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Programming at the Historic Capitol focuses on the importance of Civic Education and Historic Preservation through the use of fun and educational materials aimed at learners of all ages. A scavenger hunt sends visitors searching through the building to identify items and answer questions. A mock legislative session allows participants to debate and vote on issues important to Floridians. Our exciting temporary exhibits illuminate a variety of topics. All programs are free and should be allotted a minimum of one hour for participation. There is a cap of 60 participants for these special programs.
Each of our museum programs have been coordinated with Florida Standards. The PDF documents below include program descriptions and standards that are met by each program. Learn more about how to schedule a group program.
Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc.
Cpalms- Florida standards
Community Classroom Consortium
Florida PBS Learning Media
Center for Civic Education
We currently offer pre-visit materials for the Issues in the House of Representatives program. These pre-visit materials consist of 4 Prezis, which are flash-based presentations on lawmaking and three historic public issues that came before the Florida Legislature (1961 Cross-Florida Barge Canal, 1982 Equal Rights Amendment, and 1999 Opportunity Scholarship Program). These historic legislative issues are the three that students can examine in our onsite program, when they conduct a mock legislative session in the Historic House Chamber. We suggest that the teacher choose one or allow the students to choose one of these three historic public issues to study in more detail to prepare for legislative debate during the field trip to the Historic Capitol.
Prezis are animated presentations. They can be used as a classroom presentation tool for the teacher, or as an individual or small group activity for students working at a computer. They are also appropriate for homeschool students. You can view the Prezis embedded below or click the link to go to the Prezi website. A non-animated version is also available. We have developed worksheets to go with each Prezi, which are listed below the Prezi link for each presentation.
More information about how the Prezis work and about the worksheets is located in the Prezi Lesson Plan. These programs are intended for a middle school or higher audience, but State Standards for grades 5-12 are provided for teachers who wish to modify the materials for their classrooms.
Please contact us for more information or questions on these materials; or if you have any feedback, suggestions, or comments on these programs, at email@example.com. Please call (850)487-1902 to schedule a group to participate in our Issues in the House of Representatives Mock Legislative Session program.