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.
Internet Civics Education Courses
These well-respected sources contain lessons and supplemental materials and activities for teachers including lessons on voting and civic participation, grades K-12.
- 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.
- 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.
Ask your local League to help provide a voter registration program at your school
- LWVUS High School Voter Registration Training Manual This comprehensive training manual represents the best of what we have gleaned from hundreds of League volunteers through our groundbreaking high school voter registration projects.
- Empowering High School Voters Toolbox A voter registration drive and early voting field trip for high school students qualified to vote.
- Get out the Vote! Use nonpartisan League resources to encourage students to vote and create a culture of voting in your school.
- Present Get in the Game: Vote! Script to high school or college students on voting absentee or where they live while attending college.
- League Mock Election Toolkit for 6-12 grade A 1-hour interactive session for mothers and their children, enrolled in 6th to 12th grades, approximately 30 to 40 mothers and students in the group.
- Voter education materials: power points, printable voter bookmarks, posters, graphics
Ensure staff and educators are empowered to vote!
- Texas Educators Vote Sign up your district to create a culture of voting. Educators can sign a pledge to vote. Find rules about what educators can and cannot do.
- Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Culture of Voting Resolution present resolution to your school board.
The Law and High School Voter Registration
- Texas Civil Rights Project: Texas High School Voter Registration, A How-To Guide
- Texas Election Code For School Principals; the election law that high school principals must follow.
- MALDEF: Empower the Next Generation: Register Your High School Students to Vote! (SP)