constitutional Rights Foundation seeks to instill in our nation's youth
a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our
Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and educate them to become active
and responsible participants in our society."
Rights Foundation Chicago - "The Constitutional Rights Foundation
Chicago helps young people develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes
necessary to serve their communities and nation as active, responsible
citizens. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, CRFC has conducted
law-related education programs for elementary and secondary students and
their teachers for over twenty years."
Courts to Classes - from the U.S. Courts Web Site "As part of the
Federal Judiciary's educational outreach program, this site is designed
to assist educators in teaching about the federal court system in ways
that are consistent with law-related education practices and relevant
social studies standards. Content focuses on the purpose, structure, and
function of the courts and is driven by the input, needs, and
experiences of educators across the country."
Project - The Democracy Project is presented by PBS Kids and
includes curriculum designed for students in grades 3-6. Some of the
goals of the project are to introduce the structure and duties of the
three levels of government, as well as understanding how government
affects our daily lives.
Famous Trials, by Doug Linder (2004) - Available from the
University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law, this web site provides
extensive resources, including striking photographs and portraits, of 35
of the most famous trials in history.
Federal Congress Project - "This exhibit contains extensive
opportunities for using primary documents to explore the actions, issues
and significance of the First Federal Congress (FFC), which, as the
exhibit explains, was a virtual "second sitting" of the Federal
Constitutional Convention." The site includes an introductory
classroom lecture along with four different approaches to use with the
lesson. Offered through George Washington University.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Thousands of American
history-related materials are offered on this site, beginning with the
Colonial period through modern times. Educators may search for
resources by Period, Topic, or by using the Reference Room. This
site also includes links to relevant music from historical eras as well
as audio of important historical speeches.
Matters - "Designed for high school and college teachers and
students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and
offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history." Offered
through George Mason University.
iCivics - iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach
students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our
democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is
concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they
need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better
materials and support.
the House - From the Office of the Clerk, this site includes a
Lesson Plan Library for Parents and Teachers, with activities such as
how to have a mock debate, and understanding how a bill becomes a law.
Court Cases - "This site was developed to provide teachers with a
full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of
landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of
each case. The "Resources" section features basic building blocks such
as background summaries and excerpts of opinions that can be used in
multiple ways. The "Activities" section contains a range of short
activities and in-depth lessons that can be completed with students."
Law for Kids -
"LawForKids.org is America's first stand alone web site dedicated to
teaching children about the law. The Site was created by the Arizona
Foundation for Legal Services and Education with the specific goal of
educating Arizona's youth, their parents, communities and schools to
increase their knowledge about youth laws and to encourage law-abiding
Laws and the Courts: A Workbook for Upper Elementary Students - A
publication from the Connecticut Judicial Branch which educates students
on what laws are, who makes, enforces and interprets the laws, the
different types of courts, and the people who make up the Superior
Court. A glossary of legal terms and several quizzes are included.
Learning Page -
From the Library of Congress: "Here is a teacher's eye view of over 7
million historical documents, photographs, maps, films and audio
recordings. You will find lessons, features, activities, and tips and
tricks for using these collections in your classroom."
Library of Congress-Primary Documents in American History - "The
Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents in
American history. This Web site provides links to materials digitized
from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement and
enhance the study of these crucial documents."
National Online Youth Summit - "The purpose of these summits is to
encourage young people to think critically about a timely legal public
policy issue. The summits give students an opportunity to learn about
legal and policy issues with peers and policy resource persons."
Our Documents: A National
Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service - "To help us
think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens
in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of
American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity,
our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to
continue to strive to form a more perfect union."
Presidential Timeline - "The Presidential Timeline provides a single
point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from
the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National
Archives. Among these assets you'll find documents, photographs, audio
recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents' lives.
The goal of the project is to make these resources readily and freely
available to students, educators, and adult learners throughout the
Street Law - "Street
Law is practical, participatory education about law, democracy and human
rights. Through its philosophy and programs, Street Law empowers people
to transform democratic ideals into citizen action. Street Law's
programs do not end at the door of the classroom. Each student gains
essential lessons that can be used for life."
Student Press Law Center - The Student
Press Law Center is "devoted to educating high school and college
journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First
Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to
cover important issues free from censorship."
Supreme Court Historical
Society - This web site features an interesting array of resources
pertaining to the history of the United States Supreme Court, how the
Court works, a Learning Center, and Researching the Court section.
Teens, Crime and the
Community - "Teens, Crime and the Community is a nationwide effort
implemented at the local level to reduce the incidence of teen
victimization and engage teens as crime prevention resources in their
schools and communities."
UNICEF Voices of Youth - Voices of Youth consist of three forums: 1)
The Meeting Place is a forum where visitors "share ideas about important
world issues." 2) The Learning Place offers several "interactive global
learning projects." 3) The Teachers Place is "where teachers, trainers,
educational planners and young people can discuss the use of electronic
networks for global educational projects."