Curriki’s Curated Standards-Aligned Civics Course.

This collection includes eight units that cover the major content for a high school civics course. These curated resources will enable educators, parents, and students to quickly and easily find vetted materials that map to standards and learning objectives. All collections are available free to educators, students, and parents. The resources are aligned to the College, Career, and Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

In the spirit of OERs, Curriki encourages educators and districts to adapt the materials to meet their own needs. The collection is designed to accommodate many different students’ learning styles and levels of comprehension. Each unit includes a suggested unit plan and recommendations for enrichment, ELD support, and flipped classrooms. The materials are sourced from a variety of websites and organizations including the Bill of Rights Institute, iCivics, Crash Course, Ted-Ed, the Library of Congress, the National Constitution Center, and Street Law.


Foundations of Government

The Constitution

The Judicial Branch and Civil Liberties

The Legislative Branch

The Executive Branch

Political Parties and Ideology

State and Local Governments

Comparative Governments

In addition to the specific resources in the collection, teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to use the following materials to support Civics education in a variety of areas.

Active Civic Learning Opportunities: 

Model United Nationsis an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision-making.

Student Poll Worker Program helps eligible high school students to serve as poll workers on Election Day. Student poll workers learn firsthand how elections are run and provide much needed support at polling place locations. They end their day with a better understanding of the importance of voting and the vital role poll workers play in making our elections run smoothly.

The Youth and Government Programallows high school students to serve in model governments at the local, state, national, and international levels and currently serves 38 states and Washington, DC.

The Constitutional Rights’ Foundation Civic Action Projectis a project-based learning opportunity designed to provide students with a chance to apply what they have learned to the real world and impact an issue that matters to them.


Khan Academy: American Civics is a series of video lectures on civics related topics.

Crash Course: Government and Politicsis a series of fifty short videos that teach viewers about government and politics.

Ted-Ed LessonsandTed Talksoffer videos about power, politics, and protests.


Please Vote for Me is a 2007 documentary film following the elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class of eight-year-old children in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China.

All the President’s Men is a 1976 film about a pair of Washington Post reports who uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

12 Angry Men is a 1958 film about a jury trial in which a jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Thirteen Daysis a 2000 film about how the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Frost-Nixon is a 2008 film that covers the retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Lincoln is a 2012 film that covers America’s president as he struggles with the challenges of the Civil War and the fights within his own cabinet on the issue of slavery.

Dead Man Walking is a 1995 film about the death penalty and the complicated issues around its use.

Simplified Content: 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers lesson plans with instructions and teaching strategies for novice and seasoned ESL instructors preparing students for U.S. citizenship. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test as well as language needed for the reading and writing portions of the English Test. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.

Current Issues:

The New York Times: The Learning Networkoffers rich materials for teaching and learning using NY Times content. Every weekday there are new educational resources based on the articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, podcasts, and graphics published in the NY Times. action=click&contentCollection=learning&region=navbar&module=collectionsnav&pagetype=collection&pgtype=collection

C-Span Classroom has free video-based materials for social studies teachers. Teachers must sign-up for a free account in order to access the bell ringers and lesson plans. The content provided enhances the teaching of civics through C-SPAN’s primary source programming and websites.

Newseum ED explores important current topics in-depth using primary sources, artifacts, and interactive learning tools.










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A collection of resources to support instruction on the the foundations of government as part of a secondary Civics course.
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