KEYS TO THE COURTHOUSE

Report
Introduction
• Developed in partnership with:
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Texas Association of Counties
Texas Judges and Commissioners Association
V.G. Young Institute of County Government
Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program
Lessons
• Lessons designed for 7th and 12th Grade
Students
• Five Lessons
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One: Framework and Function of County Government
Two: Primary Services Offered by County Government
Three: Justice Process at the County Level
Four: Elections and Voting
Five: Financing County Government
Activities
• Two grade levels of activities included
in curriculum
– Set for 7th Graders
– Set for 12th Graders
• Total of five activities per grade
Included in the Curriculum
• In addition to the Curriculum, it
includes:
– Wall Map of Texas Counties
– DVD which includes:
• Curriculum and Activities
• Videos on the various roles of elected officials
and their offices.
Your Knowledge about County Government
There are _____ counties in Texas today?
Three things that are required to form
and organize Texas counties?
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3.
How Well Do You Know Your Counties?
What is the name of the county:
The person who discovery electricity?
Native Texas tree?
Maker of Honey?
Soft native rock?
Our first U.S. President?
Important independence battle?
Name of another state?
How Well Do You Know Your Counties?
What is the name of the county:
Author of the Texas Declaration of
Independence?
First elected president of Texas?
Favorite soda?
A reigning monarch?
Smart?
Long-lived Queen of England?
How Well Do You Know Your Counties?
Citizens of the United States have the right
to _______ and to hold _______.
The four types of elections in Texas are:
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4.
All ballots in Texas are printed in both
____________ and _______________.
Implementation
• Each county office is provided two
copies:
– One for County Extension Office to use in marketing and
introduction to county school districts
– One copy for 4-H Coordinator/Extension Staff to present to
County Judges Office/Commissioners Court to let them be
aware of program.
• Elected Officials may be asked, as part of the
curriculum, to come and speak about roles and
responsibilities.
Implementation
• Copies can be ordered through AgriLife
Bookstore.
• Curriculum cost $10.00 per curriculum
set.
• Utilize in Spring with County Government
Month (April)

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