Civics Education Resource Site

Civics Lesson Plans

Illinois Civics has created the following lesson plans to support the teaching of the required high school civics course in Illinois. Check back often, as more lesson plans will be added.

Bill of Rights

First Amendment - Cyberbullying

First Amendment - Flag Burning

Second Amendment - Bridging the Gap in Gun Control

Second Amendment - Concealed Weapons in Schools

Fourth Amendment - Surveillance

Fifth Amendment - Coercion of Terror Suspects

Sixth Amendment - Right to Counsel

Eighth Amendment - Juvenile Justice

Tenth Amendment - Federalism

CENSUS 2020

Census 2020: How Does Your Community Count on You?

CHECKS AND BALANCES

Executive Orders

How Do Courts Count?

Moot Court - Masterpiece Cakeshop

CIVIL RIGHTS

Japanese Internment: Does America live up to its democratic ideals in times of crisis?

Little Rock

Native American Mascots: How do we show respect to communities near and far?

The Fate of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

HUMAN RIGHTS

Holocaust: What role do individuals and institutions play in confronting justice?

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Understanding Municipal Government

NEWS LITERACY

News Literacy Five Day Sequence

Scientific vs. Unscientific Polls

Twitter in Chief

Understanding Confirmation Bias

Using Media to Understand te Political Spectrum: Abortion

SAMPLE UNIT PLANS

Voting and Elections

SEPARATION OF POWERS

Congress in Action

Congressional Committee Simulation - Immigration

Free Trade, NAFTA, and USMCA

Understanding the Federal Judiciary

SERVICE LEARNING

Resources for Veterans

Service Learning Project Packet

VOTING AND ELECTIONS

Gerrymandering

Let's Party! Understanding the Role of Political Parties

Voting at 16