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Roadmap to Civic Action Webinar Series

Join us for our FREE Roadmap to Civic Action webinar series! Each webinar of this monthly three-part series will focus on a different step of the Civic Action Project process and preview specific resources designed to ensure the best civic outcomes for your students.

Culminating Activities: Capturing the Experience - Thursday, Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. (PT)

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Civics on Call

Classroom-ready lessons on issues of the day! 
New Lessons: Youth  and Police. 

Election Central 2016

Explore the electoral process past and present, in the United States and around the world.


The Troubled Elections of 1796 and 1800

Cyrus the Great and the Creation of the Persian Empire

Free Trade, Globalization, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership  


From our friends, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

ABOTA’s Teachers Law School, brings you some of the best and brightest members of the bench and bar share practical realities of the civil and criminal law procedures and systems.

The ABOTA Foundation’s Teachers Law School program is designed for middle and high school educators.

October 28 - Corpus Christi, TX

November 4 - Edinburg, TX (Region One) 

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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.

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Black History Month

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California Civics Day for Teachers Civics lessons and resources to encourage participation in professional development opportunities.

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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Mock Trial

Teaching American History


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Criminal Justice in America The best introductory text on the criminal justice system.

Adventures in Law and History Motivating lessons for upper-elementary students.