Books civics teachers should read

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, […]

How to Teach Civics in a Fun and Engaging Way

One of the questions I always get from fellow civics teachers is how do I make civics fun and engaging? Let’s face it, civics can be dry. Many of the topics are beyond our students or they are just not interested. I achieved making civics fun and engaging by doing the following steps: Step 1: Survey students […]

How to incorporate small group instruction in civics

When teaching civics, I love to incorporate small group instruction. Civics is one of the most difficult branches of social studies when you incorporate the difficulty level of text. Throw state testing for civics into the mix and civics becomes more difficult. I started using small group instruction after seeing an elementary teacher using this […]

The Best Movies to use in your Civics Classroom

I am going into my 6th year of teaching civics and I wish I would have incorporated movies earlier. Looking back, I think about the missed opportunities when I could have helped my students make a better connection with the content. Now that I have my years of experience underneath my belt, it is time to share my […]