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Maggie’s Civics Corner

Illustration of a Golden Retriver dog named Maggie Rendell

Meet Maggie Rendell

On behalf of the Rendell Center, welcome to my very own civics corner! This area gives me the opportunity to share with you my wisdom about your role as a citizen. On a regular basis, I will post lessons that you can share with your family and work through together. The lessons are fun and filled with great things to learn!

Maggie’s Civics Corner is a tribute to the Rendell Center dog Maggie. Animals are a wonderful way to teach rights and responsibilities in a safe and welcoming way. The lessons posted here will consist of:

  1. A Daily Sticky Situation – A sticky situation provides a way for you to engage with your students/children in a discussion of a unique problem, thereby having our youngest citizens practice their active engagement and creative problem-solving skills.
  2. Civics lesson with discussion questions.
  3. Civics resources for continued learning.

Civics Lessons

Lesson 1 – All About Rules (PDF)

Lesson 2 – Rules (PDF)

Lesson 3 – Voting (PDF)

Lesson 4 – Making New Friends (PDF)

Lesson 5 – Presidents (PDF)

Lesson 6 – Separation of Powers (PDF)

Lesson 7 – Voting Age (PDF)

Lesson 8 – Equal Rights (PDF)

Lesson 9 – Free Speech (PDF)

Lesson 10 – Education Policy (PDF)

Lesson 11 – Choices and Voices – Elections (PDF)

Lesson 12 – Bill of Rights (PDF)

Lesson 13 – The Constitution (PDF)

Lesson 14 – Equal Rights (PDF)

Lesson 15 – Election Campaigns (PDF)

Lesson 16 – Jack & the Beanstalk (PDF)

Lesson 17 – Executive Branch (PDF)

Lesson 18 – Judicial Branch (PDF)

Lesson 19 – Legislative Branch (PDF)

Lesson 20 – Rules vs. Laws (PDF)

Lesson 21 – Rules vs. Laws – No Hats (PDF)

Lesson 22 – Conflict & Compromise – Bullying (PDF)

Literature-Based Mock Trials

In addition to our daily lessons, we invite you to discover the impact of our Literature-Based Mock Trials!

Special Lesson – Goldilocks Literature-Based Mock Trial (PDF)

These mock trials are designed to focus on the literature that the students are reading in the classroom. The goal is to enrich the students’ learning experience with the literature while teaching them about the American government and its judicial system. Check out our training section for videos and other instruction on implementing mock trials successfully.

Download our Literature-Based Mock Trials Handbook for step-by-step instruction on how to bring mock trials to your teaching and home instruction.

For more information about lessons and materials and other teachers’ tools, email Beth Specker, Executive Director: bspecker@rendellcenter.org