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Center for Civic Education 

The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in California. The Center is dedicated to promoting a responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy.

The principal goals of the Center for Civic Education are to:

  • Help students develop an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy,
  • The skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens,
  • The willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict.

The Center offers free lesson plans about the U.S. Constitution, the role of citizens in a democracy, and voter education. 60-Second Civics is the Center's daily podcast and quiz that offers students a brief and entertaining way to learn about the U.S. Constitution and laws. Visit the Center online at www.civiced.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CenterforCivicEducation or on Twitter at @CivicEducation.

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Remembering 9/11: Building Tolerance
  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS
These building tolerance lessons asks students to look not just at the events of 9/11 but at the following days and years. Students explore the parts...
The Legacy of Ronald Reagan
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
This lesson traces Ronald Reagan's ascent from obscurity to the pinnacle of political power in the United States. It also examines the constitutional...
Rosa Parks Lesson Plan: A Quest for Equal Protection
  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS
This Rosa Parks lesson plan asks students to revisit the well-known story of a figure in the civil rights movement—Rosa Parks—through the primary...
What Ideas Are in the Constitution's Preamble?
  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS
This lesson explores some of the ideas in the Preamble to the Constitution. Students read the Preamble and develop definitions for the six key...
9/11 and the Constitution
  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
The anniversaries of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, and the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, provide...
Orb and Effy Learn about Authority
  • Social Studies
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
This lesson introduces the study of authority. Children learn when people are exercising authority and when they are exercising power without...
Executive Branch & Checks and Balances
  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS, HS
The president of the United States is among the most powerful political figures in the world. In the international realm, the president speaks for...
Lesson Plan: George Washington and Executive Power
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson looks at the legacy of George Washington, perhaps the most influential leader in the creation of the American nation. Through his...
James Madison and Executive Power
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson examines the legacy of the "philosopher statesman," James Madison. Madison combined the intellectual knowledge and creativity of the...
Ronald Reagan and Executive Power
  • Social Studies
  • High School
“Ronald Reagan and Executive Power” examines the use of presidential powers by Ronald Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States. It...