Civics classes

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Discover civics activities designed to engage students of all grade levels and introduce excitement into learning about government and society.

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Create a government communication to share important news

Students use Adobe Spark to mock up hypothetical government communications.

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Produce a video about government and civics

Students use Adobe Spark to film reflections on how the government uses technology to communicate.

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Analyze and investigate online images to determine their origins

Students use Adobe Acrobat to share their research on the veracity of images.

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Design a public service announcement poster

Students use Adobe Spark to create public service announcements about current regulations.

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Create an infographic to contextualize an online claim

Students use Adobe Spark to explore how online claims reflect an author's motivation.

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Create a web page about social media and protests

Students use Adobe Spark to analyze how social media facilitates participation in protest movements.

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Present a climate change issue that affects your community

Students use Adobe Spark to present on a climate change issue that affects them today.

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Design a web page to pitch a social impact stock portfolio

Students use Adobe Spark to create social impact portfolios and pitch them to potential clients.

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Film a short video about environmental awareness

Students use Adobe Spark to create videos about how they can help stop climate change.

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Film a political advertisement for a fictional campaign

Students use Adobe Spark to create their own campaign advertisements.

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Design an infographic to show the history of a reform movement

Students use Adobe Spark to show how a reform movement achieved results.

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Illustrate an argument on a social or political issue

Students use Adobe Premiere Rush to create a short mash-up video visualizing an argument.

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Develop a web page to investigate a Sustainable Development Goal

Students use Adobe Spark to research, write, and illustrate narratives about sustainability.

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Develop a web page to consider how protests create change

Students use Adobe Spark to analyze the political and social impacts of protests.

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Produce a video to share your political stump speech

Students use Adobe Spark to learn about, create, and share political stump speeches.

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Design a current events newsletter

Students use Adobe InDesign to create newsletters collecting their writing about current events.

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Enhance your civics classes with creativity

Civics classes are an important gateway for students to learn about the self, the society they live in, and the wider world. But the primary objective of teaching civics goes beyond teaching how government works; rather, a great civics class incorporates hands-on learning to stimulate active participation. Studying civics involves students learning about democratic processes, thinking about how to become active participants in society, and finding the right platforms, tools, and issues through which to express their unique voices. This collection of civics activities and projects was curated to motivate and engage your students’ creativity and community values so they begin to think deeply about government and society.

Additionally, this collection of civics lesson plans is written not just to pass information to students, but also to enable them to turn their creativity into deep learning opportunities. Our civics activities and projects are designed by and for educators who believe that making space for creative expression can not only save you time and enhance your teaching, but also inspire students across all grade levels. Even more exciting, these are just a few of the many civics lesson plans available on the Adobe Education Exchange, each of which is flexible and adaptable so you can easily mix and match content and project types to fit the specific needs of your civics class.

Increase participation with exciting civics activities

Because Adobe believes in creativity for all, we know that — in today’s world — civic learning is not just a matter of understanding government structure. Rather, high-quality civics activities like those collected here and on the Education Exchange should help students build important 21st-century competencies like digital citizenship, online literacy, and civic awareness, while at the same time scaffolding their ability to express themselves with digital tools. Our immersive civics activities, projects, and lesson plans teach students to express their relationship with society and help them become active participants and engaged citizens.

This curation includes a wide variety of teaching resources, with something sure to fit your classroom type, software license, or teaching style. Even more exciting, all the civics activities you see here are completely free and can be adapted for use with multiple products, from industry-standard tools like Adobe Premiere Pro and InDesign to simple, free tools like Adobe Spark Page and Video. By putting these free civics activities, projects, and lesson plans together with Adobe’s cutting-edge software, you're sure to find materials and resources that can fit any civics class.

Frequently asked questions

Experiential learning opportunities help students understand unfamiliar topics. To introduce excitement and fun into your civics classes, consider activities that ask students to simulate civic duties and responsibilities, like asking students to design social media posts for historic figures or create inspiring class-president campaign videos.

Leveraging students’ creativity can help inspire them to reflect on how they can become more involved in their communities. To encourage your students to become informed and engaged citizens, civics lesson plans should include projects or activities with creative challenges that encourage students to think critically about the purpose and function of government.

Use Adobe Education Exchange resources to find a variety of civics activities, projects, and lesson plans. Whether you’re teaching your students about how to create a PSA, how to take action on a climate issue, or how to make an inspiring video, we have a number of exciting and creative lesson plans designed to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, we have other curated civics searches and pages that are linked in the "explore more” resources section.