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NH Civics is pleased to share with you a library of civics curricula created by NH teachers between 2015 and 2019 and inspired by a NH Civics teacher professional development opportunity. See below the various topics around which we have organized the curricula; you can search by topic, keyword, or grade level. These curricular resources were edited by NH Civics Trustees, graduate students and a professor from Plymouth State College, and a high school civics teacher. We hope these teacher-created resources are helpful, relevant, and that they make increased quality and quantity of civics instruction in NH possible. We aim to add to this library over time.



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Classes in Bill of Rights

  • Bill of Rights for Elementary School Students

    Students will explore the text of the Bill of Rights, identify the meaning of the first ten Amendments, and make connections among the amendments to their own lives.

  • Civics Songs

    Use songs to teach American government, history, patriotism, and culture.

  • Constitution Day

    The students will understand the struggles and sacrifices their forefathers endured to develop the guidelines which later became the constitution which guides our nation today. They will develop ownership for paying forward the responsibility of citizenship not only on Constitution Day but every day.

  • Constitution Day Play

    On Constitution Day, students will examine the role of the people in shaping the U.S. Constitution.

  • Constitutional Values - Virtual

    Students will be able to examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s power of judicial review and critique the various approaches justices take when interpreting the Constitution. Further, students will understand how the constitutional right to free speech has evolved over time.

  • Do You Know Your Rights? - Virtual

    Know the different rights guaranteed to the citizens of the United States and the reason the rights were created.

  • Free Speech and Campaign Finance Regulations

    The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits Congress from abridging free speech and the Fourteenth Amendment has been interpreted to extend those prohibitions to state and local governments as well. Over time the Supreme Court has interpreted speech to extend to financial contributions to campaigns, political parties and other political organizations engaged in influencing election results. In addition, the Court has extended some rights of personhood to corporations, including protections of corporate speech against government infringement. Starting after the Watergate scandal, Congress has attempted at several junctions to limit the financial contributions of individuals and corporations to political entities. The Supreme Court, in response, has invalidated an increasing number of those restrictions as unconstitutional restrictions of free speech. Campaign finance regulations and the constitutional protection of free speech raise difficult and essential questions about the role and impact of money in elections and what constitutes an effective democracy.

  • Free Speech and Campaign Finance Regulations - Virtual

    The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits Congress from abridging free speech and the Fourteenth Amendment has been interpreted to extend those prohibitions to state and local governments as well. Over time the Supreme Court has interpreted speech to extend to financial contributions to campaigns, political parties and other political organizations engaged in influencing election results. In addition, the Court has extended some rights of personhood to corporations, including protections of corporate speech against government infringement. Starting after the Watergate scandal, Congress has attempted at several junctions to limit the financial contributions of individuals and corporations to political entities. The Supreme Court, in response, has invalidated an increasing number of those restrictions as unconstitutional restrictions of free speech. Campaign finance regulations and the constitutional protection of free speech raise difficult and essential questions about the role and impact of money in elections and what constitutes an effective democracy.

  • Rights of a Citizen - Virtual

    Students will be able to identify the political rights of citizens of the United States.

  • The Constitution - Virtual

    By the end of the lesson, students will define the many different parts of our Constitution as evidenced by their completion of the exit slip.

  • The Constitution of the United States - Virtual

    By the end of the lesson, students will define the many different parts of our Constitution as evidenced by their poster presentation/rubric; showcasing the definitions and meanings and significance of their particular section.

  • The First Ten Amendments - Virtual

    Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and communicate the meanings of the 10 Amendments of the Bill of Rights. They will be able to identify the rights that mean the most to them. They will be able to connect the relevance of the amendments in connection with their own lives.

  • Bill of Rights for Fifth Graders

    Students will review the U.S. Bill of Rights and create a final product that accurately illustrates the meaning of an amendment, which they will then share with their classmates.

  • Constitutional Values

    Students will be able to examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s power of judicial review and critique the various approaches justices take when interpreting the Constitution. Further, students will understand how the constitutional right to free speech has evolved over time.

  • Debating Hypothetical Constitutional Issues

    Students will understand how the constitution is a document that is constantly being debated, and that the there are multiple interpretations of the constitution.

  • Do You Know Your Rights?

    Know the different rights guaranteed to the citizens of the United States and the reason the rights were created.

  • National Symbols and the History of Our Country

    Students will learn about the Declaration of Independence, the Boston Tea Party, and the Constitution in a developmentally appropriate manner. The purpose of this unit is to learn about our nation and to build a classroom community by using the ideas of our founding fathers.  For each symbol or document, the class will develop a related symbol or document.  Each activity will connect our country’s symbols to our class symbols. This helps the children to bond as classmates.

  • Rights of a Citizen

    Students will be able to identify the political rights of citizens of the United States.

  • Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights

    Students will be able to demonstrate and communicate the meanings of the ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights by translating them and distributing them on handouts to the class. Following a review of the ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights, students will write a paragraph for each Amendment and explain how it affects their life, using a topic sentence, three supporting details and a concluding sentence.

  • The Constitution

    By the end of the lesson, students will define the many different parts of our Constitution as evidenced by their poster presentation/rubric; showcasing the definitions and meanings and significance of their particular section.

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These two days were so valuable! It's the best PD I've had in a long time. I enjoyed hearing what teachers do in other parts of the country. Judge Rendell coming really made an impact on me. Her coming made me feel that what we do is important.
- Teacher
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