Welcome. We’re glad you’re here to learn more about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA is an independent US government agency that provides national security “intelligence” to key US leaders so they can make important, informed decisions. CIA employees gather intelligence (or information) in a variety of ways, not just by “spying” like you see in the movies or on TV (though we do some of that, too). On the following pages, you can read more about us, play some games, and help us solve some puzzles.
Throughout this section, you’ll also see some top secret things you won’t find anywhere else.
So if you’re ready to learn more about the CIA, our employees, and what we do every day, click the appropriate link above and we’ll start you on your way.
So does putting “quotation marks” around “intelligence” change its meaning in some way or are they just “suggesting” what they do has “value”? Or, is it the “Leaders” who get the “intelligence” they are really “intending” to make a comment “about”?
And to help them recruit, teachers can start here:
Suggested Lesson Plans Using the CIA Web Site
The CIA Kids’ Page has a wide range of information that you can incorporate into your classroom. We have compiled several ideas for lesson plans to get you started. These plans – which emphasize history, communication and problem solving – are adaptable for students of any age.
- Lesson Plan A: Examples of Problem Solving
- Lesson Plan B: Gathering and Analyzing Information
- Lesson Plan C: Myths About CIA vs. Reality
- Lesson Plan D: Intelligence’s Role in War
- Lesson Plan E: Codes and Code-Breaking
- Lesson Plan F: The Importance of Accurate Communications
No, seriously, read Lesson Plan C and try not to laugh out loud!