“Our children should learn the general framework of their government and then they should know where they come in contact with the government, where it touches their daily lives and where their influence is exerted on the government. It must not be a distant thing, someone else’s business, but they must see how every cog in the wheel of a democracy is important and bears its share of responsibility for the smooth running of the entire machine.”
2. Lesson plans and self – paced courses
• Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation’s youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country’s future by investing in our youth today.CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America’s young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
• iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. They provide civics teachers well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. Their mission is to ensure every student receives a high-quality civic education, and becomes engaged in – and beyond – the classroom.
• USCIS – Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test.
Lesson Plans and Ideas
• The Taming Texas Judicial Civics and History Project is a new judicial civics education program sponsored by the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society in cooperation with the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department.
Free book,Lesson plans
• Crash Course
They create free, high-quality educational videos used by teachers and learners of all kinds.
• The Texas Politics Project
• A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
3. Printable Constitution Booklet
This is a free PDF you can download and print. http://constitutionbooklet.com/constitutionbooklet.pdf
An instructional video can be found here.
4. Government Publications Office
The following links bring you to two posters you may order for free and will be sent to your home
https://pueblo.gpo.gov/Publications/PuebloPubs.php?PubID=6099 – How to become President
https://pueblo.gpo.gov/Publications/PuebloPubs.php?PubID=6146 – branches of government
Follow this link for a Printable Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States
https://pueblo.gpo.gov/Publications/pdfs/1331.pdf – The Declaration of Independence & the Constitution of the United States
The Consumer Action Handbook (CAH) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state, and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more. (Previous item number: 568Y)
5. How to Advocate
• How to Write a Policy Paper
• Run for Office
6. The Essentials
• Handbook of Texas
• Texas Legislature Online
• Texas Legislature Bill Lookup
• Texas Local Government Code
• Ballotpedia – online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
7. Learning through Entertainment
• Democracy Now!
• Texas Law Review
• Ralph Nader Radio Hour
• Bill Moyers
8. The Center for Public Integrity
Their mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.
9. Resource lists – yes, This list has a list of lists.
• Bill Moyers – Take Action
Revolutionary Resource Guide for Texans
• List of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign endorsements, 2016
10. Free Pocket Constitution
“When millions of people stand up and fight…they win.”
-Sen. Bernie Sanders