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.
Not just up-to-the-minute news on activities in Congress, but information on and materials for using C-SPAN in the Classroom.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law-related education (LRE) teaching resources, books, conferences, etc.
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.
Provides summaries of important past laws and codes, as well as an activity page for students.
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.
The following are news media websites.