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Middle School Lessons, Programs and Resources for Classroom Use That Meet California History-Social Science Standards
Here are standards-based lessons, programs and resources on History, Law and Social Studies that educate as much as they engage
middle school students. Opportunities for creative approaches to traditional content will make your classroom interactive.


Looking for a specific California Standard?  Browse our Bill of Rights in Action Archives-Free lessons on U.S. History, World History, and Geography




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These CRF programs bring California students in touch with law-related and civic education, 21st century skills, and the principles of constitutional democracy.

Courtroom to Classroom (C2C)  brings judge and attorney teams to middle classrooms in Southern California where they engage students in PowerPoint-driven lessons and moot court activities.

mtart20121smMock Trial program helps middle school students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participants in our society.


For more interactive lessons and activities on law-related and civic education, explore our supplemental websites:

web_celebrateCelebrate America provides free classroom lessons and activities for meaningful celebration of America’s civic holidays. Currently available is an interactive site on the Fourth of July, which includes interactive PowerPoint presentations, reader’s theatre, plays, movies, music, puzzles, coloring books, and arts and crafts. Topics include the American Revolution, American Heros, Declaration of Independence, and the Thirteen Colonies.

web_judgescourtsJudges, Courts, and the Law is a joint effort of CRF and the Judicial Branch of California. Featuring stories, games, and other activities, the site helps students better understand the role that courts play in our democracy.

web_immigEducating About Immigration helps teachers and students address issues of immigration productively and critically. It is a one-stop informational and interactive clearinghouse on topics of U.S. immigration. It provides free lessons for students to learn more about immigration, its history, and current controversies.

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