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I cannot say how much I appreciate your thorough research, your efforts to give all sides of issues accurately, and your efforts to make what you offer relevant.- Ann H., El Paso, TX

CRF provides classroom teachers and students with high-quality content and thought-provoking questioning strategies to promote critical-thinking development, open discussion of issues, and interactive activities to heighten learning. When addressing controversial contemporary or historical issues, we strive to provide a balanced presentation and multiple perspectives. Most of our lessons directly address national and state standards, and additionally we are aligning to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social-Sciences. 

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Citizen U: Civics Across the Curriculum using primary sources from the Library of Congress!

Free online workshops in APRIL on the subjects you teach. Each workshop will provide:

  • An introduction to using primary sources in a civics-enhanced core curriculum
  • Practical strategies for your classroom teaching in upper elementary grades, middle school, and high school
  • Subject-area focus in science, math, English-language arts, and social studies
  • Access to lessons from Citizen U, a project of the Library of Congress’s Teaching With Primary Sources Consortium

Bring these primary-source lessons to your classroom!

  • English Content - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (7PM - 8PM EST, 6PM - 7PM CST, and 4PM - 5PM PST)

The webinars and lesson materials are presented free of charge.

The first 50 teachers to register and attend will receive a $25.00 stipend.

Presented by Barat Education Foundation and Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Click Here to Register Now!


Economic Crisis

  • The Great Recession: What Were the Causes?
  • The Marquis de Lafayette: A Noble Revolutionary
  • What Caused the Great Depression and Why Did Recovery Take So Long?


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hobbes locke rouseauHobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau on Government   

This study of Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau is designed to give students an understanding of the ideas of these four philosophers and is also an opportunity for them to reflect on humanity's need for order and efforts to create stability within the social community more. . . 

federalist_newIf Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution With The Federalist Papers    

This lesson explores the Federalist Papers. First, students engage in a discussion about how they get information about current issues. Next, they read a short history of the Federalist Papers and work in small groups to closely examine the text. Then, each small group presents its ideas to the class as a catalyst for further, large-group discussion. Finally, students more. . .

Civic Action Project (CAP)

CAP is a different kind of civics and government course. Think of it as a culmination of what students learn through the course of their social studies education, a chance to apply what they have learned in the real world experience of taking civic action. Learn more about CAP.

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A one-stop resource center for California social studies educators at the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels.

Free Lesssons

Black History Month

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California Civics Day for Teachers Civics lessons and resources to encourage participation in professional development opportunities.

Educating About Immigration is a new web site devoted to issues of immigration for the classroom from CRF!

Educating About Intellectual Property CRF and Street Law, Inc. are collaborating on an exciting new web resource on intellectual property.  

Bill of Rights in Action Many lessons on U.S. history, world history, and government

Subscribe to Bill of Rights in Action Sent to you quarterly, free of charge.

Free Sample Lessons Download sample lessons.


Mock Trial

Teaching American History


Special Features

CRF Blog Information, discussion, and links useful to educators.

Quotes of the Month Quotes and ideas for using quotes in your classroom.

Small Learning Community

Research Links Ranked #1 on Los Angeles Times' list of "super-sites" for students.

Teachers' CRF Stories Read some. Share your own.


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Middle School e-Lessons for U.S. History, World History, and Social Studies. Buy Online and Download NOW.

Criminal Justice in America The best introductory text on the criminal justice system.

Adventures in Law and History Motivating lessons for upper-elementary students.