How To Teach Civic Education?

What does it mean to live in a democratic society? Why are your rights and responsibilities as a citizen and individual? These are an important question and when student graduate high school, they must be able to respond to them. Once the students understand the citizenship and civic life, they can move toward college and the workplace.


But, as many teachers will say, teaching the civics law isn’t easy because there are three branches of parliament to remember and their entire structure, as well as the laws they regulate. That’s why the students are too enthusiastic to learn about a civics law. But, you as a teacher can help them.

Think local

Before explaining the complex governing system of one country, make them interested in talking about their community, its needs, and strengths. What problems do they see and who should they be fixed? Then find the ways for students to take action. Make then become members of community service and let them decide how to focus their effort. Once they discover the structure of their local community and notice these problems it is facing, they will be able to understand the higher levels of authority.

Create imaginary countries

Many teachers challenge their student using the example of Utopia. In this case, they have the ability to choose the type of government, to decide about the civics liberties and civil obligations. You should let every student express his opinion individually and gradually help them organize the entire state, pointing out the things that won’t work.


They will brainstorm their ideas trying to create a perfect society. At the end of the lesson, you can ask them to write the reasons why should citizens live in their country.

Go virtual

There are a lot of website and online games you can use to your advantage. They can be great tools for learning many features about the Canadian government. After all, this is an easy and fun way for kids to learn about civic laws, government structure and the Constitution. Many teachers use this method because kids love it and you will avoid giving them a boring lecture. You can ask them to do the games at home, of during the lesson and you will notice how their interest in civics laws keep growing.