Learning Civics and Understanding Government and Politics in Texas – From Free Posters for Kids to In Depth Education for Adults

 

 

 “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.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Reference Libraries

Library of Congress
Teachers
Library of Congress
Podcasts
Today
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Legislative Reference Library of Texas

 


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
Online Lessons
Government Resources

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.
iCivics

USCIS – Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test.

Curriculum development and instructional materials
Materials Here
8.5″ x 11″ portraits and flash cards.
Materials Here

Citizenship
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
http://www.tamingtexas.org/resources

Crash Course
They create free, high-quality educational videos used by teachers and learners of all kinds.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s&v=bO7FQsCcbD8

PBS Learning Media
https://ww.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/420e45d2-3fdb-4f0f-a696-d42b203903e0/other-lessons-making-civics-real-civic-engagement/#.WTodkcg8KnM

The Texas Politics Project
https://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/educational-resources/local-government-texas-constitution

A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/More_Books_and_Reports/Howard_Zinn-A_peoples_history_of_the_United_States.pdf

 


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.
http://constitutionbooklet.com


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=6099How to become President

https://pueblo.gpo.gov/Publications/PuebloPubs.php?PubID=6146branches 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)
https://pueblo.gpo.gov/Publications/PuebloPubs.php?PubID=5131


5. How to Advocate

• How to Write a Policy Paper
http://govthesis.site.wesleyan.edu/home/policy-paper/

• Advocacy ToolKit
https://www.ncoa.org/public-policy-action/advocacy-toolkit/advocacy-basics/effective-advocacy-at-home/

• Run for Office
https://www.runforoffice.org


6. The Essentials

Handbook of Texas
https://tshaonline.org/handbook
Texas Legislature Online
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us
Texas Legislature Bill Lookup
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/billlookup/billnumber.aspx
Congress.GOV
https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/Learn+About+the+Legislative+Process
https://www.congress.gov/help/legislative-glossary
Texas Local Government Code
http://codes.findlaw.com/tx/local-government-code/#!tid=NAFFDC73589C240B2BEF55314C24720C8
Ballotpedia – online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page


7. Learning through Entertainment

Democracy Now!
https://www.democracynow.org

Texas Law Review
http://www.texaslrev.com

CSPAN
https://www.c-span.org

Ralph Nader Radio Hour
https://ralphnaderradiohour.com

Bill Moyers
http://billmoyers.com/video/


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
http://billmoyers.com/take-action-organizations/

Revolutionary Resource Guide for Texans
http://www.alexandracatherine.org/home/revolutionary-resource-guide-to-the-news-media-entertainment-and-activism

List of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign endorsements, 2016
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bernie_Sanders_presidential_campaign_endorsements,_2016


10. Free Pocket Constitution

http://lp.hillsdale.edu/free-pocket-constitution/


“When millions of people stand up and fight…they win.”
-Sen. Bernie Sanders

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