Teacher Guide and Activities
Teachers: For materials ready-to-use in your classrooms to prepare students to be responsible voters and citizens, check the internet civics courses and resources listed below.
- BeATexasVoter.org The League of Women Voters of Texas in partnership with Dallas County Community Colleges are providing this voter education series to help young people better understand their role as citizens in our state. The six modules are prepared in compliance with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) social studies requirements and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Common Core standards. The materials are designed to teach high school, dual credit, and college level students about the importance of voting and to provide tools for becoming informed voters. Each module has appropriate activities to reinforce learning. Find materials to promote BeATexasVoter.org to schools and community colleges in your community.
- iCivics Teachers founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, offers relevant TEKS- aligned lessons, K-12, which are organized into 15, easy-to-use curriculum units. Each lesson incorporates lesson plans and optional assessments, games, web quests, and drafting board topics. The site requires users to register at no cost.
- Law-Related Education The State Bar of Texas provides TEKS-aligned, K-12 civics lessons. Spanish language materials are also available.
- Project V.O.T.E. Hosted by the Texas Secretary of State, provides puzzles and games designed to help students become knowledgeable, responsible voters. It also includes a guide for a gubernatorial mock election for 2018.
- Keys to the Courthouse; Curriculum Enrichment Program for Youth Hosted by the Texas Association of Counties, complies with TEKS social study requirements, provides functions of elected county officials in Texas, the primary services offered by county government, the justice process at the county level, elections and voting, and the financing of county government.
- Speak Up! Speak Out! Created by the Annette Strauss Institute. Participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings to community leaders at the State Civics Fair.
- Generation Citizen The curriculum is action-based, aligned to relevant standards, and academically rigorous. Has as received recognition from the National Council of Social Studies, and has been iterated over time with the support of GC staff, teachers, volunteers, and consultants.
- YMCA Texas Youth and Government mission is to help teenagers become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation. Their goal is to create an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding while learning the meaning of social action through an actual hands-on experience in government.