ACLU Freedom Wire – Information for Students and Young People
American Civil Liberties Union’s site for youth.
American Bar Association Law-Related
Education - “This section
contains information about law-related education projects and
national and state levels."
- Resources for civic education. "This website connects our
award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution and
its amendments to daily civics news and student discussion."
Ben’s Guide to U.S.
Government For Kids - “Ben’s Guide provides information
and activities specifically tailored for educators, parents, and
students in K-12. These resources can help teach about our
government and how it works.”
Bill of Rights Institute -
"The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate
young people about the words and ideas of America's
Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding
documents, and how our Founding principles continue to
affect and shape a free society."
Brown v. Board of Education
National Historic Site - “The Education and Outreach Division at Brown v. Board of
Education National Historic Site strives to provide quality
curriculum-based resources and activities for educators and
Center for Civic Education
- "The Center specializes in
civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and
international educational exchange programs for developing
democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of
Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the
federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic
participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens."
Charters of Freedom: Constitution of the United States –
From the National Archives Experience collection.
- "Civics Online is a collaborative, internet project
working to provide teachers, students, and parents with
a rich array of multi-media primary source materials,
learning tools, and professional development resources
to enhance current approaches to teaching civics in the
Close Up Foundation -
"The Close Up Foundation is the nation’s
largest nonprofit (501(c)(3)), nonpartisan citizenship education
organization… Close Up has worked to promote responsible and
informed participation in the democratic process through a
variety of educational programs."
Collection Connections: Documents from the Continental Congress &
the Constitutional Conventions, 1774-1789 – Provided by the
Library of Congress Learning Page.
- “CongressLink is directed to teachers of American Government and
civics. It is multi-featured, offering original content (including
lesson plans and historical materials) and up-to-the-minute
information about Congress."
Connecticut Consortium for Law &
Citizenship Education - “A private,
non-profit association that promotes and conducts law-related
education programs and projects in Connecticut’s public and
private schools, courtrooms and communities."
Connecticut Network (CT-N) State Civics Toolbox -
This site “offers lesson plans and classroom activities that utilize
videotaped debates of bills before the Connecticut General
Assembly. Videos are
available to middle school and high school teachers free of
charge from The Connecticut Network, a non-profit broadcast
service covering Connecticut State Government."
Foundation - "Constitutional Rights
Foundation seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper
understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our
Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and educate them to become
active and responsible participants in our society."
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Chicago - "The Constitutional Rights
Foundation Chicago helps young people develop the skills,
knowledge, and attitudes necessary to serve their communities
and nation as active, responsible citizens. A nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization, CRFC has conducted law-related
education programs for elementary and secondary students and
their teachers for over twenty years."
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Chicago- Voir Dire: Creating the Jury
"This section of 'The American Jury' includes background,
lessons, and classroom resources about voir dire and how it
has been used, its strengths and limitations, and changes
that have been made or proposed to make it serve the
Constitution's mandate of an 'impartial jury'."
Conversations on the Constitution,
from the American Bar Association – “This project is designed to
further dialogue in schools and in the workplace about American
constitutional principles and values.”
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention - Juveniles and the Death Penalty - "This
Bulletin examines the history of capital punishment and Supreme
Court decisions related to its use with juveniles."
Courts to Classes – from the U.S. Courts Web Site “As part
of the Federal Judiciary's educational outreach program, this
site is designed to assist educators in teaching about the
federal court system in ways that are consistent with
law-related education practices and relevant social studies
standards. Content focuses on the purpose, structure, and
function of the courts and is driven by the input, needs, and
experiences of educators across the country.”
Democracy Project - The Democracy Project is presented
by PBS Kids and includes curriculum designed for students in
grades 3-6. Some of the goals of the project are to introduce
the structure and duties of the three levels of government, as
well as understanding how government affects our daily lives.
Famous Trials, by Doug Linder (2004) – Available
from the University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law, this web
site provides extensive resources, including striking
photographs and portraits, of 35 of the most famous trials in
First Federal Congress Project
- "This exhibit contains extensive opportunities
for using primary documents to explore the actions, issues and
significance of the First Federal Congress (FFC), which, as the
exhibit explains, was a virtual "second sitting" of the Federal
Constitutional Convention." The site includes an introductory
classroom lecture along with four different approaches to use
with the lesson. Offered through George Washington University.
Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center- Lesson Plans on the the First Amendment:
for Freedom" is offered by The Freedom Forum’s First
Amendment Center, a nonpartisan center dedicated to the
understanding and appreciation of the values of the First
Amendment. These lessons (beginning and advanced levels) address
constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the
First Amendment... Students will discuss just how far individual
rights extend, examining rights in the school environment and
public places. The lessons may be used in history and
government, language arts and journalism, art and debate
Curriculum on the Judiciary -
This is an “interactive addition to the American Judicature
Society's website. It reflects our continuing efforts to educate
the public about the workings of the judicial branch of
iCivics - iCivics is a web-based education project
designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active
participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not
getting the information and tools they need for civic
participation, and that civics teachers need better materials
Kids in the House - From the Office of the Clerk, this
site includes a Lesson Plan Library for Parents and Teachers,
with activities such as how to have a mock debate, and
understanding how a bill becomes a law.
Landmark Supreme Court
Cases - "This site was developed to provide teachers
with a full range of resources and activities to support the
teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students
explore the key issues of each case. The "Resources" section
features basic building blocks such as background summaries and
excerpts of opinions that can be used in multiple ways. The
"Activities" section contains a range of short activities and
in-depth lessons that can be completed with students."
Law for Kids -
"LawForKids.org is America's first stand alone web site
dedicated to teaching children about the law. The Site was
created by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and
Education with the specific goal of educating Arizona's youth,
their parents, communities and schools to increase their
knowledge about youth laws and to encourage law-abiding
the Courts: A Workbook for Upper Elementary Students - A
publication from the Connecticut Judicial Branch which educates
students on what laws are, who makes, enforces and interprets
the laws, the different types of courts, and the people who make
up the Superior Court. A glossary of legal terms and
several quizzes are included.
Learning Page – From the Library of Congress: “Here is a
‘teacher’s eye view’ of over 7 million historical documents,
photographs, maps, films and audio recordings. You will find
lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using
these collections in your classroom.”
Library of Congress-Primary Documents in American History -
“The Library of Congress is home to many of the most important
documents in American history. This Web site provides links to
materials digitized from the collections of the Library of
Congress that supplement and enhance the study of these crucial
The 2014 National Championship will be held in
Wisconsin, on May 8 - 10, 2014.
National High School Mock Trial
purpose of these summits is to encourage young people to think
critically about a timely legal public policy issue. The summits
give students an opportunity to learn about legal and policy
issues with peers and policy resource persons."
National Online Youth Summit
National Youth Court Center -
Youth Court Center (NYCC) at the American Probation and
Parole Association (APPA) serves as a central point of
contact for youth court programs across the nation. We serve
as an information clearinghouse, provide training and
technical assistance, and develop resource materials on how
to develop and enhance youth court programs in the United
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – “OJJDP provides
national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and
respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization."
Our Documents: A National
Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service
help us think, talk and teach about the rights and
responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to
explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These
documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our
future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to
strive to ‘form a more perfect union."
Presidential Timeline -
"The Presidential Timeline provides a single point of access to
an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the
collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National
Archives. Among these assets you’ll find documents, photographs,
audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the
presidents’ lives. The goal of the project is to make these
resources readily and freely available to students, educators,
and adult learners throughout the world."
"Street Law is practical, participatory education about
law, democracy and human rights. Through its philosophy and
programs, Street Law empowers people to transform democratic
ideals into citizen action. Street Law’s programs do not end at
the door of the classroom. Each student gains essential lessons
that can be used for life."
Street Law -
The Student Press Law Center is
"devoted … to educating high school and college journalists
about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First
Amendment and supporting the student news media in their
struggle to cover important issues free from censorship."
Student Press Law Center
Court Historical Society -
This web site features an
interesting array of resources pertaining to the history of the
United States Supreme Court, how the Court works, a Learning
Center, and Researching the Court section.
"Teens, Crime and the
Community is a nationwide effort implemented at the local level
to reduce the incidence of teen victimization and engage teens
as crime prevention resources in their schools and communities."
Teens, Crime and the
United Nations Cyberschoolbus – Human
Rights in Action – “The
CyberSchoolBus wants to collect inspiring stories of classes or
schools defending and promoting human rights in their own
communities, neighborhoods and cities. These stories
will become part of a global atlas of student actions compiled
and published on the World Wide Web by the UN CyberSchoolBus."
Voices of Youth consist of three forums: 1)
The Meeting Place is a forum where visitors "share ideas about
important world issues. 2) The Learning Place offers several
"interactive global learning projects." 3) The Teachers Place is
"where teachers, trainers, educational planners … and young
people can discuss the use of electronic networks for global
UNICEF Voices of Youth -
for Justice – “Youth for Justice is a unique national
initiative that uses the power of active learning about the law to
build upon the vitality of young people and to address the risks of
being young in America today… Youth for Justice involves young
people in LRE programs that address national problems, particularly
violence by and against youth.”