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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

Presidency on Trial: Assessing the Limits of Presidential Power

As they framed the Constitution, many of the Founding Fathers were wary of a powerful chief executive who might overshadow the...

Units:
The Presidency
Levels:
High 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,...

Units:
A Call to Action, Civic Education Skills
Levels:
High School, College/Adult
Talking Turkey: Taking the 'Dis Out of Civil Discourse

: 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: Education

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: Cyber Secutity

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: Homeland 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, Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey: Economics

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
Talking Turkey: Health

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

Units:
Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process, Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey: Economics

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

Units:
Civic Education Skills, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, The Political Process, Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey: Health Care

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
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
Talking Turkey: Social Justice and Civil Rights PDF

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
Talking Turkey: Gun Control

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