The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
What does it mean to be a good citizen? Students investigate this question by looking at the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance, which foreign-born people must take to become naturalized American citizens, and thinking deeply about what are or should be crucial requirements of citizenship. This lesson guides students to closely examine information, to ask probing questions, and to take part in complex discussions with classmates.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Lewis Hine shot hundreds of photographs that exposed the working conditions facing thousands of child laborers in the first two decades of the twentieth century. His powerful images shed light on a world largely hidden from most middle-class Americans and influenced public debate about child labor laws. This lesson asks students to think critically about Hine’s photographs and their usefulness as evidence of the past.
Stanford History Education Group
Eagle Eye Citizen allows teachers and students to solve or create online interactive challenges while engaging with rich Library of Congress primary sources. Students learn civics content as well as primary source analysis skills.
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Learn how activists in Louisville, Kentucky successfully campaigned against segregated streetcars in 1870-71.
Learning for Justice
Students analyze strategies and significance of 1977 504 protests by disability rights activists.
Emerging America - Collaborative for Educational Services
Students will examine the life and actions of John Brown through primary sources and historical narrative.
Bill of Rights Institute
Advocacy is an action in which a person or group aims to affect change on a political, social or economic issue. People who are advocates engage in a variety of activities to generate awareness of their cause and initiate change including organizing public speaking events, media campaigns and support groups as well as conducting research and seeking solutions.
C-SPAN Television Networks/C-SPAN Classroom
This unit of lessons and tools examines the electoral processes of the American political system and encourages informed civic involvement.
As a highly-structured model for conversation, Deliberations allow teachers to help students cooperatively discuss contested political issues by carefully considering multiple perspectives and searching for consensus. This Deliberation focuses on compulsory voting.
Street Law Inc.
This resource is an interactive Google Site to lead students through the 10 Questions for Changemakers in order to create a student-led civics project.
The Democratic Knowledge Project - Harvard University
In this lesson, students learn about the expansion and restriction of voting rights in the United States. They examine laws and court rulings that have affected the voting rights of millions of Americans, brainstorm possible explanations for voter disengagement and explore a timeline of voting rights in the United States. In an extension activity, students learn how to register to vote.
Learning for Justice
In this lesson, students will learn some common myths about voting today, think through who these myths might benefit, learn why these myths are incorrect and consider how people might ensure every eligible citizen has a chance to vote. In an extension activity, students learn how to register to vote.