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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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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.

Teaching about the Elections

= NCSS Members-only resource

For Secondary/High School from Social Education

Teaching in the Time of Trump

Socialism in the United States: Hidden in Plain Sight

(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate 

Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns

Political Polling Past and Present


For Middle Level from Middle Level Learning

Making Choices: An Explanation of Political Preferences

Using Cartograms to Explore the Electoral College: Comparing 1908 with 2008


For Elementary from Social Studies and the Young Learner

Teaching about Elections during a Presidential Election Year

Teaching and Learning about the U.S. President: Activities for an Election Year

Scaffolding Classroom Discourse in an Election Year: Keeping a Cool Mood in a Heated Season


Other Resources from Our Colleagues

Chase the Race
Student led interviews and other activities to get your students ready to participate.

National Student/Parent Mock Election
National student voting begins on October 24 and culminates on November 3

Project Look Sharp
A media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for critical thinking.

Teaching for Democracy Alliance
Resources to help you define your student engagement strategy

We the Voters
A collection of 20 free, short films (documentary, narrative, and animation) that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and U.S. governance.

What Every School Administrator Should Know About the C3 Framework

Explore resources and suggestions for guiding educators through various implementation phases of the C3 Framework. "Observational protocols" for site administrators to use when observing classroom practices are shared.

Using the C3 Framework to Inform State Policies and Practices

This recorded webinar describes how state departments of education can utilize the C3 framework to create new state social studies frameworks, update social studies standards, support existing social studies standards and, most importantly, improve classroom instruction. The presenters will describe how adopting and/or supporting the use of the C3 Framework can support and strengthen overall social studies education, improve civic learning, and enhance the integration of literacy standards.

What Every Methods Teacher Should Know about the C3 Framework

An introduction to the Inquiry Design Model™ (IDM), a distinctive approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials that honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids over-prescription, and focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the Inquiry Arc of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards.

Lead the Way! Tips and Tools to Introduce, Plan, and Implement the C3 Framework at your School Site/District

In this recorded webinar, participants explore resources and suggestions for guiding educators through various implementation phases of the C3 Framework.

Develop Your Own C3 Lessons

Presented by Michelle Herczog, this recorded webinar describes how Social Studies and English Language Arts Methods Instructors at Schools of Education can utilize the C3 Framework as a vehicle for training teacher education students how to use the C3 Framework to meet the Common Core State Standards through the social studies curriculum.

June 8, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
During this webinar, participants will learn the art of crafting resolutions – the process, timelines, and much more.  Participants will also be encouraged to share the challenges they face in writing resolutions. The webinar will also include a lively conversation on how Councils might institutionalize a process that leads to resolution writing, starting with gathering input from the grassroots level.

Developing State and Local Social Studies Standards

A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies Approved 2014


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