State and Local Governments Teacher Resources
Sitting in your classroom are the voters of tomorrow. But how much do they know about their state governments? Or the local governments that directly affect their lives every day?
Teach young citizens the ins and outs of state and local governments with short reading activities on the basics of governance, and the duties of local officials. They’ll learn about the structure of all levels of government with an engaging, informative video from Crash Course.
A lesson and presentation focuses on the different types of local governments, including the ways city and county governments operate. For a fun classroom activity, use an educational game in which players exercise the powers of the governor.
Apply the concepts to your own community with a research project on the demographics of state governments, or an interview assignment with local officials. You can also bring current events into the classroom with a lesson on local democracy and elections—a great way to prepare those future voters for their civic duty!