GenerationNation's educational tools and programs offer students in kindergarten through high school a wide range of opportunities to learn about government, citizenship, leadership and more.
Classroom activities introduce K-8 students to civic learning through social studies, math and language arts and further strengthen civic knowledge and skills in high school World History, Civics & Economics, US History and other courses. The resources are tied to Common Core and other educational goals, and support 21st century learning including - but not limited to - civic literacy. Hands-on activities enable students to experience civics and leadership in action - the best way to learn.
Essential for college, career and civic life
Students need to understand how our governments and communities work, the roles of citizens and leaders, the impacts of policies and decisions, and be able to evaluate information, think critically and make decisions. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has defined 'Government and Civics' as a core subject and theme essential for student mastery in the 21st century. Further, civic literacy is highlighted as an interdisciplinary theme to be woven into core subjects for higher level competency.
Read about the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework - how does social studies tie in with Common Core?
Variety of themes and concepts, including:
|Civic literacy, leadership, skills||Informational literacy, critical thinking, decision making, analyzing data, civic leadership, career exploration (government, public service, media, business), civility, civic building blocks|
|Democracy||Citizenship, civic rights and responsibilities, civic engagement|
|Elections and voting||Election process, suffrage/right to vote, informed voting, candidates/debates|
|Events and holidays||Constitution Day, Elections and Conventions, Veterans Day, Inauguration Day, MLK Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, State of the Union|
Local government, state government, federal government, branches of government, federalism, President, Congress, roles of governments, local government leaders, local government budgets, policies, opportunities for civic engagement, Governor, judicial system, General Assembly, US and NC Constitutions
|History||Democracy, leadership, government, political systems, citizenship, Founding Documents|
|Law||Court system, US Constitution, laws and ordinances, Supreme Court, NC Constitution, legislation|
|Media literacy||1st Amendment, informed citizenship, reading information, current events|