How do I further students’ civic knowledge and understanding?
Students need a foundation of civic knowledge and understanding so that they can build informed opinions and perspectives, know about the structures and functions of government, and participate effectively in civic and political life. Students can develop this foundation by examining important civic documents, learning about concepts that will enable deep thinking about social issues, forging connections between important historical events and the present, as well as their lived experiences. Explore the resources on this page to learn more.
Actively Explore Civic Content
In the videos below, students actively explore important civic documents and historical periods and make connections between the past and the present.
Dive into Civic Concepts
Students in these videos dive into broad civic concepts like revolution, reaction, reform, and freedom to enable deep thinking about social issues
Learn about Important Historical Events
Watch the videos below and see how students examine historical events through primary source documents and video testimonies in order to understand their societal significance.
Hamilton: The Ten Dollar Founding Father Proves Priceless in American Classrooms
Read this blog post to learn how the story of Alexander Hamilton and the Broadway musical can be used in the classroom to explore important events in history and key themes in our society today. For more resources on teaching about Hamilton, visit the Hamilton Education Program and Hamilton’s America.
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
- Facing History and Ourselves
- Bill of Rights Institute
- National Constitution Center
- Harvard University’s Declaration Resources Project
- National Geographic’s Teaching Resources
- Stanford History Education Group
- USC Shoah Foundation
- Annenberg Classroom's Teaching the Constitution Guide
- The Constitutional Sources Project
- National History Day