When looking at the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) related to civility and civil discourse, the concept is not specifically stated in any standard. However, it is inferred in standards where civility was present in the actions of individuals or key events. Additionally, the Social Studies Skills TEKS reference the thinking processes necessary to understand and practice civility.
Research shows that when students engage with each other in learning tasks, they remember the presented material better. This also encourages students to apply their new knowledge more effectively and supports diverse learning backgrounds and styles.
As such, the following resources have been prepared to reach the following objectives:
- • To have students connect or apply concepts by explaining to another student or trying to convince another student.
- • To enable students to evaluate their understanding of the instructor’s explanation on civility.
- • To move students to a higher learning level that extends beyond concerns about what to memorize.