• Student Voices: Bringing Civics to Life - Student Voices helps inform High School students about current issues in government and about candidates in local elections. Students can use a feature-rich website to research local and national issues.
  • Desktop Democracy - This is an instructional resource that takes advantage of two award-winning interactive political simulations (Election Day and Virtual Congress) to capture your students' attention and draw them into the political process.
  • Do You Have the Right? - From the Bill of Rights institute, each activity is created to teach students about the responsibilities of citizenship and is based on a monthly constitutional theme. This site is highly interactive and very student friendly.
  • Kids Voting USA!  - Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, an authentic voting experience and family dialogue. Instructional materials provide K-12 teachers with valuable civic learning tools to be used throughout the school year, every year. In addition to classroom activities about voting and elections, students also explore the right to vote, democracy and active citizenship.
  • Democracy in Action  - This free, four-lesson curriculum is non-partisan and created to encourage young Americans to become informed and active participants in the electoral process. The project brings High School students trained by their teachers into elementary schools to teach students about democracy and voting. The culminating experience is devoted to actual voting with equipment used by election officials.
  • eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics - Students can be part of a virtual political campaign with this interactive, nonpartisan game from Cable in the Classroom. Kids choose a party, develop a platform, and decide how to respond to roadblocks, raise and spend funds, and cultivate a voter base.
  • The Annenberg Public Policy Center - Annenberg Classroom offers a wide variety of lesson plans, multi-media programs, and other teaching materials all centered around the Constitution and Public Policy issues.
  • C-Span Classroom  - There is a membership fee to receive the materials. The benefits include: access to C-SPAN Classroom's fully searchable database of C-SPAN video clips as well as classroom resources that are linked to national standards in U.S. government and civics. (Including discussion questions, student activities, graphic organizers, worksheets, and quizzes created by fellow educators.)Educators also receive e-mail updates about C-SPAN programs and C-SPAN Classroom web resources relevant to social studies education.
  • Democratic Dialogue  - This initiative has information about research projects, publications, and events to assist educators in the pursuit of creative approaches to projects that engage themes of democracy education, and society.
  • The American Promise Program  - Lesson plans, ideas to bring democracy to life, supplement to free videos produced by the original PBS series.
  • Teaching Social Responsibility - This is a project of Educators for Social Responsibility and all the lessons and activities are inquiry oriented. A nice collection of lessons for teaching students social responsibility.
  • YMCA Michigan Youth in Government  - This program duplicates as nearly as practicable the state's political/government process. Students choose to be representatives and senators or serve as legislative support staff and members of the executive branch of government. The program culminates in going to Lansing for the students to deliberate on proposed legislation, which they have written back in their hometowns.
  • Learning to Give - Over 400 field-tested, standards-based lessons focusing on voluntary action for the common good. Downloadable, with assessments, rubrics, etc. Click on "Teaching Materials."
  • Justice Learning - Justice Learning is an innovative, issue-based approach for engaging high school students in informed political discourse. The web site uses audio from the Justice Talking radio show and articles from The New York Times to teach students about reasoned debate and the often-conflicting values inherent in our democracy. The web site includes articles, editorials and oral debate from the nation's finest journalists and advocates. All of the material is supported by age-appropriate summaries and additional links. In addition, for each covered issue, the site includes curricular material from The New York Times Learning Network for high school teachers and detailed information about how each of the institutions of democracy (the courts, the Congress, the presidency, the press and the schools) affect the issue.
  • Deliberating in a Democracy - An International initiative designed to improve student understanding of democratic principles and civic deliberation skills.
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility - This site aims to encourage critical thinking on issues of the day. It offers readings, study questions, and links to useful sources that teachers can use to present lessons on many different topics.
  • Civic Learning Online - Publicize your work and share ideas with other educators on Civic learning online, a free database.
  • Tolerance.org - A web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, it has many lesson plans and videos at no charge for K-12 educators. Teachers will find instructional kits on many topics on the United States' struggles to ensure liberty and justice for all.
  • CHOICES for the 21st Century Program - CHOICES for the 21st Century is an educational outreach program of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Through its curricular resources, professional development programs, and special projects, CHOICES engages secondary level students in current and historical international issues and contributes to a renewal of civic engagement among young people in the United States. These excellent materials are for purchase.
  • Street Law - Street Law is practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights. A unique blend of content and methodology, Street Law uses techniques that promote cooperative learning, critical thinking, and the ability to participate in a democratic society. For 30 years, Street Law, Inc.'s programs and curricula have promoted knowledge of legal rights and responsibilities, engagement in the democratic process, and belief in the rule of law, among both youth and adults.
  • United States Institute for Peace - The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide.
  • iLearn - The International Education and Resource Network is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
  • The Henry Ford: With Liberty & Justice for All - Explore America's fight for freedom, witness the struggle to achieve it, and celebrate the courage to maintain it through this new exhibit. With Liberty & Justice for All is organized around 4 key topics: Independence, Freedom & Union, Votes for Women, and their Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit is appropriate for grades 4-12.
  • Close-Up - Lessons, teacher/student programs, plus First Vote voter registration program with free video & teacher guide.
  • The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding - The controversy surrounding the Park51 Cultural Center in lower Manhattan has been at the forefront of the media and the nation's consciousness. The Center has tackled this divisive debate by creating resources for educators to help turn the Park51 controversy into a teachable moment. In addition to a free, downloadable curriculum guide, the site provides balanced materials and resources to address this contentious conflict. The materials are designed to help educators encourage students to think critically about Park51 specifically and conflict in general, to ask hard questions, to learn about conflicts in life and to identify and use civil ways to resolve them.
  • Project Vote Smart - VoteSmart has developed the CivicsMatters curriculum, available as a set of four lessons One of the lessons is designed to introduce students to the availability of the vast store of information on the Vote Smart Web site. Additional lessons challenge students to move through the information on the site to answer essential questions. Each lesson contains a listing of the background information necessary for students, teacher instructions, additional activities (usually a worksheet), a list of materials and suggestions for classroom discussion.