Active Civic Learning

Resources for High School students, College students, and Educators


You will find here some excellent strategies for designing learning experiences that build from – and enhance – your engagement in the election process.  As you will see, creative methods for this learning are emerging throughout the country.  Educators and young Americans are sharing what works for them.  


Here is a brief description and a link to some exciting and helpful resource sites.  We hope you will tap into them, whether you are a student or an educator.  With Remote Learning widespread in the fall of 2020, these resources will be invaluable as you structure learning that takes advantage of your involvement in local elections, pollwork, and getting out the vote.  

Materials for teachers and students: Documents (18); Video (51); Lesson Plans (5); Interactive Lesson (1); Media Gallery (4); Webpages (2).  For grades 4-13.


Lesson plans, writing prompts, challenges, and other resources for teachers and students including “11 Ways to Engage Students From Now Until November”, providing very specific learning activities adaptable for remote or in-person learning. 

Ongoing interactive link for students and teachers in middle and high schools to engage with issues and information related to the upcoming election. Opportunities to connect with students nationwide to share perspectives and inspire engagement in local elections. 

Excellent, accessible, current articles and clips presenting key issues of the 2020 election; lesson plans focused on 2020 elections, historical issues and events, voting and elections, campaigns and fund-raising and political ideology and polling.

Jackie Alemany, David Hogg (March for Our Lives), and Alexis Confer (March for Our Lives) discuss the need for -- and strategies for -- greater youth participation in the 2020 election.  Excellent motivator and discussion starter. 

A rich compilation of educator- and learner-friendly activities related to the successful functioning of democratic government.  Includes suggestions for “making your own distance-learning plan” and “Top Picks: Best Government and Civics Websites and Games.”

List of resources available from a) Non-Partisan organizations; b) U.S. Government and Political Parties; and c) Presidential Libraries.

“Non-partisan, non-profit ‘consumer advocate” website that provides fact checks on statements and information from candidates for office and other public figures.

Interactive website that takes you to the ballot and issues in your state as well as all other states.  Also access to rules governing elections.