In the next few weeks we are going to have some coordinated posts with the Civics and Culture blog! You will get two posts; one will be for students, and the other for the teachers. When teaching your lessons about places around town, prepositions of place, or just strictly “community places” vocabulary, make sure to also check out the Civics and Culture blog. You’ll find practice materials for your students on that site!
Today’s post is about government buildings in Raleigh. Use the links on this site to help plan your lessons. You can also direct students to the Civics and Culture page for additional practice. There are follow-up questions on the site that your students can do as homework if desired. Here’s the link to the Civics and Culture page: http://eslblogs.waketech.edu/esl-civics/
Government Buildings in Raleigh:
- City/town hall-offices for government officials
- Municipal Building-similar to city/town hall, with many offices and different gov. departments
- Courthouse-where legal issues are managed, such as criminal and civil trials, marriage, divorce
- Capitol Building-the governor’s office is located here.
- Legislative Building-where NC laws are discussed and processed
- Downtown Raleigh map http://www.ncleg.net/graphics/downtownmap.pdf
List of places to see in Raleigh: http://www.visitraleigh.com/things-to-do/history/government-buildings/
What are some ways to use this information in your class?
- Practice prepositions of place
- Give/follow directions
- Expand vocabulary https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/government-vocabulary/
- Plan a field trip
- Learn about government and civics. El Civics has many slides on varying topics related to civics, along with worksheets and some games. http://www.elcivics.com/civics.html
- Practice describing, comparing and/or contrasting places. Attached is a multi-page worksheet that has some good practice included. Students could compare the government services and building in their home towns to the same in Raleigh. https://tefltastic.wordpress.com/worksheets/exams/cambridge-exams/fce/fce-result/compare-contrast-places/ http://teacher.depaul.edu/Content/Key%20Idea_A%20Place%20has%20Characteristics.pdf
- Have a debate about the role of government in the city.
- Play a game. Use this template as a guide to create your own. https://tefltastic.wordpress.com/worksheets/yl/everybody-up-4/prohibitions-guess-the-place/
- Web quest or internet scavenger hunt. Students can research specific information, search the web for key points, and then report the information to the class.
What other ways can you use this information? What do you teach your students about government? Do your students know the government places downtown?