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If you're looking for a fun site to compliment your civics instruction, you'll want to take a look at iCivics. The iCivics site is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about elections, their rights, and government. iCivics engages students in meaningful civics learning and provides teachers with numerous free resources, which include print-and-go lesson plans, interactive digital tools, and award-winning games to keep your students engaged. With a free teacher account, you can set up your own classroom, make assignments, start discussions, and follow student progress.

Content is delivered in many different forms. There are games, lesson plans, WebQuests, DBQuest, Drafting Board, and election resources. DBQuest takes a look at primary sources, and Drafting Board guides students through the process of creating an argumentative essay. Curriculum is divided into units, and each unit has numerous lesson plans. You can search by content, standard, or just browse the different units.

iCivics uses numerous games to keep students engaged in learning. Students earn points and then use those points to vote for their favorite projects. Take a look at the numerous games available. Most games can be completed in less than 30 minutes. One of the most popular games is Win the White House. Students are given a campaign manager for direction, but then they have to address the issues. Let's take a look.

There you are, the next President of the United States. That is, if you listen to my advice. My name's Anna. I'm your campaign manager.

[music playing]

We need to win the party's primary elections before we run in the national race. Let's start by getting ready for your first debate in Iowa. Take ownership of issues that are important to you and your voters.

I stand for securing our borders. I'd like to hear your reasoning.

I can't argue with that.

Be sure to take a look at iCivics.

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