Author Archives: Jennifer Bloom

ELECTIONS! Super Civics Election Challenges Lessons Grades K-6

We know that teaching elections might not be top on your list. Not to worry.  Our Super Civics teacher team has created quick grade-level lessons Read More

New Super Civics Challenges

NEW! SUPER CIVICS CHALLENGES New Distance Learning Activities for elementary students Civic learning activities that engage elementary students in exploring social studies in their homes Read More

Minnesota Civic Education Survey

Take the voluntary Minnesota Civic Education Survey 2019. You won’t get a grade but you will see how you match up and what you might do Read More

Super Civics for MN K-8 teachers Summer Institute

                          2021 Super Civics Summer Institute for MN K-8 teachers TENTATIVE June  2021 9 Read More

New Minnesota Civics Test

In 2016, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law requiring Minnesota students in public schools to pass a civics test. Passing this test is not required Read More

Project Citizen State Showcase at the State Capitol TENTATIVE

Students will show what they know in this project-based-learning on solving public problems. More Information

US Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Prioritizing Civics Education

Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Prioritizing Civics Education  Understanding the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship is Essential to the Future Prosperity of Our Nation  WASHINGTON Read More

MCSS 2020 Super Civics Workshop Powerpoint and Website Resources

MCSS Workshop, March 2, 2020 Super Civics Workshop Super Civics MCSS 2020 Slides Super Civics Summer Institute Opportunity, Program Description, and Tool Box    

Constitution Day Classroom Resources

Interesting Resources for Constitution Day! Technology-based lessons to energize your Constitution Day activities! Also, lessons for every grade level to help you meet the requirements Read More

Constitution Day

For Constitution Day lessons, type in “Constitution” in Find Lessons bar!

The real history of the NRA and gun control in America – Short Video

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, legislators have returned to the debate over gun rights. Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law Read More

New game from iCivics

Can jury duty be fun? In We the Jury, it is. In the latest game from iCivics, you decide a tough case and discover what jurors Read More

We the People State Showcase and Competition Dec. 6

At the State Capitol, participation expenses supported through Legacy Grant, and announcing new pilot program for elementary and middle school students!  Find out more!

Last-minute presidential election guide – top five links worth sharing‏

From  Top five links includes Presidential Candidate  Match Quiz, Candidate Summary Chart, and other important resources for the final days!

Teaching Electoral College

As focus turns to the Electoral College in the last week of the too-close-to-call campaign, explore these lessons on this news-breaking topic: PBS NewsHour includes Read More

Lessons for Minnesota Constitutional Amendments

Minnesota voters face two constitutional amendment questions: marriage and voter ID. New lessons tackle these controversial topics. Minnesota Marriage Amendment  Minnesota Voter ID Amendment New Read More

Advancing civic learning

Opportunity to voice your thoughts. . . From the US Department of Education : At a White House event this past January, the Obama Administration Read More

Looking for lessons on Presidential Debates and Elections?

Links to ideas for teaching the upcoming Presidential Debates. Use a scorecard or bingo game!

Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

Popular, entertaining video that depicts the Founding Fathers as they perform “Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

iCivics launches new game!

 “Win the White House” allows players to run for president from the primaries through Election Day. As part of the Politics and Public Policy curriculum Read More

Supreme Court Teaching Resources

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 The Supreme Court of the United States began the 2011-12 Term on Monday, October 3.  Street Law, Inc. is celebrating the beginning of the Read More

Cases lining up to ask Supreme Court to clarify Second Amendment rights

A funny thing has happened in the three years since gun-rights activists won their biggest victory at the Supreme Court. They’ve been on a losing Read More

We the People Update Washington, DC Institute REGISTRATION CLOSED

We the People/Update goes to Washington! THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY AND THE MEDIA IN A DEMOCRACY Sunday, June 26 (starting around 5 pm) to Read More

NAEP Civics Test Points to Crisis

Only a tiny percentage of American students achieved superior performance in civics on the 2010 NAEP test known as the “nation’s report card.” From the Read More

Updated Lesson: Islamist Terrorism: From 1945 to the Death of bin Laden

On May 1, 2011, President Barak Obama announced to the nation and the world that Osama bin Laden, the head of the Al Qaeda terrorism Read More

Rock the Vote & the National Education Association Announce Democracy Day!

Forty years ago, educators and students worked together to lower the voting age to 18. In doing so, they amended the Constitution and empowered millions Read More

Comment on First Draft of MN Social Studies Standards by March 14

The first draft of the revised standards was posted online on Feb. 25. Members of the public are invited to view the draft and make Read More

Legislator for a Day POSTPONED!

June 21, 2011 8:30-3:00 Minnesota State Capitol Due to the anticipated special legislative session before July 1 and the election to the Minnesota Senate of Read More

Project Citizen Summer Institutes-registration deadline soon!

The early registration deadline for the 2011 Project Citizen Summer Institutes is quickly approaching! Once again the Center for Civic Education is offering five national Read More

New Lesson on presidential powers for Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Ronald Reagan Lesson On the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, the Center for Civic Education and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Read More

A column about Supreme Court of the United States histories that made me smile

Hope you enjoy it too! Mark A. Graber, “The Supreme Court Justices’ Guide to the Supreme Court”

Declaration of Independence You Tube Video

This might be a useful online video resource for teachers: This is an excerpt from a July 1997 CBS News Sunday Morning broadcast (the episode Read More