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A compilation of links and education resources for use with Civic Nebraska’s Virtual Capitol Experience learning hub.

Additional Activities and Resources

Quizlet is a ready-to-use teaching tool. This link takes you directly to a set of 61 pre-written flashcards all about the legislative process. Ready to be used in several different interactive formats these terms can serve as a supplement to or as a measurement tool for learning.
These terms are appropriate for grades 6-12. 

Civics and Government focuses on the relationships between governments and individuals, and international relations. Classrooms can explore videos to compare the Magna Carta and the United States Constitution, examine an interactive map to study United States diplomatic relationships across the globe, or create document-based questions using a collection of resources that analyzes Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Topics such as the history of the Supreme Court, the role state and local governments play in the United States, and the path a bill takes to become law are also examined.

Civics 101 is a series of short videos that explain concepts of local and national governance, from the unique Nebraska Legislature to the branches of the federal government to the process of how an idea becomes a law through the legislative process. Civics 101 is produced to remind viewers how the foundations of our government came to be and how they continue to shape the operation of governance at all levels. 

The Nebraska Legislature’s information office offers many resources that are designed to help students and teachers learn more about our state’s unique one-house Legislature. This includes a history of unicameral government in Nebraska and lawmaking in our state. 

Citizenship

United States citizenship is more than the legal status given to a member of the country. Citizenship involves rights, duties, and privileges and is one of the most coveted gifts that our government can bestow. These resources are useful for everyone from those who may be seeking citizenship to Americans who wish to review the tenets of citizenship. 

Media Literacy

Stopping the proliferation of “Fake News” isn’t just the responsibility of the social and digital platforms that are used to spread it. Those who consume news also need to find ways of determining if what they are reading is true. This piece from NPR’s All Tech Considered is an excellent primer on learning how to spot ‘Fake News.’

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Facing History’s resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history; we help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.

Questions?

Contact Chris McCurdy, Education Specialist at chris.mccurdy@civicnebraska.org.