Core Civics

  • Founding Principles & Civic Virtues
    • This two-page chart explains the civic virtues (and opposing vices) discussed in BRI’s curricula, most directly in Heroes & Villains and American Portraits; and the founding principles we explore in all our resources.
  • Being an American
    • Teaches core civics: principles, virtues, founding documents, branches of government, social contract, and basic rights. It teaches the essential connections between the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.  Being an American includes supports for English language learners, tools for teaching primary source analysis, and vocabulary building for all ages.
  • Heroes & Villains
    • Teaches character through the lives of significant historical figures. Written at a middle school level, it is easy to adapt for elementary, middle, or high school.
  • American Portraits
    • Offers 139 mini-biographies of significant Americans, with each story focusing on one of the civic virtues. Written for elementary & middle school ages.
  • Point-Counterpoint Activities
    • Strengthen students' critical-thinking skills as they analyze contrasting arguments on historical themes from noted scholars. These questions are part of BRI’s comprehensive US history resource, Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, and are best for high-school students.
  • Scholar Talks
    • Helps teachers and parents learn more on specific topics in civics and history as explored with scholars from around the country. Topic areas include American history, the presidency, Black intellectuals, the American Founders, and others.

The Framers and the Constitutional Convention* 

  • Getting to Union: Navigating Differences in the Constitutional Convention
    • Emphasizes the rules the delegates in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 established to debate their differences and create the Union. It demonstrates that the rules of engagement they established built trust among the delegates and made compromise possible. This founding story can be viewed as a model of dialogue across our differences for American society today.
  • Framers' Debates on Religion
    • Explores the debates for an amendment concerning religion in the First Federal Congress of 1789, which adopted the federal bill of rights. This includes the First Amendment religion clauses, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…"  It concludes with an exploration of the provisions about religion in the Utah State Constitutional Convention of 1895, which established the strongest separation between church and state in the Union at the time.
    • *Lesson plans developed in collaboration with the Quill Project at Pembroke College, Oxford University

Civil Dialogue

Utah 3Rs Project

  • Fosters an understanding of religious liberty, religious literacy, and civil dialogue through the First Amendment principles: rights, responsibility, and respect.

LivingRoom Conversations

  • A library of free conversation guides on more than 160 different topics. These plug-and-play guides are proven to foster connection while bettering listening and understanding across differences.

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Law Related Education of Utah
    • Law-related education programs and curricula promote understanding and appreciation of the law, the legal system, and inviduals' rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens. They employ legal processes and principles to help people find practical solutions to every day problems.
  • We The People Civic Education
    • An innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic that promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students.

Document Collections

  • Stanford History Education Group 
    • Hundreds of document-based lessons on U.S. and world-history topics with simplified documents prepared by researchers at the Stanford History Education Group.
  • New York State Social Studies Resource Toolkit
    • Resources for inquiries following the Inquiry Design Model divided into K–4, 5–8, and 9–12 curriculum of New York State prepared by New York teachers and researchers.
  • Read. Inquiry. Write. 
    • Resources produced at the University of Michigan for investigations in world geography, ancient-world history, and U.S. history with study guides and tools to support students’ reading, thinking, and writing.
  • Digital Public Library of America
    • Primary source sets on a hundreds of U.S. history topics, with about 15 documents in each set.
  • DOCSTeach 
    • Produced by the National Archives, this collection includes scores of document sets on US history topics with ideas for lessons.
  • Library of Congress 
    • A “Teachers” tab links to resources for teaching with primary sources including study guides, blog posts, lesson plans, media presentations, and primary source sets.
  • Chronicling America
    • Provides a method of searching hundreds of newspapers for keywords.
  • C3 Teachers 
    • An “inquiries” tab connects to hundreds of IDM based inquiries created by teachers using the template of compelling and supporting questions.
  • Historical Scenes Investigation (HSI)
    • Thirteen lessons on a variety of US history topics presented as historical mysteries.
    • Created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with introductory material on historical thinking and links to teaching materials for teaching with documents, artifacts, photographs, etc.
  • UC Berkeley History-Social-Science Project
    • Produced by University of California at Berkeley, “teacher resource” tab links to CHSSP lessons organized by elementary, middle school, and high school grade level, with many primary source lessons.
  • Historical Thinking Matters
    • Produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, includes materials for 4 inquiries: Spanish– American War, Scopes Trial, Social Security, Rosa Parks.
  • America in Class 
    • Produced by the National Humanities Center this site includes collections with scores of texts related to US history themes, with framing questions, resources, and reading guides.
  • Everyday Americans, Exceptional Americans
    • Produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, primary source activities on Rosa Parks, the End of the Cold War, Sarah Green Probate Record (a plantation owner), and Westward Expansion, with one or two carefully selected primary sources and guides for teaching them.
  • Image detective
    • A website designed to support students as they analyze photographs associated with the turn of the 20th century.
  • The Historical Thinking Project 
    • Created by Canadian researchers, this site includes primary source sets associated with Canadian History (including the French and Indian War, the War of 1812), study guides, and other resources for promoting historical thinking.
    • Produced by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, it includes collections of primary sources and important American documents related to general themes (Revolutionary War) in US History with introductions
  • Uncovering America
    • Produced by the National Gallery of Art, this resource includes collections of images with lesson ideas on 15 general topics in US history.
  • World History Commons
    • Produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University this site is an open educational resource with 1,700 annotated primary sources related to world history organized into short or long teaching models
  • World History Matters
    • Produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University this site provides links to a number of other sites with resources on teaching about children, women, and other topics in world history.
  • Children and Youth in History
    • Primary sources and teaching modules related to children in world history.
  • Women in World History
    • Links to hundreds of documents with lesson ideas and materials for teaching about women in world history.
  • Our Past, Their Present 
    • Six document-based lessons on Utah History provided by the Utah Division of State History.
  • Bill of Rights Institute
    • A range of primary sources on themes such as “Life Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Documents of Freedom, and Heroes and Villains.”
    • Collections of lesson materials for teaching about and with music.
  • Utah History Inquiries
    • Nine inquiries on Utah history topics with questions, background information, a mini-archive, and teaching resources.

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