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Constitutional Rights Foundation
The CRF offers a Service Learning NETWORK  that explores how juvenile-justice agencies have begun to rethink their approach to court-ordered, mandatory community service. Called community service learning (CSL), this new, justice-oriented, community-service model borrows from school-based service learning to help reduce recidivism and build civic awareness. The results have been surprising!

Current Issues Of Migration 2006
The Constitutional Rights Foundation now offers a free online curriculum in response to the current high interest in immigration issues. CURRENT ISSUES OF IMMIGRATION, 2006 contains
six lessons designed to put the current controversies about illegal immigration into historical and political context. They consist of readings, guided discussion questions, and interactive learning activities. In addition, the materials include resources for conducting structured discussions with students.

Curriculum Modules
The Seattle Student Voices Project represents a year-long civic education curriculum designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for young people to become active and effective citizens. Unlike many programs that are extracurricular and tend to attract students who are already politically informed and civically motivated, Seattle Student Voices works with the entire Seattle school system and is classroom-based. Visit the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement for more info about the Student Voices Project (, and for curriculum modules, templates, handouts, a press kit and ideas for projects, see Student Voices (  

The Dirksen Congressional Center
Check out the Civil Rights Documentation Project on “Congress Link.” The project takes the form of an interactive, Web-based presentation with links to digitized historical materials and other Internet-based resources about civil rights legislation created by museums, historical societies, and government agencies. There are lesson plans and materials that teachers can use to supplement their teaching of the legislative process, of recent American history, of the civil rights movement, and of other topics in social studies. 

Free lessons on the U.S. Constitution for Constitution and Citizenship Day!

  • The Center for Civic Education, in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, is proud to offer free lessons on the U.S. Constitution for Constitution and Citizenship Day.  Lessons for grades K-12 are available for free download from the Center's website at  The U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2005 requiring educational institutions receiving federal funding to present a program pertaining to the U. S. Constitution on Constitution and Citizenship Day.  The Center's lessons are designed to assist schools and federal agencies to meet the requirements of this law.
  • The National Constitutional Center features over 200 activities, lessons, books, DVDs and more from over 20 different providers to help educators, students, government and military leaders, and community leaders plan for this day. Visit to learn more.
  • The American Bar Association offers a new project called Conversations on the Constitution, designed to further dialogue in schools and in the workplace about American constitutional principles and values. Lesson plans for grades 9-12 in which students examine and analyze the preambles of state constitutions and identify their underlying values are available at

The Maine Memory Network
Visit the Digital Classroom! Teachers and students can learn about Maine’s history; access a growing collection of more than 10,000 primary source materials; create and share online exhibits, albums, and slide shows; and work with local historical organizations to share their community's history on Maine Memory.

Our Documents
The Our Documents initiative is a cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and the USA Freedom Corps. The provide lesson plans and teacher resources on the 100 most important documents (as voted in a public survey) of the United States. It also includes information on National History Day.

School & Local Government Project
A joint project of the Maine Council for the Social Studies and the Maine Municipal Association, provides teachers and students with lessons and primary resource materials in their study of local government in Maine as outlined in the Social Studies section of the Maine Learning Results. The site also offers the only ever written textbook on local government in Maine.

Video on Civic Engagement
New Hampshire Defines Civic Engagement is produced by the New Hampshire Alliance for Civic  Engagement for students by students. It is a 15-minute video that features students interviewing Gov. Lynch, Sen. Gregg, and other elected New Hampshire officials and students. There is also a discussion guide (PDF/277KB) to assist teachers in leading a class discussion with students about civic engagement and what it means to them. To obtain a copy of the video, please complete the online order form.

Young Adult guide to law
On Your Own  is  the Maine Bar Association’s guide to the law for young adults published each spring in time for free distribution to graduating high school seniors throughout Maine (schools must order copies in advance).  A compact, 64-page guide, On Your Own covers the rights and responsibilities of adulthood, including buying a car; the rules of the road; making choices about military service, college, and finding a job; voting; finding an apartment; dealing with landlords; credit ratings and credit reports; spoken, implied and written warranties; consumer problems; what happens if you're arrested; how Maine courts work, and more.


"Assessing School Citizenship Education Climate: Implications for the Social Studies". CIRCLE Working Paper #48; 2006.

Council of Europe, Declaration: “Higher Education and Democratic Culture: Citizenship, Human Rights, and Civic Responsibility,”

Strasbourg, France, 23 June 2006.

"Developing Citizenship Competencies From Kindergarten through Grade 12: A Background Paper for Policymakers and Educators". Education Commission of the States and the National Center for Learning and Citizenship; April 2004.

"Developing Indicators and Measures of Civic Outcomes for Elementary School Students”. CIRCLE Working Paper # 47; 2006.

“Educating for Active Citizenship: Service-Learning, School-Based Service, and Civic Engagement” The Corporation for National and Community Service; March 2006.

"Every Student A Citizen: Creating the Democratic Self". The Education Commission of the States (ECS); 2000.

“Inventory of Civic Education in Arizona School Districts,” Arizona Civics Coalition; November 2005.

Kim Pate, “Linking Youth Savings and Entrepreneurship,” A White Paper, Corporation for Enterprise Development.

"Learning in Deed: The Power of Service-Learning for American Schools". Final Report of the National Commission on Service-Learning; 2002.

"Maine's Common Core of Learning: Social Studies Focus". Maine Department of Education; July, 1990.

“The Nexus Among Civic Responsibility, the California Content Standards, and Service-Learning,” California Department of Education, July 2006.

"Presidents' Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education". Campus Compact; December, 2000.

"Promising Futures: A Call to Improve Learning for Maine's Secondary Students". Core principles for our secondary schools and core practices that are connected to civic knowledge, skills, and behavior. Maine Department of Education; September, 1998.

"Restoring the Balance Between Academics and Civic Engagement in Public Schools". American Youth Policy Forum and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; 2005

"The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts". Civic Enterprises in Association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates; March 2006.

"State of Maine Learning Results". Guiding principles, content standards and performance indicators of the Maine System of Learning Results. Maine Department of Education; July, 1997.

"Taking Responsibility: Standards for Ethical Responsibilities in Maine Schools and Communities". Coordinates standards and core values of an ethical and responsible person with the Learning Results expectations of what Maine students should know and be able to do. Maine Department of Education; February, 2001.

“Transforming Students into Active Stewards of Democracy”. Education Commission of the States; 2005.

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy