Civics Lesson Plans
- Budget Making- Introduce students to budgetss; learn about government
services and basic expenses; and create pie charts representing
government spending priorities.
- Center for Civic Education- Selected
curricular materials change monthly.
City- Define "good citizen," explore ways for students to volunteer
in the community, and create public service campaigns about the importance
of civic responsibility.
County, Community- Define the attributes of good places to live and
compare the local community to another American region.
Presidential Diary- Develop five first-person diary entries exploring
the duties and privileges of the presidency.
Political Cartoons - Students will analyze several political cartoons
to understand the common rhetorical strategies employed in the cartoons
and how these "work" in terms of putting across a message.
Elephants, and Voters- Learn about political parties by creating new
political parties and issue platforms. Plan for a mock convention.
For Freedom- Research slavery around the world today and find out
more about institutions working to end slavery.
The Word Out!- Explore issues in your community and write PSAs for
local media distribution.
Age Politics - The learner will describe innovations in technology
and business practices and assess their impact on economic, political,
and social life in America.
Speaking- Explore the relationship between congressional representation
and state population by graphing current statistics.
An Introduction To The National Debt- Introduce the causes and consequences
of national debt, relating it to personal debt, and brainstorming solutions.
Pot- Through surveys and interviews, identify how immigrants contribute
to contemporary American culture, and how they are changed by it.
Challenge- Explore how the Statue of Liberty symbolizes 19th century
American ideals, and design a monument to symbolize late 20th century
Portrait- Identify the features that make your community special,
through interviews and multimedia presentations.
Presidential Portraits- Redesign U.S. paper currency to recognize
six U.S. presidents and describe their significant accomplishments.
The Way- Evaluate transportation in your community and develop a proposal
to alleviate a specific transportation problem.
A Park- Develop a proposal to expand an existing park or create a
new one within your community.
Places Quilt- Honor past presidents and explore their connections
to Washington, D.C. landmarks through research and the creation of a class
Post Civil War - Students will be expected to analyze Political Cartoon
#1 aloud in a whole class setting with the guidance of the teacher.
Art- Using the work of Thomas Nast as introduction, explore the tools
of political cartoonists and create political cartoons of your own.
Participate in on online game about immigration in the late 19th century,
and create a game of your own about modern-day immigration to the U.S.
Mapping- Identify important governmental and institutional structures
in your town by creating an edible map.
Inside Story- Learn more about 19th century urban reformers, and identify
problems and solutions in your own community.
Perfect President- Identify the legal requirements, previous experiences,
and personality traits that equip someone to be a successful president.
Write a job description and a newspaper article.
Union Breaks Apart - To teach the students how the civil war started
and also how slavery was an issue.
Vote Or Not To Vote?- Examine the history of voting rights in America,
explore the current-day problem of low voter turnout, and create community
surveys to evaluate different ways to improve voter registration and voter
of Discovery- Research the settlers and native populations in your
It Say Today?- Research a local landmark and describe its significance
in your community's civic and cultural history.
Vote? A Public Awareness Campaign- Learn about the importance of government
services in your town, and design a public awareness campaign about voter
Make The Rules- Learn about the rules governing U.S. citizenship and
create your own club with a unique charter and bylaws.