Making a Change,
a learning module from Newseum Digital
Classroom, explores how the First Amendment shaped the civil rights
movement. Students can delve into hundreds of historical newspapers, videos,
photographs, and more to find out how the five freedoms empowered people
fighting for change—and those fighting against it. Individuals—young and old,
black and white, male and female, rich and poor—became part of this movement. The website includes an interactive timeline featuring more
than 200 historical front pages, videos, and photographs; a media map comparing newspapers’
front-page coverage of civil rights events across the country; a gallery of multimedia panels showcasing
contemporary civil rights issues and the changes students are making in their
communities; and standards-aligned lesson
plans that support historical
thinking, media literacy, and civic engagement and offer the
opportunity for students to submit their work for display on Digital Classroom.
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 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.
The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) launched Constitutein 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.