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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks. Read about all of them at
Deadline for applying is March 1, 2017.

Here is an example of one NEH Summer Seminar:

Teaching in the Post-Election Period

(Posted November 23, 2016)

Resources from the NCSS Publications Archive to support your continuing instruction.


PolitiCraft: An Action Civics Card Game for the Classroom

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Play PolitiCraft, a new card game where your students can DO civics. Experience how fun and easy it is to bring the game into your classroom.

From the Past to the Present: Taking Informed Action

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
8:45am to 9:45am
Dimension 4 of the C3 framework requires that students take informed action. Learn how to take students from inquiry to active citizenship by helping them connect historical events to current events, and then take informed action.

Fostering Civic Engagement through Productive Dialogue

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
8:45am to 9:45am
Now that the election is over, it's more important than ever to foster productive dialogue about civic engagement. We the Voters is an anthology of 20 short, nonpartisan films focusing on democracy and U.S. governance, with free materials written by PBS Education. Learn how to use these standards-aligned materials to start conversation in the classroom.

Law Library of Congress and

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
The Law Library of Congress has the largest global legal collection in the world. Learn about and the Law Library’s digital collections and publications, infographic maps, blog, and more.

Interactive Constitution

The Interactive Constitution (created by the Constitution Center) is now available free from the App Store and Google Play, so teachers and students can carry the Constitution with them at all times. Visit the website ( Then get the app on Google Play or download it in the App Store.

Why Vote? 5th Graders Take Informed Action

What does the C3 Framework look like in a fifth grade classroom? This five-minute video produced by Social Studies School Service provides a snapshot of high quality C3 social studies instruction designed to prepare students for active and engaged citizenship.

Is U.S. Democracy too Fragile for Voluntary Voting? Should We Require Voting?

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
In this session participants will engage in a lively facilitated deliberation about whether we should adopt mandatory voting in the United States. This deliberation will model a best-case, fair hearing of different points of view.


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