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This toolkit is designed for teachers, curriculum supervisors, and school district administrators with responsibilities for planning a standards-based instructional program that infuses civics education across content areas.

To begin planning for the curricular integration of civics education, consider the strategies below. Most strategies have examples of activities that include connections to at least one New York State Learning Standard. More connections are possible. The examples below are listed as sample ideas.


Develop a civics theme in your local school district which incorporates all New York State Learning Standards.

Provide opportunities for students to learn the context of the rule of law, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and citizenship, through the content, concepts, and skills of all New York State Learning Standards.

Collaborate with other teachers to produce interdisciplinary learning experiences for students.

Encourage civic responsibility – how civics applies to students and to their behavior in the world.

Create learning experiences that connect the study of cultures with the legal foundations of citizens’ rights and responsibilities as practiced in the United States and in other countries.

Collaborate with other teachers and/or library media specialists to develop a cross-content civics education section for your school library. 

Connect the NYS Learning Standards to educational standards in other areas, such as in school library services.


Develop a civics theme in your local school district which incorporates all New York State Learning Standards. 

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Provide opportunities for students to learn the context of the rule of law, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and citizenship, through the content, concepts, and skills of all New York State Learning Standards.

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Collaborate with other teachers to produce interdisciplinary learning experiences for students.

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Encourage civic responsibility – how civics applies to students and to their behavior in the world.

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Create learning experiences that connect the study of cultures with the legal foundations of citizens’ rights and responsibilities as practiced in the United States and in other countries.

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Collaborate with other teachers and/or library media specialists to develop a cross-content civics education section for your school library. 

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Connect the NYS Learning Standards to educational standards in other areas, such as in school library services.

A Common Belief articulated in these standards is that “Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught” (In this increasingly global world of information, students must be taught to seek diverse perspectives, gather and use information ethically, and use social tools responsibly and safely.)
MST Standard 2, Key Idea 2: PI 2.3 - Commencement

A sample Standard is listed below:

Standard 3
Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

3.1 Skill 3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.
3.2 Disposition in Action 3.2.2 Show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions.
3.3 Responsibility 3.3.6 Use information and knowledge in the service of democratic values.
3.4 Self-Assessment Strategy 3.4.3 Assess own ability to work with others in a group setting by evaluating varied roles, leadership, and demonstrations of respect for other viewpoints

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