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. 

On Constitution Day this year, we hosted a special Virtual Viewing Party with Discovery Education. If you couldn’t make it, the videos are now available on-demand.

September Resources: Help Students Understand Their Rights

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.

National Constitution Day
Sept. 17

Celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution with our WebQuest, The Constitution: Rules for Running the Country. Students will learn why the Constitution was written, what it does, and how it can be changed. You can also put students at the heart of the debate to ratify the Constitution in our new game, Race to Ratify.

National Voter Registration Day
Sept. 24

Voting is an important right and one way in which citizens can make their voices heard to local, state and federal governments. Registering to vote is a key responsibility but there are many others too. Use our Citizen Me lesson to help students understand the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

Bill of Rights Sent for Approval
Sept. 25

On September 25, 1789, Congress sent 12 amendments to the Constitution to the states for approval. Ten would become the Bill of Rights. Put students' knowledge of Constitutional rights into practice with the Bill of Rights mode in our game, Do I Have a Right? Pair the game with the You’ve Got Rights lesson.