Explore these pre-made civics challenges geared for 6th through 8th grade classrooms. Once you select a challenge, share its code with your students so they can make their case.
What evidence supports the view that the press should be free to print even controversial opinions in a newspaper?
Freedom of Press
What can you learn from past political speeches that can help you make a powerful speech today?
What Makes a Great Political Speech?
How did the Triangle Shirtwaist fire change the way that governments regulate private industry to protect workers?
Worker Protections and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
What can art teach us about social activism? How can art inspire others to take action?
Harriet Tubman: An Inspiration for Activism
What were the differences between the Democrats and the Republicans when they first began, and how have the two political parties changed over time?
Principles of Major Political Parties
Certain groups had to fight to win the right to vote, but have they faced voter suppression since then?
Abolitionists demanded an end to slavery. How were they able to use language as a tool to convince others to change their minds?
Frederick Douglass: Using the Power of Language to Affect Change
How did Federalism allow for the disenfranchisement of Black citizens in the United States?
Federalism and “Jim Crow” Laws
America is known as the “land of the free, home of the brave,” but is it really? What evidence can you find to support whether or not the U.S. made efforts to welcome immigrants?
Welcome to America?
What can we learn about people, nature, and natural resources by looking closely at primary sources from the debate over Hetch Hetchy Valley?
National Parks: Save or Use?
Citizens rely on the government to create laws to keep them safe. Sometimes, government is slow to update laws, and citizens need to take action. How can civic action make a difference?
Investigative Journalism and Civic Action
The Declaration of Independence says “all men are created equal,” but it says nothing about women. Who has the right to vote in a representative democracy?
Representative Elections and Democracy
Propaganda was crucial to U.S. involvement in World War I. How does propaganda influence people’s opinions?
Propaganda: What’s the Truth?
How have Americans throughout history used protests to influence political decision-making?
Protests and the Many Sides of Public Opinion
How did immigrants contribute to their new communities in the early 20th century?
Immigrant Contributions to the United States
What is the Equal Rights Amendment, and does this amendment still make sense today?
Fighting for Equality Under the Law: The Equal Rights Movement
During World War II, the U.S. government forced Japanese Americans out of their homes and into internment camps. Was this a violation of their rights?
Japanese American Internment and Citizenship Rights
Desegregating schools in the United States has been a long process. How did students help integrate schools in the years following the Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education?
Separate but Not Equal
Why is it important that students’ freedom of speech is protected both inside and outside of school?
How Free is Freedom of Speech?
How does the Constitution protect Indigenous sovereignty?
Indigenous Sovereignty: A Nation Among Nations
Why would there need to be changes made to the Constitution of the United States, the founding document of the U.S.?