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  • The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site includes the Plains High School Museum, the Plains Depot, and the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm. (Photos courtesy the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Education Program)

Lesson Plans That Meet Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies

Welcome to the Carter Center Teacher Resource Center! The Center's work offers a valuable learning opportunity for your students. Our efforts to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope around the world illustrate relevant principles of American Government and Civics, International Economics, United States and World History, and Geography.

Lessons found here align with and support the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies. Each lesson incorporates material from current Carter Center programs, which are described in depth on this website. Excellence standards listed on each lesson are suggested; additional standards may apply. Also, lessons may be easily adapted for use with curricula in other states and countries. For educational resources related to the Carter Presidency, visit the .

Education Program

  • Students are challenged to make real world connections through hands-on learning experiences as they explore the historic sites.

  • Students use a push plow to turn the soil at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

  • Students get up close and personal with farm animals at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

The began in 1996 with the opening of the Plains High School Museum as the main visitor's center for the National Park Service. The opening of Plains High School facilitated a partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, Sumter County Schools, and the National Park Service.

The current Education Program operates as a partnership between the Georgia Department of Education, The National Park Service, and the Friends of Jimmy Carter National Park Service. The Georgia Standards of Excellence are utilized to develop curricular and programming designed to foster opportunity for students to learn about the life and legacy of President and Mrs. Carter.

To learn more about these opportunities or to set up a field trip to the historic sites, visit . 

Middle School Lessons

Grade 6: Government/Civics
Democracy in Latin America

Grade 6: Economics
Eliminating River Blindness

Grade 7: Government, Economics
Fighting Disease

Grade 7: African History
Hunger in Africa

Grades 6-8: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
"Tree of Peace": Critical Thinking and Resolving Global Conflicts

Grades 6-8: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
Language, Communication, and Successful Conflict Resolution

Grades 6-8: African History; Government/Civics
Strengthening Democracy in Africa

Grades 6-8: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
Observing International Elections

Grades 6-8: Government/Civics
Comparative Government - China's Village Elections

High School Lessons

Grades 9-12: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
Turf & Power: An Activity About Global Conflict

Grades 9-12: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
Understanding Causes of Global Conflict: Peer Interviews

Grades 9-12: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
"Tree of Peace": Critical Thinking and Resolving Global Conflicts

Grades 9-12: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics; U.S. History
Walls to Peace: Deconstructing Divisions Among Peoples and Cultures

Grades 9-12: Government/Civics, U.S. History
Who's Got Rights? An Introduction to human rights and defenders

Grades 9-12: Government/Civics
Meet Four Human Rights Defenders

Grades 9-12: Government/Civics
Human Rights Defenders Scavenger Hunt (computer lab activity)

Grades 9-12: World Geography
Democracy in Latin America

Grades 9-12: Government/Civics, International Economics, U.S. History, World History
Bridging the Gap Between the U.S. and Cuba

Grades 9-12: World Geography, World History, Economics
Carterin Sub-Saharan Africa

Grades 9-12: World Geography
Strengthening Democracy in Africa

Grades 9-12: Contemporary World History; Government/Civics
Observing International Elections

Grades 9-12: Government/Civics
Comparative Government - China's Village Elections

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