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

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.

Wyoming Becomes First U.S. State to Give Women the Right to Vote — Dec. 10, 1869

2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Start celebrating early with our Voting Rights lesson plan that highlights the landmark changes.

Updated: Win the White House

Our blockbuster game, Win the White House, has been updated for the 2020 election. Explore new features such as updated issue areas for both political parties, ELL supports, and new teaching materials to deepen student understanding of how presidential campaigns work!

NEW Judicial Branch Lessons

Court is now in session with new additions to our high school Judicial Branch unit! Use these new interactive lessons to help students learn how the court system really works, from the local level all the way to the Supreme Court.

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

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.