Civics & Civic Holidays Lesson Plans & Resources

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Teaching resources related to civics or upcoming civic holidays for all grade levels.  Popular topics include Constitution Day, Brown v. Board of Education, Election, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Women's History Month and more. 

 

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On May 17, 1954 the Brown v. Board of Education decision was made. This landmark Supreme Court decision declared that laws establishing separate public schools for black and white children were unconstitutional. The Brown v. Board of Education ruling overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of...

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Originally proposed by President Kennedy in 1963, this landmark piece of legislation made discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin illegal. Additionally, the Civil Rights Act ended the...

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These classroom resources complement the 2015 AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference program. To access these materials, you will need to create an account on Share My Lesson. It takes just 30 seconds to join, and registration and...

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Each year the United States celebrates Constitution Week, which commemorates the adoption of the US Constitution. Created in 1956, the purpose of the week-long celebration is to promote civics education and the study of the Constitution. This year the event will take place between September 16...

March 31 is César Chávez Day. The Share My Lesson team has identified lesson plans and resources you can use with your students to celebrate the life and legacy of this civil rights and labor activist.

Topics span his early days as a migrant farmworker, his co-founding of the United Farm...

On July 4 each year, the United States celebrates Independence Day. This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in which citizens of the 13 American colonies announced their break from the British Empire and their intention to form a new nation: the...

Inspire your students with lessons about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This updated collection features lesson plans, class activities and blogs to help your preK-12 students explore his commitment to the labor movement and the fight for economic justice and dignity, as well...

Each year, on the final Monday of May, we celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a solemn day where we remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving our country. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, a time when Americans remembered those who...

Presidents Day was originally established in 1885 as “Washington’s Birthday” to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday on February 22. In 1971, the federal government renamed the holiday Presidents Day in order to honor all U.S. presidents, past and present.

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Find new ways to teach your students about the meaning of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Share My Lesson's collection of free, vetted K-12 resources and activities has new ideas, including how to turn this holiday into a community action day and a helpful toolkit for children of military families....

Use these timely preK-12 lesson plans and class activities to incorporate key figures and historical events in your Women’s History Month lesson planning. This Share My Lesson collection spans topics like women’s suffrage and women’s rights and features influential women in science, social...