Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Print Resources
For Students

Giesecke, Ernestine. State Government. Kids Guide. Crystal Lake, Ill.: Heinemann Library, 2000.

Lefkowitz, William. Government at Work from City Hall to State Capital. Riverside, N.J.: Fearon/Janus/Quercus, 1999.

Wing, Ann and Nancy Van Wie. Travels with MAX: How a Bill Becomes a Law. Max's Publications, 1999.

For Teachers

Hyerle, David. Visual Tools for Constructing Knowledge. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1996.

Irvin, Judith L., John P. Lunstrum, Carol Lynch-Brown, et al. Enhancing Social Studies Through Literary Strategies. National Council for the Social Studies Bulletin 91. Washington, D.C., 1995.

Ravitch, Diane, and Joseph Viteretti, eds. Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2001.

Related Web Sites
For Students

Ben's Guide to the Government for Kids
Ben's Guide explores basic governmental principles and positions, including branches of government, the election process, and how laws are made.

Kids in the House
On this site, the Office of the Clerk introduces the House of Representatives and other branches of the government.

For Teachers

CongressLink offers lesson plans about passing bills and making laws.

ERIC Digest
The ERIC Digest provides detailed background information for teaching about the U.S. Congress, as well as extensive references.

Kids in the House: Lesson Plans
The parent and teacher section of Kids in the House features complete lesson plans, including "How a Bill Becomes a Law."

Three Branches Of Government
This site gives clear definitions of each branch of government and explanations of their respective duties; appropriate for teachers and students.


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