Teacher Resources

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Teacher Workshops

Civic Engagement Teacher Workshops July 2019

Join the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office this summer to learn more about the resources our office provides to teachers regarding civic engagement including lesson plans, an essay contest, the 2020 Student Mock Election, and more! Our tools and resources aim to incorporate civic engagement throughout the education experience and to help students to become actively engaged citizens.

Teachers of all grade levels and teaching subjects are welcome to sign up! Emphasis will be placed on social studies curriculum, but all civic-minded teachers are welcome. Teachers will receive 4 hours of professional development credit. There is no fee to participate and lunch is provided.

Space is limited!

Click HERE to sign up for any of the below workshops.


Wednesday, July 10th

Lipscomb University

10:00am – 2:00pm CST



Thursday, July 11th

Chattanooga State Community College

10:00am – 2:00pm EST



Wednesday, July 17th

Lane College

10:00am – 2:00pm CST



Thursday, July 18th

Shelby County Election Operations Building

10:00am – 2:00pm CST



Wednesday, July 24th

Northeast State Community College

10:00am – 2:00pm EST



Thursday, July 25th

Pellissippi State Community College

10:00am – 2:00pm EST


If you have any questions, please contact Britney McDaniel at 615-253-4589 or Britney.McDaniel@tn.gov.


Blue Book Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans were created by Tennessee teachers from across the state utilizing the Tennessee Blue Book, a great resource for information about state government. These lesson plans link with the current Tennessee social studies curriculum standards using the information provided in the Blue Book to utilize in civics and government classes. Lesson plans can also be adapted to fit different grade levels and curriculum standards.

There are a limited number of hard copies of Blue Books available. To see about ordering a set for your classroom, please contact the Secretary of State’s office at (615) 741-2819 or one of your local legislators. The online version of the Blue Book is also available here. The pages of the Blue Book that are needed for each activity are included in each lesson plan as PDFs. Please note that these lesson plans below are for the 2017-2018 Tennessee Blue Book edition. For lesson plans that correlate with older editions, click here.

Elementary School:

High School:

*Depending on where your school is located, choose one.


Tennessee State Library and Archives: Education Outreach

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a great resource for teachers seeking primary sources for use in classroom instruction. Newspaper records, historic photographs, letters, diaries, maps, political cartoons, census records, Governor’s papers, and more that tell the store of Tennesseans and our role in the greater story of American history are all available as the Education Outreach website

Other Helpful Links:

Tennessee State Government

Tennessee General Assembly

Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Tennessee History for Kids

Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement