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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: Cyber Security

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, The Political Process
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey: Immigration

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, The Political Process, Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
The Oklahoma History Center: Tulsa Race Massacre One Day Lesson Plan

The Tulsa Race Massacre challenges our understanding of early Oklahoma as a frontier offering freedom, opportunity, and progress to...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills, The Constitution, Historically Neglected Topics in Civics and Government
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School