The eleventh unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to Texas Government Today. Topics discussed in this unit include: Who We Are and Where We Live, Texas Government Today and the Texas Constitution, the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, Texas Representatives in Washington, D.C., Capital vs. Capitol, Local Governments (city, county, and special districts), You Can Make a Difference, and Your Neck of the Woods (knowledge of student's community).
Students begin by reading a short passage (1-2 pages) from the "Daily Reading" text found at the beginning of the unit. Following the silent or oral reading, students will answer the passage comprehension questions, and proceed to the Activity Guide section.
The Activity Guide section offers a multitude of cross-curricular activities related to the topic of the passage read. Math, science, crafts, vocabulary (vocabulary is bold/italicized in the daily reading text), geography, copy work, writing prompts, and many more exercises are described and suggested, along with reproducible worksheets. Also included are recommended books, art to explore, related websites, music and songs to learn, places to visit, and a supply list.
Reproducible handouts to be used to reinforce reading passage concepts include:
A to Z Chart
My Representatives Chart
Three Branches of Government Activity
Texas Counties Map
Texas Regions Outline Map
Levels of Government Activity
Triple Venn Diagram
Your Neck of the Woods Scavenger Hunt
Final Curriculum Test
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for at least 2 weeks!