Monday, February 9, 2015

Engaging Students in the Classroom with the Wisconsin Blue Book Online

Wisconsin Blue Book Cover
Wisconsin Blue Book Cover
The Wisconsin Blue Book, published by the Legislative Reference Bureau, is the premier almanac of Wisconsin facts and the single most comprehensive manual of Wisconsin government. Available online from 1853 to the most recent 2013/2014 edition, the Wisconsin Blue Book includes the biographies and pictures of elected state officers and legislators, detailed descriptions of the state government, the text of the Wisconsin Constitution, election results, and a wide variety of statistical information about life in Wisconsin including its people, places, natural resources, and current and historical facts.

Studying State Government 
Wis. Stat. ch. 35.24 specifies that the Wisconsin Blue Book be useful for civics classes in Wisconsin schools. To fulfill that directive, the Legislative Reference Bureau creates study guides and study companions to meet the needs of K-12 students in a format that teachers can use in the classroom. Both the guide and the companion are designed to acquaint students with the content of the Wisconsin Blue Book as well as help students understand the importance of government in their daily lives and how they can become productive Wisconsin citizens. 

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Abbigail Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning