Teaching civics is HARD

Think about all the things you have to incorporate into 1 lesson, vocabulary, reading, writing, and analyzing documents. 

That is why one of my favorite pass times is reading as a civics teacher. Reading books that are civics related gives me time for “self-care” and inspires me when creating and teaching lessons.

Now I know, the last thing you want to do is read a book or you don’t have any time and I get it.

I thought the same thing for a long time until I set a goal for myself with reading.

Every night I would read 1 chapter, just 1( during the weekends and holidays I increase).

I usually do this at the end of the night when I am laying in bed.

I honestly have been feeling so much more refreshed not sleeping with the TV on, but falling asleep with a good book.

Since I have done this, I have read over 20 books this year!

I like to read all genres, and I am going to share the fiction books that have helped me teach civics.

How has it helped me? I teach civics to 7th graders, and EVERYTHING has to be told as a story, or the students will lose interest.

Reading these different books taught me how to up my story game.

The students love how I teach about shay’s rebellion, watergate, or whatever the topic is because I tell it to them as a thriller, suspense, or just a good ole’ story lol.

Scythe by Neil Shusterman

This book is amazing! This book relates to civics so much concerning the purpose of government and the rule of law. 

The Hunger Games (Books 1-3) by Suzanne Collins

By now, you have heard of the hunger games. If you have not read the series, you are missing out. I listened to the audiobooks over the summer, and it was so entertaining. There are so many underlying civics themes in these books, such as the rule of law, the right to alter and abolish government, types of government. 

This book is also perfect to use as a reference to students because most of them have read the books or seen the movies. This book would be a great discussion into how citizens’ lives may be in a tyrannical government!

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

This book gives an inside look into a part of citizenship that is not talked about in our classroom. The anti-government citizens. I was in TEARS reading this book. I was also astonished at how the hatred for the government runs deep in some families. This book covers themes of citizens’ obligations and responsibility, federalism, and natural rights.

So are you ready to get reading? 

You can join me on facebook to learn about more books I am reading!😊

Let me know what books you may want to read or if you have any other suggestions.

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