A civics course need not be expensive or tedious. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor provides a great civics course so that we can understand how the United States is governed and know the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
She also set up a website with free lesson plans. These are, without a doubt, designed for classrooms, not homeschools, but you will get a general idea of the topics that ought to be included. I intend to use this as a starting point and will post an update after we work out the kinks.
Most of Justice O’Connor’s required reading list is available free. The two books that are not available in the public domain can be borrowed from the public library.
- Common Sense, by Thomas Paine (free for Kindle)
- The United States Constitution (free for Kindle)
- Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln (free for Kindle)
- The Fourteen Points, Woodrow Wilson (free @ Wikipedia)
- Have You No Sense of Decency? transcript of Army-McCarthy hearings
- I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King Jr. (Text free; MP3 $.99)
- Ain’t I A Woman? speech by Sojourner Truth (text free; Re-enactment free)
- My Antonia, by Willa Cather (free for Kindle)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou ($7 for Kindle; free from library)
- Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner ($13 for Kindle; free from library)