Teacher Resources

A Rutherford County teacher instructs school children on the basics of good health and hygiene in the 1920s.

Teacher Workshops

Our teacher workshops aim to incorporate civic engagement in the classroom throughout the entire education experience. Workshops are offered across the state and cover the Student Mock Election, essay contest, lesson plans, and other tools that our office provides to teachers. No workshops are currently scheduled. However, if you would like to be updated when workshops are scheduled in the future or if you have questions, please contact Abby Sutton at 615-253-5778 or Abby.Sutton@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 2015-2016 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