Illinois Civics Initiative

Facing History’s resources and approach offer proven civic learning practices to help teachers meet the Illinois statewide civics initiative, #CivicsIsBack.

Facing History supports teachers and students as they wrestle with difficult issues through the lens of history and civics. By teaching students to think critically, empathize, recognize moral choices, and make their voices heard, Facing History puts in their hands the possibility—and the responsibility—to do the serious work demanded of us all as citizens.

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Featured Civics Resources

Help students become informed and effective civic participants in today's digital landscape. This unit is design to develop students' critical thinking, news literacy, civic engagement, and social-emotional skills and competencies.

This resource investigates the choices made by the Little Rock Nine and others in the Little Rock community during the civil rights movement who made efforts to desegregate Central High School in 1957.

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Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.