Many resources are available through the Washington State Legislature and the National Conference of State Legislatures' Trust for Representative Democracy to assist teachers and legislators with their civics lessons, including fun and educational program materials, several interactive civics-based lesson plans, and tips for effectively talking to students about goverment and representative democracy.
All Ages:Making Public Policy The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Day in the Life of a Legislator
Middle School: Bill Drafting *Bill Tracking *Budget Balancing Simulation by the WA State Senate Ways & Means CommitteeBudget Cuts *Citizenship *How a Bill Becomes A Law *
High School: Appreciating Democracy by Dr. Alan Rosenthal Appreciating Representation by Dr. Alan RosenthalBudget Balancing Simulation by the WA State Senate Ways & Means CommitteeChecks & Balances *Citizenship *Designing the Perfect World *How a Bill Becomes A Law *What Makes Lawmakers Tick? by Dr. Alan Rosenthal
*plans created by former Legislative Scholars
See how these fulfill Washington's EALRs
Additional Lesson Plans from the National Conference of State Legislatures
Materials for Back to School Program
Lesson Plans and Resources from the Center for Civic Education
Back to Teachers' page
Mock legislative committee kits are now available for teachers to use in the classroom or while on field trips at the Capitol.
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