Just days after the start of the Greensboro sit-ins in February 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would become a widely influential speech titled, “A Creative Protest.”
The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University has launched Engaging Congress, a free interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the workings of American government and the challenges the government faces in contemporary society.
MediaWise is a nonprofit, nonpartisan project from the Poynter Institute empowering people of all ages to be more critical consumers of content online. The program teaches young people nationwide key digital literacy skills to spot misinformation and disinformation so they can make decisions based on facts, not fiction.
March is Women’s History Month—commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Eleanor Roosevelt (ER) was one of the most significant American women of the twentieth century, and she remains one of the most admired.
The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.
The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) launched Constitute in collaboration with Google Ideas in 2013. Accessible in English, Spanish, and Arabic, Constitute is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings high school and college students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings stemming from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves. These court hearings (not mock trials) are realistic simulations that showcase jury deliberations in which all students participate, using civil discourse skills.
The LBJ Presidential Library provides freely downloadable curriculum resources for addressing the issues during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. In the collection, teachers will find activities and accompanying primary source materials on civil rights, voting rights, elections, presidential powers, and more.
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s national video documentary competition encouraging students to think critically about issues that affect their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6–12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme What’s Your Vision in 2020?