Annenberg Classroom -
Resources for civic education. "This website connects our
award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution and its
amendments to daily civics news and student discussion."
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government For
Kids - "Ben's Guide provides information and activities
specifically tailored for educators, parents, and students in K-12.
These resources can help teach about our government and how it
Bill of Rights Institute - "The mission of the Bill of Rights
Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of
America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding
documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and
shape a free society."
Center for Civic Education - "The
Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related
education, and international educational exchange programs for
developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and
Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at
the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic
participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens."
Civics First - is a
private, non-profit association that conducts and promotes law-related
education programs in Connecticut’s public, private, and parochial
schools, including Mock Trial, Debate, and We the People, an immersion
in the United States Constitution. Students who participate in Civics
First programs develop self-confidence, critical thinking, and public
speaking skills while learning about the Constitution and the rule of
law. Established in 1976, Civics First partners with many private and
public groups and individuals throughout the state, including the bar,
state and federal courts, and institutions of higher education.
Close Up Foundation - "Close Up welcomes participation on its
programs without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability. To
carry out our mission, we partner with educators, schools, and youth
organizations throughout the country to help young people develop
the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens."
Network (CT-N) State Civics Toolbox - This site "offers lesson
plans and classroom activities that utilize videotaped debates of
bills before the Connecticut General Assembly. Videos are available
to middle school and high school teachers free of charge from The
Connecticut Network, a non-profit broadcast service covering
Connecticut State Government."
Courts to Classes - from the U.S. Courts Web Site "As part of
the Federal Judiciary's educational outreach program, this site is
designed to assist educators in teaching about the federal court
system in ways that are consistent with law-related education
practices and relevant social studies standards. Content focuses on
the purpose, structure, and function of the courts and is driven by
the input, needs, and experiences of educators across the country."
Famous Trials, by Doug Linder (2004) - Available from the
University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law, this web site provides
extensive resources, including striking photographs and portraits,
of 35 of the most famous trials in history.
Federal Congress Project - "This exhibit contains extensive
opportunities for using primary documents to explore the actions,
issues and significance of the First Federal Congress (FFC), which,
as the exhibit explains, was a virtual "second sitting" of the
Federal Constitutional Convention." The site includes an
introductory classroom lecture along with four different approaches
to use with the lesson. Offered through George Washington
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Thousands of
American history-related materials are offered on this
site, beginning with the Colonial period through modern times.
Educators may search for resources by Period, Topic, or by using the
Reference Room. This site also includes links to relevant music
from historical eras as well as audio of important historical
for Children (GIC) - GIC’s mission is to promote government information
in order to engage K-12 students in learning about the arts, literature,
history, culture, science, technology, and government through games and
other interactive activities; to assist teachers and school librarians
with locating teaching aids, lesson plans, and exciting tools to enhance
students' learning; and to provide librarians with a collection of free
government resources to advance their reference interview and collection
Matters - "Designed for high school and college teachers and
students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and
offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history." Offered
through George Mason University.
iCivics - iCivics is a web-based education project designed to
teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in
our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor,
who is concerned that students are not getting the information and
tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers
need better materials and support.
Kids in the House - From
the Office of the Clerk, this site includes a Lesson Plan Library
for Parents and Teachers, with activities such as how to have a mock
debate, and understanding how a bill becomes a law.
Court Cases - "This site was developed to provide teachers with
a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of
landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key
issues of each case. The "Resources" section features basic building
blocks such as background summaries and excerpts of opinions that
can be used in multiple ways. The "Activities" section contains a
range of short activities and in-depth lessons that can be completed
Library of Congress-Primary Documents in American History - "The
Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents
in American history. This Web site provides links to materials
digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that
supplement and enhance the study of these crucial documents."
Our Documents: A National
Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service - "To help us
think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens
in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of
American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity,
our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to
continue to strive to form a more perfect union."
Street Law - "Street Law is
practical, participatory education about law, democracy and human
rights. Through its philosophy and programs, Street Law empowers
people to transform democratic ideals into citizen action. Street
Law's programs do not end at the door of the classroom. Each student
gains essential lessons that can be used for life."
Student Press Law Center - The Student
Press Law Center is "devoted to educating high school and college
journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the
First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their
struggle to cover important issues free from censorship."
Historical Society - This web site features an interesting array of
resources pertaining to the history of the United States Supreme Court,
how the Court works, a Learning Center, and Researching the Court
UNICEF Voices of Youth - Voices of Youth consist of three
forums: 1) The Meeting Place is a forum where visitors "share ideas
about important world issues." 2) The Learning Place offers several
"interactive global learning projects." 3) The Teachers Place is
"where teachers, trainers, educational planners and young people can
discuss the use of electronic networks for global educational