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Commons – Digital Town Square™

Course Description

Commons – Digital Town Square™ is an innovative online learning platform that prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens through educational gaming, personalized social components to spark civic engagement, and connections to community leaders and heroes. It is both standards-based and student focused, with learning activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards for literacy in History and Social Studies.  Content topics include:

  • Rights of US Citizens
  • Structure of US Government
  • Elections and Voting
  • Juries and the Courts
  • Persuasive Writing and Debate
  • Taxes and Budgets
  • Duties of Elected Officials
  • Legislative Process
  • State and Local Government
  • Information Sheet:

    Commons - Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders

Course Overview

Quick Facts

  • Target Audience:

    8th-10th Grades

  • Suggested Placement:

    Social Studies and ELA

  • Time:

    4-5 Hours

  • No Cost:

    Free for Teachers and Students

  • Standards:

    Common Core State Standards for Writing and Literacy in History/Social Studies

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