Teacher Resources

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

Teacher Workshops - June 2018

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 2018 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 given on social studies curriculum. 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.

​Thursday, June 7th
Tennessee State Library & Archives
9:00am – 1:00pm CDT

KnoxvilleWorkshop is FULL! You can still sign up to be added to the waiting list.
Wednesday, June 13th
Pellissippi State Community College
9:00am – 1:00pm EDT

Thursday, June 14th
Northeast State Community College
9:00am – 1:00pm EDT

Tuesday, June 19th
Chattanooga State Community College
9:00am – 1:00pm EDT

Memphis - Workshop is FULL! You can still sign up to be added to the waiting list.
Wednesday, June 27th
Bond Building, Shelby County Schools
9:00am – 1:00pm CDT

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Sutton Carver 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 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