Democracy in America
Brown University maintains The Choices Program, presenting teaching guides and curriculum based on current events as well as history. The site presents policy choices reasonably and cogently.
A great go-to resource when the day's news overtakes the normal classroom flow.
With another round of elections coming up, the Electoral Vote Predictor can be used in a number of ways. The site tracks state-by-state polls for President and Senators, and presents the results in map, spreadsheet, table, and graph form. It also has a lively bog that tracks current election news, with a special emphases on polling and statistics.
This resource can be used in a number of areas, including science, math and social studies. It provides a graphic example of how the Electoral College works, and shows that while a single observation may be inaccurate, a large observation set will usually be very close to the final result.
The site is maintained by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, a U.S. citizen and professor of Computer Science living in Amsterdam, and Christopher Bates, teaching at UCLA and Cal Poly Pomona.
When immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before a Citizenship and Immigration Services (INS) officer. The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions. See if you (and your students) could answer some sample questions.
VoteSmart is a useful research tool. You can enter in a zip code or name and get information on your national, state and even local politicians (scroll to the bottom of the list). It includes biographies, their votes, and positions on issues.
This site from the Department of Education is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.
Broken out by grade level, the goal is to make history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.
NOVA's Saving the National Treasures has launched a site to illustrate the efforts at preserving the PHYSICAL documents of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The site asks student to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms. Includes videos, an instructor area, and lesson plans.
Today, blogs are a populist way of encouraging democracy, because they can be set up by anyone. Speaking of History is an example.
Certainly, students can encounter odd blogs or personal diaries, but it is a great tool for a classroom.