Help us to pilot our new digital civics curriculum!

Contract for Poor Relief, Town of Sturbridge, Mass., 1821

This year, Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum will be piloting new civics curriculum units for 5th grade and 8-12th grade. We are looking for teachers to try out these new units and provide feedback and assessment. This is an opportunity to test out some great classroom resources that meet many of the latest social studies standards for grades 5 and 8-12 in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Unit 1 for 5th graders focuses on the topic of slavery and abolition. Through interactive activities and primary sources, students will learn about the ways in which the Northern states participated in the institution of slavery in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as the ways that some people fought against this system.

Unit 1 for grades 8-12 focus on the New England town meeting and the ways in which residents had their voices heard in their communities. Specifically exploring the topic of poor relief in the early 1800s, students will read through primary sources, collect opinions, and then debate the topic with their classmates.

Unit 2 for both 5th and 8-12th grades are currently in development and will be available for pilot in the fall of 2021.

Units include:

Right now we are looking for teachers in 5th, 8th, and 9th-12th grade to participate in a pilot program either during Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.

If you or another one of your colleagues would be interested in learning more about the pilot program, please fill out the Google form here. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at

Check this page regularly for updates!

e-Civics Programming is Brought to You by:

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This program is also brought to you by the following trusts and funds: