Project Citizen, Level 1

Project Citizen is a civic education program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students and youth or adult groups. Project Citizen promotes competent and responsible participation in state, local, and federal government. It actively engages people in learning how to monitor and influence public policy. Participants work together as a class or extracurricular group to identify and study a public policy issue. The final product is a portfolio that may be presented before other classes, groups, community organizations, or policymakers. 

The Level 1 text (suggested for grades 5–8) enhances instruction by providing tips from Project Citizen teachers and emphasizes the fundamentals of the public policymaking process. The teacher’s guide features detailed instruction and sample worksheets for conducting a simulated public hearing on students’ project portfolios, the curriculum’s culminating activity. The Project Citizen website features resource links and a sample portfolio. Set includes 30 student books and a teacher’s guide.



Classroom set: $271.00 each (ISBN: 0-89818-226-S)
Student text: $15.00 each; 10 or more: $14.00 each (ISBN: 0-89818-226-2)
Teacher's guide: $18.00 each (ISBN: 0-89818-236-1)


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Student Forms

Sample Portfolio

What Is Public Policy?

Common Core State Standards

Project Citizen is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies. These draft correlations were performed by the Maryland State Department of Education. Download the correlations in pdf format by clicking on the buttons below.


Project Citizen is administered nationally by the Center for Civic Education in cooperation with the National Conference of State Legislatures.


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