Civic Education & Government

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

This site, maintained by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers about how the U.S. government works.

C-SPAN Online

Not just up-to-the-minute news on activities in Congress, but information on and materials for using C-SPAN in the Classroom.

Center for Civic Education

This website offers information on CCE and its many civic education programs such as "We the People ...," its publications, articles and papers on civic education, research and evaluation, curricular materials, civics frameworks and standards, and sample lesson plans from CCE books


Lesson plans and other teaching resources on Congress, how it works, its Constitutional underpinnings, its leaders and members, and the public policies it produces. Developed by The Dirksen Congressional Center.

Constitution Society

Explores rights, powers, and duties; abuses and usurpations; jurisdiction and due process; and electoral process. Also provides information and additional links on citizen action; organizations; events; commentary; resources; United States founding documents; the concept of unity and federalism; constitutional defense; legal and political reform; public education; publications; people; references; and images.

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) andConstitutional Rights Foundation Chicago

The websites of these community-based organizations dedicated to educating young people for civic participation feature publications, K-12 curriculum on civic participation, service learning, government, and law-related education, and mock trials and simulations. Also, information about CRF and CRFC teacher workshops and other programs.

DemocracyNet (National Endowment for Democracy Website)

The website of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) offers the Democracy Grants Database, the catalog of NED's Democracy Resource Center, information- about Journal of Democracy and other NED publications, and  instructions for subscribing to the electronic newsletter "DemocracyNews."

Famous Trials

Maintained by a Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, this site features  primary source materials, bibliographies, and other information about over three dozen well-known trials, from the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692 to the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995.

FBI Youth Educational Page

Educational games, information on crime prevention and detection, and stories about the "working dogs" of the FBI.


This site provides information on nearly every aspect of the law, including law schools; legal cases and codes; legal organizations and professional development; law firms and lawyers; state, federal, and international information; legal news and reference; jobs; a dictionary of legal terms, and more.

Legal Information Institute's Selected Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court

This collection includes the 1997 copyright case involving the movie Amistad as well as the case arising out of the 1841 slave revolt aboard the Amistad. Also featured are sections dedicated to administrative law, patent law, and copyright law.

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center was established by Congress through the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988 as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Its Web site features basic information about the Constitution, including the document itself, its history, current Constitution news, a kids' section, and teacher resources.

Street Law Online

Law-related education (LRE) teaching resources, books, conferences, etc.

The Supreme Court Historical Society

This organization, founded in 1974, aims to expand public awareness of the history and heritage of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Society's site provides the text of significant Supreme Court arguments from 1955 to 1993, schedules of C-SPAN broadcasts of Society events, and a list of the current justices.

The Timetable of World Legal History

Provides summaries of important past laws and codes, as well as an activity page for students.

A User's Guide to the Declaration of Independence

History and analysis of the Declaration of Independence, discussion of hot topics and issues pertaining to the Declaration, primary documents, and other resources.

United States Government websites. 

C-SPAN Online


The Federal Judiciary Homepage

House of Representatives

Library of Congress

U.S. Senate

Supreme Court of the United States

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet

The White House

United Nations

The United States Capitol

NewsHour Extra: A NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Special for Students

Newseum Education Center

The New York Times Learning Network

The following are news media websites. 

Anchorage Daily News

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Baltimore Sun

Boston Globe Online

Chicago Sun-Times

Christian Science Monitor

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dallas Morning News

Denver Post

Houston Chronicle

Kansas City Star

Los Angeles Times

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

New York Times

Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition

Washington Post

The Times (London)

ABC News

CBS News




Pacifica Radio

Associated Press


Scripps Howard News Service

Atlantic Monthly

Mother Jones Interactive

The Nation

The National Review

The New Republic



U.S. News & World Report

Utne Reader