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Civic Literacy

Participating effectively in civic life, staying informed and understanding government processes, and exercising the rights and obligations of citizenship.

Eleanor Roosevelt project

Mar 16, 2020


Project Bringing to Light the Vision and Voice of Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

essay contest on civil rights

Mar 16, 2020


Essay Contest on the Meaning of Civil Discourse

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.

Compare world constitutions

Feb 17, 2020


Lesson Plans to Bring the World’s Constitutions into the Classroom

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.

civic literacy

Feb 03, 2020


Network That Facilitates Learning About the Foundation of Democracy

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.

Jan 15, 2020


Realistic Simulations Involving Civil Discourse and Complex Decision-Making

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. 


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