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Black History Month

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

State of the Union

Lots of activities for the State of the Union

Do you have a dream, too?

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) worked to advance civil rights in the United States and around the world. That was his dream. What's yours? Here's an easy and meaningful activity for school or home - a great opportunity for students to envision their “dreams

Thanksgiving: A National Holiday

Getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving? In addition to giving thanks, use this holiday as an opportunity for civic learning.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a civic learning opportunity. Explore explore history, civics, reading and writing, 21st century content and more. Here are a few great resources!

September 11

In addition to learning about what happened in 2001, you can use 9-11 as a civic learning opportunity for family or classroom dialogue.

Inaugurating a President

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

Election 2016 Candidate Debates

Video links, activities and resources for watching debates!

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!

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?

Presidential Voices

A collection of audio recordings of US Presidents from after reconstruction to the present.

Case study: powers of state and local government

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

Landmark Cases

Great resources on landmark cases including Marbury v Madison, Brown v Board of Education and more

Half a million historic events on video

A great resource for historical footage dating back to 1895

Health care law

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


Learning about foreign diplomacy and current issues

Today’s Front Pages

Search and compare newspaper front pages for current and historic events

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

Scotland votes

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


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

Gettysburg Address

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

Maps and charts that explain the world

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

Online Museums

Interactive history museums online

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.

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.

Reading, Analyzing, and Using Information

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

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.

Finding legislation online - a student’s guide

A student shares her tips on how to find legislation online

GenerationNation develops a new generation of civic leaders.




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