Middle School Civics

Pre-Requisites: None; recommended for students in 7th grade
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments/32-36 weeks


Learning about civics gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to be active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. In this course, students discover the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States. They learn about the structure of the government and how it works at the local, state, and federal levels. This course examines elections, the lawmaking process, and how citizens can impact public policy. Students also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world. Geography and economics support the learning of civics in this course. Engaging in this study prepares students to be informed citizens who are ready to participate in the American democracy!

Major Topics and Concepts

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One
Using Maps
Geography of the United States
American Culture
Effective Citizenship
Principles of American Democracy
Declaration of Independence
The U.S. Constitution
Analyzing Historical Documents
Structure and Functions of the Federal Government
Checks and Balances
The Bill of Rights
The Amendment Process
State and Local Governments
Rule of Law
The Lawmaking Process
The U.S. Court System
Jury Trials
Local Government and Activism
Segment Two
Influencing Government
The Media
Interest Groups
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Perspectives on Current Issues
Political Parties
Analyzing Data
·         Comparing the United States and the World
Cultural Diffusion
Domestic and Foreign Policy
·         Trade and Currency
·         International Organizations

·         Basic Economic Concepts
Competition and Entrepreneurship
Banking in the United States
Making a Budget
Service Learning 
Starting Segment I or Segment II:

Getting Started

  • Welcome to Civics!


  • Segment One
  • Segment Two

Segment I

  • 01.00: Citizenship Introduction
  • 01.01: How Do We Define the United States?
  • 01.02: What Is Culture?
  • 01.03: What Can Maps Tell Us?
  • 01.04: How Are Citizenship and Ecology Connected?
  • 01.05: What Is a U.S. Citizen?
  • 01.06: What Is Effective Citizenship?
  • 01.07: Who Shows Great Citizenship? (Advanced)
  • 01.08: Citizenship Review and DBA
  • 01.09: Citizenship Unit Exam
  • 02.00: Foundations Introduction
  • 02.01: Who Influenced the Founding Fathers?
  • 02.02: Which Important Documents Influenced America?
  • 02.03: Why Is the Declaration of Independence Important?
  • 02.04: What Is the Intent of the Constitution?
  • 02.05: How Do the Branches of Government Work?
  • 02.06: How Are the Powers Balanced?
  • 02.07: How Are Rights Protected?
  • 02.08: How Can the Constitution Change?
  • 02.09: What Should Be the Next Amendment? (Advanced)
  • 02.10: Foundations Review and DBA
  • 02.11: Foundations Unit Exam
Sharing Power
  • 03.00: Sharing Power Introduction
  • 03.01: What Is Federalism?
  • 03.02: How Are States Governed?
  • 03.03: What Is Rule of Law?
  • 03.04: How Are Laws Made?
  • 03.05: Does Lawmaking Shape Society? (Advanced)
  • 03.06: How Do the Courts Work?
  • 03.07: How Does a Jury Trial Ensure Justice?
  • 03.08: How Can We Solve Local Problems?
  • 03.09: Sharing Power Review and DBA
  • 03.10: Sharing Power Unit Exam
  • 03.11: Segment One Review and Exam
Segment II
Active Citizens
  • 04.00: Active Citizens Introduction
  • 04.01: How Do Citizen Perspectives Differ?
  • 04.02: What Is Judicial Review?
  • 04.03: How Can Art Inspire Action? (Advanced)
  • 04.04: What Are the Rights of the Accused?
  • 04.05: What Are the Rights of Speech?
  • 04.06: How Can We Influence Government?
  • 04.07: How Do Elections Impact Society?
  • 04.08: What Are Demographics?
  • 04.09: Active Citizens Review and DBA
  • 04.10: Active Citizens Unit Exam
Going Global
  • 05.00: Going Global Introduction
  • 05.01: How Do Other Nations Govern?
  • 05.02: How Does Geography Affect Society?
  • 05.03: Why Should Nations Diversify?
  • 05.04: What's New in the World? (Advanced)
  • 05.05: What Are National Policies?
  • 05.06: How Does Currency Affect Trade?
  • 05.07: How Do We Participate in a World Community?
  • 05.08: Going Global Review and DBA
  • 05.09: Global Unit Exam
American Money
  • 06.00: American Money Introduction
  • 06.01: How Does Scarcity Affect Us?
  • 06.02: What Are Incentives?
  • 06.03: What Is the Role of Competition?
  • 06.04: How Does Banking Work?
  • 06.05: Why Should We Pay Taxes?
  • 06.06: What Are the Priorities? (Advanced)
  • 06.07: How Does Borrowing Money Affect Us?
  • 06.08: American Money Review and DBA
  • 06.09: American Money Unit Exam
  • 06.10: Segment Two Review and Exam

Service Learning

  • Service Learning Project Part A
  • Service Learning Project Part B

Grading Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, and discussion-based assessments. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

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