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CRF’s civil conversation method gets your students engaged in policy-based discussions on crucial controversies of the day. Students are encouraged to engage intellectually with challenging materials, gain insight about their own point of view, and strive for a shared understanding of issues.

ice_coverImmigration Enforcement Raids
There has been growing debate over the policies of the federal agency that investigates and enforces the nation’s immigration laws. That agency is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Agents of ICE frequently conduct immigration enforcement operations, commonly called “raids,” in early morning hours to arrest undocumented immigrants.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis and U.S. Policy
The United States has been a safe haven for the world’s refugees throughout its history. In recent years, violent and brutal conflicts in the Syrian civil war have driven millions of people from their homes. What should U.S. policy be for these refugees?


Political Conflict, Spring 2016 (31:3) 
  • The Election of 1912
  • The Great Rivalry: Disraeli vs. Gladstone
  • Edward Snowden, the NSA, and Mass Surveillan


hobbes locke rouseauHobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau on Government   

This study of Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau is designed to give students an understanding of the ideas of these four philosophers and is also an opportunity for them to reflect on humanity's need for order and efforts to create stability within the social community more. . . 

federalist_newIf Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution With The Federalist Papers    

Just days after the new Constitution was signed, many New York newspapers began to attack it. They said that the new Constitution took away the rights Americans had won in the Revolution.

This lesson explores the Federalist Papers. First, students engage in a discussion about how they get information about current issues. Next, they read a short history of the Federalist Papers and work in small groups to closely examine the text. Then, each small group presents its ideas to the class as a catalyst for further, large-group discussion. Finally, students more. . .

Civic Action Project (CAP)

CAP is a different kind of civics and government course. Think of it as a culmination of what students learn through the course of their social studies education, a chance to apply what they have learned in the real world experience of taking civic action. Learn more about CAP.

Learning civics by doing civics with. . . Civic Action Project 

We invite NEW teachers to join us for this interactive introduction to the Civic Action Project (CAP).
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at  Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Educating About Immigration is a new web site devoted to issues of immigration for the classroom from CRF!

Educating About Intellectual Property CRF and Street Law, Inc. are collaborating on an exciting new web resource on intellectual property.  

Bill of Rights in Action Many lessons on U.S. history, world history, and government

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