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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 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.
September 26, 2016 to September 27, 2016
Ohio council for the Social Studies for the 60th Annual Conference on September 26-27, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio at the Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin.

UNICEF ACT Magazine for Kids

Today, an estimated 30 million children are on the run. They have fled their homes because of brutal violence, extreme poverty, or both. The newest edition of UNICEF ACT magazine for kids, “Children on the Move,” provides a comprehensive and child-friendly look at this global refugee crisis. Two separate publications are available for grades 3–5 and 6–8. Along with the magazines, educators can access teacher’s guides, supplemental activities, and ideas for taking action.

SOBA Report

The State of Black America (SOBA) is an annual report by the National Urban league that compares the status of blacks against whites (and Hispanics against whites), across a variety of indicators including education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement. The report, now in its 40th edition, contains essays authored by nationally recognized scholars. Each essay is based on one of the areas measured in the report. Read it all free at

TeachMideast Website

The Middle East Policy Council's educational initiative, TeachMideast, aims to give high school teachers and students the tools and knowledge to become better-informed global citizens. Curriculum resources, classroom guides, in-depth essays, professional development opportunities, and film and book lists are all available.

Africa: Entry Points for Teaching

Free at an Education Week blog, this article, by Boston University’s African Studies Center, provides educators with relevant and interesting introductory video clips that begin to undermine stereotypes about Africa through African voices and a variety of narratives. It states, "The video resources we have included here are only entry points to teaching about Africa and work best when used to frame more in-depth discussion.

Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics

Here’s an informal book review, excerpts from a blog posting  (, by NCSS member Kaye Rizzuto (who teaches  8th and 9th grade U.S. History as well as AP Human Geography at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan, Utah:

The 24 free lessons from Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit ( connect students to the current public policy dilemmas about the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit that confront the United States and its citizens. These 1-2 day lessons are not interdependent and are appropriate for students ranging from grades 9–12 in Civics/Government, Economics, U.S. History/Geography, World History/Global Studies/Geography, and Mathematics.

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The president´s annual speech to Congress on the condition of the nation offers students an opportunity to examine key domestic issues as well as the president´s proposals. (From Social Education
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