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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

What Is Government and Do We Need It?

This lesson provides students with a working definition of government and to recognize its purpose. This lesson will help students not...

Units:
Foundations of American Government
Levels:
Elementary School
Talking Turkey 2017: 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, Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions
Levels:
College/Adult, Elementary School, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey 2017: Cybersecurity

-Cybersecurity refers to a relatively new subcategory of National Security which deals specifically with the security of electronic data...

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 2017: Economy

Heading into 2017, the United States is still recovering from the effects of the 2008 financial recession. GDP (Gross Domestic Product)*...

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 2017: Homeland Security

Terrorist acts are regrettable instances of violence. Though it is difficult, and sad, to talk about terrorism, nevertheless it is an...

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 2017: Healthcare

In September of 2009, Former President Obama put forth a proposal to drastically change our current healthcare system. This policy became...

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 2017: Education

The future of American education has reached a fork in the road. President Donald J. Trump’s selection for national education secretary...

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 2017: Environment and Climate Change

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the executive organization that addresses environmental concerns in the United States....

Units:
Talking Turkey: Dinner Table Discussions
Levels:
College/Adult, High School, Home School, Middle School
Talking Turkey 2017: Social Justice

Individuals participate in civil disobedience to nonviolently show their disapproval of policies, customs, and ideas, and for the purpose...

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