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Direct Instruction on Democratic Institutions

Curriculum Design Toolkit: Direct Instruction on Democratic Institutions

At the foundation of preparing students for civic life is grounding student knowledge of the workings of our constitutional republic. Teachers can provide instruction in civics and government, history, economics, geography, law, and democracy. Formal instruction in these subjects increases civic knowledge and increases young people’s tendency to engage in civic and political activities over the long term.

Avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures, which is unlikely to benefit students and may actually alienate them from civic engagement. Rich civic inquiry incorporates sound pedagogy, content, critical thinking, and civic skills.

Professional Development Resources from Illinois Civics