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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October: All Eyes On Media Literacy

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.

Thurgood Marshall Sworn in to U.S. Supreme Court — Oct. 2

The U.S. Civil Rights Movement played out in the media, as well as in the streets and courts. Thurgood Marshall was influential in the movement, even before he was confirmed as the first African American Supreme Court Justice in 1967. Teach about his role and many others in the struggle for change.


Newsfeed Defenders — Oct. 14-18


Prepare for National Media Literacy Week with our game, Newsfeed Defenders. Task your students with managing a fictional social media site, learning how to identify problematic news items and credible sources.


National Media Literacy Week — Oct. 21-25


The lessons in this unit are at the heart of what National Media Literacy Week is all about. High school students will learn practical skills that will help them identify and deal with misinformation, bias, opinion, and more.

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

September Resources: Help Students Understand Their Rights