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Black History Month

Educational activities for Black History Month - learn about voting rights and more

Election 2017 resources

Learn, think, decide, and vote! Find lesson plans, resources, activities, and nonpartisan information about the candidates, issues, election, government, news, and more

Community Letter

Students will use the example of an important community issue (Community Letter) to practice reading and analyzing informational text, and using the information to take informed civic action through interviews and sharing of feedback with officials.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17. This is an opportunity to incorporate civic learning into the classroom or dinner table discussion.

What’s important to my government?

Ever wonder what's most important to your government? Check out the budget! That's where government officials and policymakers work to establish funding priorities.

Local government: who does what?

All about local government. Find out who's in charge and what they do!

Free Washington Post

Digital version of Washington Post free!

Issue: Immigration Executive Order

Resources about Trump Executive Order on Immigration

Inaugurating a President

Hands-on activities to help students learn while watching, reading about, analyzing and discussing the Inauguration

Election 2016 Toolkit: K-12 Resources

Your Election 2016 Toolkit! Your source for Election 2016 resources and activities for K-12 teachers and students.

Election 2016 Candidate Debates

Video links, activities and resources for watching debates!

Charlotte police shooting - news and discussion

Discussion questions and news sources about Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

Vocabulary of Conventions

Do you know what a party platform is? A keynote? Find out here!

Political Conventions

Watch the political conventions to learn about the candidates - and LOTS more!

7 ways to learn on Independence Day

Our founding fathers knew why civic literacy matters. Celebrate Independence Day by building yours!

5 ways to learn on Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day by learning!

Charlotte ordinance

Non-discrimination ordinance is civic learning opportunity

Electoral College

Learn about electoral college, find classroom activities, and download map!

Charlotte vs. Denver: 10 ways to build civic literacy with the Super Bowl

What do you know about Charlotte and Denver? Get ready for the Super Bowl and build civic literacy!

Iowa Caucus

Educational resources for Iowa Caucus

I Have a Dream…

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) worked to advance civil rights in the United States and around the world.That was MLK's dream. What's yours? Here's an easy and meaningful activity for school or home

Primary Source Analysis

Simple, adaptable, and highly useful guides from Library of Congress

Resource Toolkit

Looking for a lesson plan, image, video, text, resource, or idea for civic learning? Search the resource toolkit.

Office of the President

What is the President's job? How does the President get elected?

Youth journalism

Writing and interviewing curriculum for classrooms and student journalists


A global news event that is rich with opportunities for classroom discussions, civic learning, news literacy, reading information, and lots more.

Teaching with Historic Places

Teaching with Historic Places offers lesson plans that use historic sites to explore history and lots more!

Learning opportunity: rethinking student assignment

How should a school district assign students to schools?

Case study: powers of state and local government

Explore the powers of local and state governments through a case study about NC legislation

Learning opportunity: Election 2015

Get ready to learn, think, decide, and act! Educates students about government, democracy, reading and analyzing info, the election process, making decisions, citizenship, and more!

Charleston Shooting

A collection of civic literacy resources for learning about the Charleston shootings and resulting actions

Health care law

Supreme Court reviews Affordable Care Act - a good opportunity to explore healthcare law and the 3 branches of government

Charlie Hebdo attacks

Resources for classroom learning and dialogue about Charlie Hebdo event

Today’s Front Pages

Search and compare newspaper front pages for current and historic events

Pearl Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor - a compelling history lesson rich with civic and news literacy

Global indicators database

Great digital tool highlights US/foreign citizen perceptions on key US and global issues.

What happens after the election is over?

Election Day's not the end of your role as an active is the beginning!

Newspapers in Education

Teachers, sign up for free e-edition subscription to Charlotte Observer

Learning opportunity: Election 2014

Get ready to learn about elections, voting, government and more! Educates students about democracy, reading and analyzing info, the election process, making decisions, citizenship, and more!

Issue: Distracted Driving

Highlight the public issue of distracted driving (especially texting while driving) and help students learn about roles of government, legislative process, leadership, civic participation and other topics.

Scotland votes

Should Scotland be independent? Resources and discussion questions to help students learn, think, and decide.

Checking facts

Check the facts like an expert!


Primary sources and more tools for D-Day

Liberty Walk for Meck Dec Day

Take a Liberty Walk for Meck Dec Day!

Editorial Cartoons

Editorial cartoons are a great classroom tool - Charlotte Observer's Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Kevin Siers and other resources

A new mayor for Charlotte (again)

Charlotte has a new mayor...again! Dan Clodfelter will serve until December 2015

Issue: Cannon in the news

An important historic event for the city, and a relevant civic learning opportunity

Gettysburg Address

Send your video of the Gettysburg Address, celebrate and learn about the historic speech

Flight 370

The mystery of flight 370 offers rich opportunities for classroom discussion and critical thinking.

Sochi Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia in February. Here are a few resources to help students to build civic literacy while following this exciting global event.

Maps and charts that explain the world

Great map and chart resources on a variety of topics, curated by the Washington Post.

Founding Documents and Founders’ Principles

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly approved the Founding Principles Act. It defines certain Founding Documents and Founders' Principles that high school students need to learn about and understand for civic literacy.

A New Mayor for Charlotte

Charlotte’s new mayor, Patrick Cannon, was sworn in on December 2, 2013. Use this learning opportunity to help students to explore local government, leadership, communication, policy, and more.

Issue: National Security and Surveillance

Students deliberate issues of national security and surveillance in this activity from CSPAN. Includes lesson plan, DBQ, news and video clips, and more.

What happens after election day?

Election 2013: after the vote. Voting's not the end of civic learning and participation - it is just the beginning!

How the government pays its debt

How does the government pay its debt? Check out this simple graphic.

Reading, Analyzing, and Using Information

Simple steps for reading and analyzing information including public policies, community issues, government actions and more.

Learning Opportunity: Election 2013

Educates students about democracy, reading and analyzing information, the election process, making decisions, different levels of government, ways that citizens participate in political life, and more.

News Literacy

Looking for digital tools to help your students learn about current - and historic - events? Use newspapers! Many great educational tools are offered online.

Explore the world’s constitutions

Wonder how different countries define the rights of citizens, or the voting process? Explore the world's constitutions with Constitute!

Issue: Voter ID

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly created and voted to approve new legislation about voting laws. In 2016, federal courts ruled that NC's Voter ID law is discriminatory.

Founders Online

Find the correspondence and other writings of 6 founders of the United States.

Teaching with the Records of Congress

Here's a great tool for using records from the National Archives and Center for Legislative Archives.

Issue: Charlotte Airport

Learn about government, read legislation, legal documents and other official government documents plus media coverage about future of CLT airport

Issue: Bonds

Learning about Election 2013 issue: bonds

North Carolina General Assembly

How does the NC General Assembly work?

Finding legislation online - a student’s guide

A student shares her tips on how to find legislation online

5 tips for being a good voter

GenerationNation develops a new generation of civic leaders.




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