Go To The Source

Civication, Inc. does not necessarily endorse or support the websites or organizations listed on our Resources page. However, Civication encourages all to “go to the source” and evaluate each source to determine validity in an effort to be an informed individual.

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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (http://www.agbell.org/)

American Bar Association (http://www.abanet.org)
Provides educational materials and resources in the public education section of their site.

American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU defends and advances the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee. (http://www.aclu.org)

American Center for Law and Justice: The ACLJ is dedicated to the concept that freedom and liberty are universal, God-given and inalienable rights that must be protected. (http://www.aclj.org)

The mission of ASLpro is to serve the needs of the ASL Educational Community by providing  free, easy-to-use reference and learning tools to enhance in-classroom learning for ASL educators and their students. (http://www.aslpro.com)

American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University (http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm)

American Society for Deaf Children (http://deafchildren.org/)

American’s United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. (www.au.org)

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and bigotry while defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. (http://www.adl.org/)

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids (http://bensguide.gpo.gov/)
An introduction to the government for students, adapted for various grade levels. Also includes a list of “U.S. Government Websites for Kids.”

Bill of Rights Institute (http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/)
Materials and professional development on the Bill of Rights are available from this nonprofit organization.

Black Box Voting: Non-partisan Election Watchdog Group (http://www.blackboxvoting.org)

Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida: Seeks solutions to public problems (http://www.graham.centers.ufl.edu/)

The Brennan Center (www.brennancenter.org) is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice.

Brown v. Board: Five Communities that Changed America (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/121brown/index.htm)
Provides an instructional unit on the five cases that made up the decision commonly referred to as Brown v. Board of Education.

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools (http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/) This site presents advocacy tools, examples of best practice, and other resources for promoting the civic mission of the public schools.

The Cato Institute (www.cato.org) is a non-profit public policy research foundation named for Cato’s Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

Celebrate Constitution Day! (http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution/constitution-day.html) The National Archives provides resources for teaching about the Constitution.

Center for Civic Education (http://www.civiced.org/index.php) Sample lessons, articles and speeches, and information about the Center’s many educational programs, including the We The People curriculum.

Center on Congress (http://congress.indiana.edu/) Directed by former Congressman Lee Hamilton, this Indiana University center provides information for adults and young people about the operation of Congress.

Center for Education in Law and Democracy (http://www.lawanddemocracy.org/) Sample lessons, information on research in civic education and professional development, professional development modules on discussion and simulations, and much more.

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) conducts research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. (www.civicyouth.org)

Choices Project (http://www.choices.edu/index.cfm) Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies presents teaching resources on foreign policy issues. Especially useful is the timely way in which the site addresses current topics in the news.

Close Up Foundation (http://www.closeup.org/) The national Close Up organization provides travel experiences to Washington, DC, for high school students, as well as instructional materials for classroom use.

Communication Services for the Deaf, Inc. (http://www.c-s-d.org/)

Congress.Org is private, non-partisan, facilitating civic participation and allows users to identify and contact elected leaders in Congress, the White House, and state legislatures

Constitutionfacts.com The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential legal documents in existence. Since its creation over two hundred years ago, over one hundred countries around the world have used it as a model for their own. This website offers insight to the Constitution, Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, United States Supreme Court, Our Founders, and more.

Constitutional Law: This site explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround our Nation’s founding documents. (http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html)

Constitutional Rights Foundation (http://www.crf-usa.org/) Lessons for teaching about the law, plus a free newsletter, The Bill of Rights in Action, and an excellent section on America’s response to terrorism.

Constitutional Rights Foundation: Chicago (http://www.crfc.org/)
This site for explores law, civics, and government teachers, with many online lessons and resources.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR’s) mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. (http://www.cair.com/)

CourtTV Online (http://www.courttv.com/trials/index.html) Current and archived material on cases from the cable television channel.

Criminal Justice for Kids (http://www.criminal-justice-careers.com/crime/justice-for-kids/)

C-SPAN Classroom (http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/) Teacher resources designed to facilitate use of C-SPAN’s coverage of political events.

Deliberating in a Democracy (http://www.deliberating.org/) This support site for an international civic education project presents materials that can be used to engage students in discussing controversial public issues using the structured academic controversy model.

Described and Captioned Media Program (http://www.dcmp.org/)

Educational Curriculum on the Death Penalty (http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.php?did=549&scid=58) An online curriculum unit that covers both sides of this controversial legal issue. From the Death Penalty Information Center and Michigan State University.

The Electronic Frontier Foudation (EFF) is a civil liberties group defending rights in the digital world. (http://www.eff.org/)

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. (http://www.epic.org/)

Famous Trials (http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ftrials.htm) Detailed information about 41 notable trials, as well as an examination of legal heroes. From University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Douglas Linder.

Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics

FindLaw (http://www.findlaw.com/) A comprehensive site for researching legal issues.

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (http://www.FTRI.org) is a statewide non profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Impaired. FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service.

Freedom Forum (http://www.freedomforum.org/) An excellent source for information on First Amendment issues; also includes teaching resources.

Freedom From Religion Foundation: Protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state (http://www.ffrf.org/)

Global Legal Information Network (http://www.glin.gov/) A searchable database of laws, regulations, and other legal sources deposited at the Library of Congress by nations around the world.

Hands and Voices (http://www.handsandvoices.org/)

The Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org/) The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

iCivics. Games, Games, Games! Learn about the three branches of government while playing interactive, fun, civic educational games! (http://www.icivics.org/) iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach civics and inspire individuals to be active participants in our democracy.

iDeafNews (http://ideafnews.com/)

Justice for Kids and Youth (http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/kidspage/index.html) The U.S. Justice Department provides kid-appropriate information on crime prevention, civil rights, and the courts.

Justice Learning (http://www.justicelearning.org/) NPR and The New York Times present debates, articles, and lesson plans on such current issues as affirmative action, civil liberties in wartime, and web censorship.

KidsVoting (http://www.kidsvotingusa.org/) Home page of the national educational project focused on voting.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases (http://www.landmarkcases.org/)
Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society present in-depth teaching materials on 17 landmark Supreme Court cases.

Law-Focused Education (http://www.texaslre.org/index.html) The State Bar of Texas provides a lesson plan archive, a curriculum guide on juries, a game teaching the Pledge of Allegiance, and more.

Law for Kids (http://www.lawforkids.org/index.cfm) The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education presents this large site on the law specifically geared for young people.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. (http://www.loc.gov/index.html)

Legal Information Institute (http://www.law.cornell.edu/) A comprehensive source of legal information, including information on Supreme Court cases, court opinions, links to laws organized by topic, and more.

McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum (http://www.freedommuseum.us/) Interactive exhibits and curriculum on U.S. freedoms, with particular emphasis on the First Amendment.

The National Archives and Records Administration (http://www.archives.gov/) Resource for teachers and students of government and political science. The Presidential Libraries section links users to websites of the individual libraries.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) vision is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.( http://www.naacp.org/)

National Association for the Deaf (http://www.nad.org)

National Center for Learning and Citizenship (http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/ProjectsPartners) The Education Commission of the States provides information on service learning, policy briefs on civic education, and an assessment database in civic education.

National Deaf Education Project ( http://www.ndepnow.org/ ) NDEP was established in 1998 to articulate and work toward the development of a quality communication and language-driven educational delivery system for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Conference of State Legislatures (http://www.ncsl.org/) Updates on issues before state legislatures, information about state-federal relations, and links to the sites of state legislatures and state governments. Also provides lesson plans for America’s Legislators Back to School Program.

National Constitution Center (http://www.constitutioncenter.org/) A collection of lesson plans and a game on the Bill of Rights are among the resources at this site.

National Report Card: Civics (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/civics/) The National Assessment of Educational Progress presents assessment results, a civic education framework, and assessment items.

NewsHour Extra Teacher Resources (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/index.html) Lesson plans using the resources prepared for student use in conjunction with PBS nightly program, NewsHour.

Notable Trade Books for Young People (http://www.ncss.org/resources/notable/) The National Council for the Social Studies and Children’s Book Council provide an annual list of trade books suitable for use in social studies-a good starting point for locating titles for a Civic Bookshelf.

The Oyez Project is devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. (http://www.oyez.org/welcome)

RefDesk is a resource and fact checker for the Internet (http://www.Refdesk.com)

RollCall: The newspaper of Capitol Hill since 1955 (http://www.rollcall.com)

Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs (http://www.splcenter.org/index.jsp)

Street Law (http://www.streetlaw.org/) Useful resources for law teachers, plus a link to the support site for the popular Street Law text.

Strengthening Civic Education in Colorado Schools (http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradosocstudies/civics.htm)
This web site presents materials and reflections from the first year of this Colorado Department of Education initiative.

Student Voices Local Government Curriculum (http://student-voices.org/teachers/curriculum/index.php?SiteID=1000)
An eight-unit curriculum on local government, plus a glossary of local government terms.

Supreme Court of the United States (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/) News from the United States Supreme Court including transcripts of oral arguments available the same day the arguments are heard.

USA.GOV Public Service Announcement – 1 minute video

USA.GOV is the official web portal for government transactions, services, and information. (http://www.usa.gov)

US Constitution — National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution.html)

U.S. Courts (http://www.uscourts.gov/) Information on the federal courts, statements by federal jurists, FAQs about the courts, educational materials, and links to other sources.

U.S. Department of Justice: Primary federal criminal investigation and enforcement agency. (www.usdoj.gov/)

U.S. House of Representatives (http://www.house.gov/) Information about current legislation, committees and committee assignments, and the home pages of current Representatives.

U.S. Senate (http://www.senate.gov/) Information about current legislation, committees and committee assignments, and the home pages of current Senators.

The Voting Rights Project works to protect the gains in political participation won by racial and language minorities since passage of the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965. (http://www.votingrights.org)

Vote Trust USA: A national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections. (http://www.votetrustusa.org)

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution (http://new.civiced.org/programs/wtp)

The White House: Latest news from the Executive Branch (http://www.whitehouse.gov/)

The White House: We the People petition page: (http://bit.ly/vIIzhC)

White House Historical Association (http://www.whitehousehistory.org/) Lessons and background information on the White House and the Presidency.

Youth for Justice (http://www.youthforjustice.org/) This collaborative national project in law-related education provides links to state law-related education centers plus resources useful to teachers and program planners.