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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 Find us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @CivicEducation.

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What Ideas Are in the Constitution's Preamble?
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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...
Remembering 9/11: Building Tolerance
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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
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
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...
9/11 and the Constitution
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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
  • Civic Participation
  • 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
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 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
  • Functions of Government
  • 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
  • Functions of Government
  • 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
  • Functions of Government
  • High School
“Ronald Reagan and Executive Power” examines the use of presidential powers by Ronald Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States. It...