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American Creed

Through its many stories, set in a range of big cities, small towns and rural areas around the country, the documentary American Creed wrestles with key issues in America today, including opportunity for all, the meaning of citizenship, and the challenge of meaningful civic participation and dialogue.

The American Creed broadcast on PBS (February 27, 2018) launched a robust public engagement campaign beginning with our youth publishing opportunity, and including community conversations, classroom activities, an essay contest, and a suite of digital shorts—all designed to foster reflection and dialogue about freedom, fairness, opportunity, and the meaning of citizenship.

How to Get Involved

You and your students are invited to add your voice to the conversation about American Creed.

Bring the film to your classroom or learning center and support young people in responding through writing, art, and media. Teens (13+) and young adults are invited to publish their responses in our American Creed youth publishing website.

  • Visit the Writing Our Future: American Creed website to see published responses and learn how to participate.
  • Work the film into your curriculum: You are invited to use the film in whatever way fits your local curriculum and youth's interests. Adapt the prompts to your context and teaching style.
  • Educators support youth in preparing their writing and by managing the publishing process: Review the Guidelines for Educators and register.
  • Youth are invited to start writing: There are five prompts available as an open invitation for youth to write in response to American Creed as well as Guidelines for Writers.
  • Educators can also find a range of resources to support teaching and even "visit classrooms" of other teachers already using American Creed.
  • Follow on social media at #AmericanCreedPBS.


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