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Lesson Plans

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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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Sample Lesson Plans

Political Parties: Birth of Political Parties

: A presidential election between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton never happened. But what if it did? This lesson will instruct...

Civic Education Skills, Foundations of American Government, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Running a Voter Registration Drive with the League of Women Voters

Students will use this lesson plan in coordination with local League of Women Voters Chapters and YLI’s service learning program,...

A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills
High School, College/Adult