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Resources for Civics and Government
As you've come to expect, this is NOT an all-inclusive, set-in-stone smorgasbord of resources to be used in building curriculum and effective classroom instruction. In the Digital Age, resources appear continuously. Isn't it wonderful?
Census 2010 --
interactive maps and data source for having students apply math skills to how representation is determined in the Congress.
Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
(a joint effort of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law)
Astounding. I can see why the NY Times and the BBC were enthralled. It's the UN's CyberSchool Bus, the CIA Fact Book, and the World Almanac rolled up into a Digital Age bundle.
Official U.S. Executive Branch Websites
maintained by the Library of Congress)
Pennsylvania Educational Alliance for Citizenship
Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Unified Judicial System
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate
United States Supreme Court
The American Presidency
Search Engine for the U. S. Government
Pennsylvania Charter (1681)
Doc Heritage (PHMC)
(most recent version) (
(multiple sources and historical analysis from the Duquesne Law School)
Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges
The Federalist Papers
The Pennsylvania Manual
is published biannually by Bureau of Publications and offers a wealth of information and statistics about the governmental entities of the Commonwealth. It is available at cost from the State Bookstore, or it can be viewed or downloaded.
Classroom Instruction Resources
National Constitution Center
PennCORD Keystone Programs (
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Land Choices
The superb resource from Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Legislative Process
Dirksen Congressional Center
The News Literacy Project
--Sorting and processing information in the Information Age is a major 21st Century skill.
The Annenberg Trust at Sunnylands
Center for Civic Education
) the Center for Civic Education, including information about
We The People.
Bill of Rights Institute
Pennsylvania Student Voices
Constitutional Rights Foundation
). Based in the UK and considered one of the most respected and analytical sources of international news.
) An older and perhaps even more respected American source of online news. Note the cooperation with CNN (see below).
) A relative newcomer to the news business (but over a quarter century old) and often criticized for venturing away from "news" and creating a new form of entertainment. Note that the CNN site does not credit
) Do "more Americans get their news from ABC than from any other source?" Contrast this site to those of its historic competitors,
). How are they different? Similar? Now contrast to relative upstart
). Are there different perspectives of the same news event? How is that?
) How is "news" impacted by culture? Contrast media outlets with Al Jazeera, an Arabic news source with a worldwide following, and see for yourself.
) Once again, a widely respected international source of news. How is it different from what you have gained from domestic sources?
National Public Radio
) How does National Public Radio, an American source of news, differ from its counterparts?
The World Press Review
) provides an interesting anthology of press headlines and stories from around the world.
) the official news agency of the Chinese government.
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