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Your one stop shop for civic education!

Over 100 teacher developed lesson plans K-12. Whether you are new to teaching government or civics or an experienced veteran- the YLI lesson plans page has something for everyone.

“Thank you for some excellent lesson plans that coordinate with Virginia SOLs and provide good visuals for discussion and clarification of topics. My classes thoroughly enjoyed participation in this project.”

—Margaret Gurley
George Washington High School,
Danville, VA
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Rigorous teacher-developed course units cover all aspects of civic education from voting to service learning to the legislative process and more! Many lesson plans include PowerPoint presentations. Elementary resources include a resources guide, morning meeting lesson plans, mini-modules and a dramatic reading of the Constitutional Convention. Sign up now to access all of YLI’s FREE lesson plan resources.

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Any lesson plan or resource found on the website may be used at the discretion of a participating teacher. All materials herein remain the copy-written intellectual property of the UVA Center for Politics’ Youth Leadership Initiative. Once registered- login and navigate to the lesson plans page for a complete list of lesson plans and resources. Download what you need and get started.

Sample Lesson Plans

Talking Turkey: Introduction

Many elder statesmen have commented on the fact that the collegiality they shared in the past with members of different political...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey 2024: Social Justice

What are the most important social justice concerns facing our nation today, and how can we help promote reform—if needed—in these...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
TT 2024 Immigration

The Federal Government should deport unauthorized Immigrants regardless of the amount of time they have been in the United States. The...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
TT 2024 Education

Education policy includes a set of ideas or values for what education should look like — this includes what is taught, how it is taught...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
TT 2024: Economy

What is inflation and how does it affect consumers? How can policymakers try to control inflation? 2. Should taxes be lowered? Raised?...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
TT 2024: Healthcare

Public health policy encompasses the laws, regulations, actions, and decisions that work toward and promote society’s health goals....

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Engaging in Difficult Election Conversations

2024 is shaping to be yet another divisive presidential election year. Elections can raise many emotions and we know they can affect...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, Elementary School, High School, Home School, Middle School
Learning Module: How Elections Are Run

Election administration plays a central role in ensuring the legitimacy of the electoral process and outcomes. Subverting faith and trust...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Presidency, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, Elementary School, High School, Home School, Middle School
Political Identi-Tree

This PowerPoint presentation guides students through the process of identifying their political identities....

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School