We Rule: Civics For All of US

Overview 

We Rule: Civics for All of US is a new national civic education initiative from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Legislative Archives and the National Archives that promotes civic literacy  and engagement. As part of this initiative, the education team at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Legislative Archives and educators across the National Archives will be providing teachers with programming, curricula, and exceptional field trip experiences both online and in-person.  

Our interactive distance learning programs draw upon the vast holdings of the National Archives to promote the knowledge and skills students need for civic engagement in the 21st century.  

Available Programs 

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The Constitution Rules! for Grades K-2 

In this 30-minute program, students will explore the idea of different responsibilities in  their community and analyze images that highlight the jobs of the three branches of  government as outlined in the Constitution. 

 

Image of the Constitution of the United States of America on display in the Rotunda between two American flags

The Constitution and Our Community for Grades 3-5 

In this 45-minute program, students will explore the idea of community, hone their  primary source analysis skills by examining government records, and connect the  Constitution to their own lives. 

 

Requesting a Program 

Live distance learning programs are available by request from the National Archives and  Presidential Libraries. Programs are available Tuesdays–Fridays for groups of 10 or more  students. The National Archives requires that the requesting educator or another educator from  your institution be present during the student distance learning program to observe the session  and support classroom management. 

Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance and include the following information:

  • School/Group name and location (city and state) 
  • Requested program 
  • Preferred dates and times for your program (please provide 2-3 options)
  • Grade level  
  • Number of students 

Email civics@nara.gov to request your program today! 

Each program will be led by one of our educators located at National Archives sites and  Presidential Libraries across the country. After submitting your program request, you will be  connected to an available National Archives educator at one of our locations nationwide to finalize your reservation. You will also receive a teacher guide with additional pre- and post-program activities. 

About We Rule: Civics for All of US 

Using the diverse and varied historical documents and government records preserved by the National Archives, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Center for Legislative Archives, the National Civics  Education Initiative will deliver thought-provoking educational programs and powerful  educational resources to students. These programs will be facilitated by National Archives educators across all locations, both onsite and through distance learning, engaging diverse  communities regardless of their proximity to NARA facilities.  

The initiative is built around five questions: 

  1. What does an individual gain from being civically aware and engaged?
  2. What tools are available for individuals, and groups, to share and shape  our democracy? 
  3. How have these tools been used by others in the past? 
  4. How can an ordinary individual use the tools in their own lives? 
  5. How does the United States benefit from civic engagement? 

These questions will guide students as they explore the big ideas of the founding documents and discover the power they have to make a difference as an important part of “We the People.”