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Power Play (Authors praise iCivics)

iCivics is featured in a new book exploring how video games are pioneering social change around the world.
POWER PLAY: How Video Games Can Save the World by Asi Burak and Laura Parker devotes a chapter to iCivics’ origin story to illustrate how video games can be a force for good in society.
The chapter narrated how Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was inspired to turn educational video games into the nation’s largest civic engagement project, which is now used by over 5 million students every year.

Immigration and Human Rights

As questions arise in the classroom about immigration policy (treatment of asylum seekers, fate of refugees fill both the news and "fake news" in every medium from print of cyber tweet), human rights educators can help their students explore these contentious issues using materials from the Advocates for Human Rights -- online for free.

Suggested on NCSS Connected by Rosemary Blanchard

Commentary Today: The U.S. Constitution (NCC & iCivics)

The National Constitution Center (NCC) and iCivics launched a new digital site called - where Americans can share their thoughts about the U.S. Constitution and what they value most about the document.
  Videos at this website feature, among many others,

* Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI);

Civil Rights Lesson Plan (

Looking for a lesson plan that will launch young people into imagining themselves as agents of change? "Kids in Birmingham 1963" shares its second ready-to-go lesson, "What would YOU do?: The 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade." Students read brief interview statemets from four people, black and white, who were youth in Birmingham at the time of the march. Today's students reflect on whether they would have joined -- or not.

African American History (NCSS journals)

Your NCSS journals are published and posted online: Social Education and/or Social Studies and the Young Learner. A few articles are "open access," free PDFs at The online magazine Middle Level Learning awaits there now—for NCSS members only. Here’s a peek at what’s new in these publications:

In our country, there is a widespread fascination with African American history, as has been demonstrated by the long daily lines and packed galleries at The National Museum of African American History and Culture ever since it opened on the Mall in Washington, DC last September. The upcoming January-February special issue of Social Education will focus on African American history. Its guest editors are LaGarrett J. King and Terrie Epstein. The authors offer lessons and recommend resources for the classroom, seek ways of combining theory and practice in the study of African American history, and share fascinating and original insights into effective ways of engaging young people in studying this history.


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