WELCOME TO THE LFEI & LRE WEBSITE
Our hope is to make this site a favorite for the latest in civic and law-related education materials and programs. Our pledge is to provide pre-service and kindergarten through high school teachers updates on quality professional development opportunities, information on available curriculum, and teaching resources such as the "Lesson Plan of the Month" feature. Additionally, teachers and students alike will be able to access fun, interactive web games built around key civic knowledge and skills.
CELEBRATE FREEDOM WEEK
In honor of “Celebrate Freedom Week” have your students view Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Susan B. Anthony, John Hancock, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington reciting the text: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." After viewing the animation, students will be invited to recite the text along with the historical figures.
I WAS THE FIRST. VOTE FOR ME!
“I was the first. VOTE for ME!” is a program designed to assist Texas elementary students (K-5) in understanding the many firsts in U.S. and Texas history as part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). This multimedia project educates students about historic figures by incorporating lessons in reading, math, citizenship, and voting. This resource would be useful for celebrations such as Celebrate Freedom Week, Black History Month, and National Hispanic Heritage Month. The program includes animations of historic figures, curriculum materials for teachers, and links to other resources for students, and teachers. In addition to the web-based materials, e-book and hard-copy books are available and can also be accessed in PDF format from the website. The book and animations are prepared in both English and Spanish.
STATE BAR OF TEXAS PROJECT
Civics education fosters engaged citizens who understand our democracy and the liberties the rule of law protects. Making sure our students receive a foundation in civics is essential to producing the next generation of responsible citizens. By using technology in creative ways, teachers can find new ways to connect with students.
As part of 2011-12 State Bar President Bob Black’s public education initiative, LRE has developed the online resource, Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! Civics Resources for Texas Students and Teachers, an interactive web-based project to assist Texas teachers and students in preparing for new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards in social studies. Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! focuses on the landmark court decisions middle and high school students must know to be successful. The website includes summaries of the required court cases [PDF version available for download], including discussion of the court’s decision, as well as links to other case resources, videos, and curriculum materials and strategies for teachers.