What kinds of resources are here?
This page includes resources around topics in civics as well as methods for engaging these topics in your classroom. Resources range from traditional lesson plans and inquiries to guides to using instructional strategies and recommendations for where to access engaging sources.
How did you pick what kinds of resources to include?
In the summer of 2022, we sent out a survey asking teachers to share how we can better support them in their civic teaching. This resource page was built based on what they shared!
Are these resources aligned with our state standards?
You bet! In fact, we made it easy by organizing the resources around the major civic and inquiry themes found in the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Social Studies.
How are these resource organized?
This resources are divided into two sections - Civics Content and Inquiry Skills. Within each section, resources are organized by theme. For the Civic Content, we organized the resources around: civic and political institutions; the roles and responsibilities of a citizen; civic virtues and democratic principles; processes, rules, and laws; Kentucky government; and current events. For the Inquiry Skills, we organized resources around questions; tasks; sources; and taking action.
Want to go straight to a list of websites we pulled our resources from? Click below for a list of sites along with descriptions.
The Kentucky standards call for students to learn about the historical foundations and principles of American government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. As part of these topics, students are tasked with understanding the unique roles of local, state and national institutions.
The inquiry cycle is the foundation of our state social studies standards. Students are expected to ask and answer questions, use disciplinary skills to investigate sources, and communicate conclusions. Ultimately, students will become active and engaged citizens in their communities.