Civics is on the front lines and front page like never before as we head towards the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Each month this school year will offer big teachable moments that can help students build the skills they need, such as critical thinking, problem solving and evidence-based reasoning. Taking the time to learn and practice these skills will encourage students to participate in civic life and become informed and engaged members of their communities. 

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January: Make 2020 the Year of Student Activation

iCivics will provide tailored resources each month to help you prepare students for a future that is playing out before their eyes. Bookmark this page and use it as your go-to spot as you plan civics lessons to 2020.


Do your students have a great idea about how to make positive change in their community? Play Activate to teach them how to engage their community and elected leaders to raise awareness and support for their cause.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -
Jan. 20

Celebrate the life and legacy of MLK by using our Students Engage! lesson from our Citizenship & Participation unit to display what steps students can take to address problems in their communities.

20th Amendment Ratified -
Jan. 23, 1933

Dive into our Constitution unit for lessons about the rights and protections provided by amendments such as the 20th, which outlines term limits and succession plans.

Get the Party Started: Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge!

Task your students with envisioning a new political party and designing their own game that reveals how their party will successfully enter the 2020 presidential race and change the trajectory of the election. Winners will receive prizes and local recognition!

Any student enrolled in a middle or high school in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, or Detroit public school districts are eligible to submit a game. Submissions close March 31, 2020.

Missed last month’s resources? Explore through the links below:

September: Help Students Understand Their Rights

October: All Eyes On Media Literacy

November: One Year Until the 2020 Election

December: Updated Win the White House, The Game That Keeps on Giving

Teaching About Impeachment
Are you #TeachingImpeaching? Head to Twitter and share your experiences with us. If you are in need of resources, our new printable infographic and accompanying teacher’s Slide Deck will equip you to teach about this current event in your classroom.