Project Citizen, Level 1

Project Citizen engages middle school students in proposing public policy solutions to real-world problems in their communities. Using ten clearly defined action steps, students learn the skills and knowledge they need to be active, responsible, and impactful citizens. Students select a real problem or issue in their community, work together to come up with possible solutions, develop an action plan, and share their chosen solution in order to make real change that promotes the common good. Students also learn what public policy is, its role in our government and society, and how they can help influence what policies get enacted.

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. 



Third Edition, © 2022 NEW!

Classroom set: $385.00 each (ISBN: 0-89818-377-S)
Student text: $21.00 each; 10 or more: $20.00 each (ISBN: 0-89818-377-4)
Teacher's guide: $30.00 each (ISBN: 0-89818-376-6)



Student edition: 76 pages, full color

Teacher's guide: 92 pages, includes teaching tips, bonus lessons and worksheets





Student Forms

Sample Portfolio

What Is Public Policy?

Updates to the Third Edition

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.


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