Civics 101 provides free online educational tools to teach Pennsylvania students about the operations of state government. Aimed at the fourth grade level, these free videos are intended to supplement classroom learning. Programs include interviews with elected officials who have served in the three branches of government, tours of the state Capitol and Governor's residence, and tutorials on the inner workings of government. In addition, a Continuing Education section provides adults with a deeper level of study through talks on related topics. The site is accompanied by a Teacher's Guide, which provides ideas for ways Civics 101 resources may be used in the classroom.
Civics 101 is a public service of the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
Teacher's Guide & Tools User's guide and other classroom tools.
Executive Branch The Governor serves as the Executive of Pennsylvania. He or she is responsible for approving or vetoing laws passed by the General Assembly, subject to a two-thirds override.
Legislative Branch Pennsylvania's General Assembly consists of two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The main task of these two bodies is to make laws.
Judicial Branch Pennsylvania's judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the state Constitution, and deciding cases.
Elections Pennsylvanians are called to vote as part of their civic duty in a democratic government. To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be 18 years of age and a resident of the district you wish to vote in for at least 30 days prior to the election.
Media The Media are responsible for covering events and reporting information to the public through various means, including print, electronic, and digital channels.
Continuing Education This section includes panels and forums centered on topics of interest to adults. Themes include voting, judicial independence, and the Constitution.
Rep. Bill Kortz "My sincere thank you to PCN for being proactive in the area of civics education. This is a dire need in our society today."
Cheryl Guss, Retired Teacher, Central Dauphin School District "This resource is so rich in content and could be used for an entire school year. It is interesting and encourages students to become civically responsible."
Civics 101 Certificate
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PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network) is a non-partisan, non-profit television network responsive to the needs and interests of Pennsylvania and its people. PCN Profiles unedited coverage of politics and policy, unique accounts of history and culture, and a variety of sports championships and events from the state of Pennsylvania. Watch PCN on cable and stream on demand using PCN Select.