American History 120: (Diana Fordham): Becoming Civically Engaged

Resources for Mrs. Fordham's History class

Civics 101

Use these resources to learn more about the history and organization of the U.S. Federal Government or to learn more about how to become involved. Click on the red hyperlink.


   - "iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor..."

Civics Flash Cards for the New Naturalization Test - Online

   - Includes the 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers for the new naturalization test. Also available in print.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America

   - This site is home to the most comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.

Contact Your Legislators!

How to Contact Your Elected Officals

Contacting Elected Officials:

  • Contact information for state and federal elected officials.

Contact the White House

  • Find contact information for calling or writing questions, comments, concerns, or well-wishes to the President or his staff. Another option is to send an email using the form found on the same page.

Contact Your Senator

  • This Senate directory provides a mailing address and web contact form for each U.S. Senator.

Find Your Representative

  • This service will assist you by identifying your congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives and providing contact information.


Civics: noun (plural) a social science dealing with the rights and duties of citizens

Definition from Merriam-Webster

Quick & Easy Activism

Free app uses your location to find your local representatives, provides phone numbers and scripts.

"We make civic engagement easy and painless, with a single action every day—connecting citizens to their legislators with a quick swipe of their phones."

"Get clear, concise summaries of bills going through Congress, see what others think, then take action."

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