Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program


EL (English Literacy)/ Civics Lesson Plan


The following are examples of EL-Civics lesson plans that are within the guidelines of the Federal definition of EL-Civics. The framework was created by participants of Maryland's Spring 2009 EL-Civics training and the lesson plans were finalized by the DLLR EL-Civics Specialist. The lesson plans are available in Word format, download Word viewer for free)

The Buffalo (Word document, 42KB)
Objective: SWSBAT: The student will be able to connect the near-extinction of the American Buffalo with contemporary environmental issues and understand the impact of these environmental issues on modern life.

Just the Facts, Ma’am (Word document, 51KB)

  • Students will be able to report a crime and answer questions as a witness.
  • Students will understand that reporting a crime is a responsibility of a good citizen.

US Government Leadership (Word document, 79KB)

  • Students will understand the difference between local, state and federal government and name their president, state governor and city mayor.
  • Students will be able to research and resolve common issues that require dealing with different government agencies.

U.S. History / American Colonists (Word document, 47KB)

  • Students will be able to explain the events that led up to the “Boston Tea Party” and connect this historical event to the "no taxation without representation" principle.
  • Students will be able to identify different ways to protest proposed tax increases.

Volunteering in the United States (Word document, 40KB)
Objective: Students will be able to identify, locate and evaluate several volunteer opportunities in their community and connect the concept of volunteerism with American culture.

World Economic Systems (Word document, 39KB)

  • Students will be able to distinguish between the two major economic systems (capitalism and communism)
  • Students will be able to express their opinion on which system is better using comparatives

Writing To the President of the United States (Word document, 39KB)
Objective: The student will be able to identify a personal issue of governmental concern and write the President a letter stating their opinion.