Resources for High School Civics, Government, and Politics
There’s no better time to spark students’ interest in government and politics than election season, when the political climate provides learning opportunities for students to see the real-world applications of class topics. Fostering students’ civic knowledge not only gives them context for world news, but ultimately turns young people into informed and engaged citizens who will effectively elicit change in their communities and beyond.
Whether you’re looking for politics and government lesson plans for high school, activities to supplement your high school civics curriculum, or current events projects to encourage student discussion, these resources will help you teach our future changemakers.
12 High School Civics Resources
From lessons on the structures and processes of the U.S. government to discussions on current events and social issues, spark student engagement in civics with these resources.
Resources on the U.S. Constitution and government functions
Use this pre-assessment on the branches of government, the U.S. Constitution, governmental organization, and basic government functions to check student understanding of the content before you begin teaching.
This resource includes a warmup, lecture slides, cloze notes, and activity ideas that will help your U.S. Government or AP U.S. Government students understand the process and timeline of U.S. elections.
In this lesson for U.S. History or Civics, students will examine the Constitution’s language on voting rights, the expansion of voting rights in the U.S. since the founding of the nation, and limitations to voting that still exist.
Resources to engage students in politics and current events
This research activity includes charts, graphic organizers and research links for students to explore a political issue of their choice and see how that issue compares to other demographics, ages, and political parties.