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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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Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education

Books by NCSS Members

James A. Banks, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, and Miriam Ben-Peretz. Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education: Improving Policy and Practice (Multicultural Education Series). New York: Teachers College Press, 2016. Paperback, $44.95, 256 pages.

Hispanic History and Heritage

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet a lack of resources on Central American heritage in many schools makes the rich history and literature of the region "invisible." A Teaching for Change website hosts a collection of lessons, book lists, biographies of noted historical figures, and readings-- free for K-12 classroom teachers.

Teaching Statistics with the Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is bringing statistics into the classroom with Statistics in Schools (SIS)—its newly updated program that provides teachers with activities that use real census data. Teachers can incorporate statistics into their lessons regardless of what subject they teach or their experience level with statistics. Activities are designed for history, sociology, geography, and math classrooms—promoting cross-curricular education and showing that there is a place for data and statistics in all subjects.

No Impact (on the Environment) Lessons

The middle-level “No Impact Project” curriculum uses film and printed matter (including lesson handouts) to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being. It will also challenge students to think about how the systems in our present society influence our lifestyle choices in ways that often are not good for environment. Finally, it will guide students to take action both individually and with others to bring about positive change.

Teaching Kit (What We Do at the Fed)

"What We do At the Federal Reserve," is a free teaching kit for grades 9-12. The Federal Reserve is often in the news, yet few Americans understand The Fed's role in our economy. This classroom kit gives teachers some hands-on activities to explain the role of the Fed. Developed by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this kit provides a curriculum guide that emphasizes key points teachers can highlight while studying topics like how prices, inflation, and how monetary policy affects our economy.

Global Folklorist Challenge

The third annual Global Folklorist Challenge gets students (ages 8-18) involved in learning about their own families and communities. It's co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and ePals/Cricket Media.

World's Largest Lesson: Sustainable Development

The World’s Largest Lesson is a great opportunity to involve children and young people in the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Teach a lesson or lead an assembly that includes a specific focus on women and girls. Children can take part in a project and share their results online. Visit and  
“In September 2015, world leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, 17 Goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: 

Founding Principles (Video)

A new series of short videos is being offered free by Bowdoin College as its contribution to a national effort aimed at improving civics education in the United States. “Founding Principles: American Governance in Theory and Action,” is a series comprising 15 video episodes, each 11-15 minutes in length, that serve as a readily available instructive tool for use in grade 9-12 classrooms and by anyone interested in better understanding the American system of government.

Service Learning in Higher Ed (Book by NCSS Member)

M. Gail Hickey, ed. Reflecting on Service‐Learning in Higher Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 230 pages. $80.0 cloth; 79.77 eBook.


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