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 kinds of evidence can you find to support your opinion that people who are angry about new immigrants often come from families that were once immigrants?
Anger Against Immigrants
Was it difficult for immigrants to become U.S. citizens in the early 20th century?
Becoming a U.S. Citizen
An earlier Supreme Court ruling allowed separate "white schools" and "black schools," as long as they both provide an equal education. Is "separate but equal" really equal?
Brown vs. Board of Education
How did the “Jim Crow” laws disenfranchise African American citizens?
Federalism and “Jim Crow” Laws
Since the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written in the 1700s, how can we expect the people who wrote those documents to know what our world would be like today?
Fourth Amendment Rights in Modern Day America
What evidence supports the view that you should be free to print even controversial opinions in a school newspaper?
Freedom of Press
How does freedom of speech affect things that didn't even exist when the Constitution was written?
Freedom of Speech
The U.S. government said they were forcing Japanese-Americans to live in these camps to protect them from acts of discrimination by other Americans. What are their rights?
Japanese-American Internment and Citizenship Rights
What are 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
How can propaganda, information that’s aimed at people’s emotions, impact American policies and laws?
Propaganda and “Fake News”
How have Americans throughout history used protests and expressing one's opinion to influence political options and decision-making?
Protests and the Many Sides of Public Opinion
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
When people express their opinions, does it help create real-world change even if they disagree?
Role of Multiple Perspectives in Political Process
What are three facts that you feel are most essential for someone to understand the story of the Little Rock Nine?
School Desegregation and the Little Rock Nine
Would someone from the 1700s have the same feelings for the Second Amendment now as in their time?
Second Amendment Rights and Limitations
Certain groups had to fight to win their right to vote, but have they faced voter suppression since then?
How much power does the president have, and how must the president work with other parts of the U.S. government?
What Are the Limits of the President’s Power?
What lessons about democracy can you apply from history to help your Civics Club?
What is Democracy?
What can you learn from historical speeches - either good or bad - to help you make a better speech today?