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- American Government : A Complete Coursebook
by Ethel Wood, Steve Sansone
- Complete Book of Presidents and States, The
by American Education Publishing
Using full-color illustrations, this book reinforce social studies lessons learned in school with exciting activities and pull-out flash cards. There are even pages to use when following the presidential election and the next President's term! An answer key is included for ease of use.
- Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons
by Stephen Hess, Sandy Northrop
It's hard to imagine a book on this topic that's better than Drawn and Quartered. Authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop have created a history that is lucid, authoritative, and fun. The profuse illustrations are, as one would expect, varied and entertaining. Even better, the cartoons featured do an excellent job of demonstrating the evolution of political cartooning from Ben Franklin (America's first editorial cartoonist) to the present.
Hess and Northrop do an excellent job of relating cartoons to the political and social climate in which they were created. For example, "Caricatures of [Martin Luther] King, Malcolm X, and the other African American leaders who rose to prominence [in the 1950s and 1960s] are hard to find. Cartoonists and their newspapers grew so sensitive to the volatility of caricaturing black leaders, fearing that they would be perceived as racial slurs.... Instead, cartoonists employed generic situations and peopled them with generic black figures. Martin Luther King Jr. became an invisible man in the cartoons of the [era]."
Readers casually interested in the topic will find Drawn and Quartered an entertaining and unique book. Aficionados will be satisfied with the book's sagacity and depth, and may even discover illustrators that they did not know. All will agree that Hess and Northrop deserve a round of applause. --Michael Gerber
- Kaplan U.S. History And Government Essential Review
The Kaplan U.S. History & Government Essential Review presents core information on the subject with an appealing, easy-to-use interface. It spans more than 500 years of major historic events, ranging from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to President Clinton's impeachment and acquittal. The program incorporates complete tables of the U.S. presidents and constitutional amendments, as well as a timeline of historical events from the country's founding to the start of the 21st century. The practice tests help students track progress and identify areas for further study, while the brainstorming, outlining, glossary, and bibliography programs will improve homework assignments and papers. Students will also benefit from tutorials and quizzes for each chapter, test-taking tips and strategies, context-sensitive help, and word-search and crossword puzzles that reinforce content.
- Land of Fair Play , The
by Geoffrey Parsons, Edward Shewan
American Civics from a Christian perspetive. This book provides students with detailed information regarding how our local, state, and federal governments work. The primary emphasis of the text is designed to provide young people with the knowledge they need to properly and intelligently exercise their citizenship responsibilities. Comprehension and discussion questions at the end of each chapter aid students in their understanding of the text. Recommended for children in 8th grade.
- Our Legal System Thematic Unit
by Katie Eyles
Our Legal System Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and United States Supreme Court Library: Sandra Day O'Connor. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.
- Standard Deviants - American Government 2-pack, The
The Standard Deviants: American Government Part 1
An unorthodox lesson in civics is presented by the Standard Deviants, a cast of energetic young performers, in this video, which is designed as an extensive review guide for a course in American civics. Starting with the ethics of Aristotle and quickly jumping forward to philosophical concepts espoused by Locke and Hobbes, the performers present the basic background of American democracy in skits and recitations that are often oddball mnemonic devices. Topics covered include the theories behind democracy, the grievances the American colonists had against the British, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, and the eventual drafting and ratification of the Constitution. The landmark legal cases and the principles of civil rights are also covered. The approach to the subject matter may not be to everyone's liking, and at times the performers do seem to trivialize matters that are generally approached with some solemnity. However, this video has academic advisers, including professor Larry Sabato (a name familiar to viewers of public affairs programs). If the presentation is sometimes off the wall, the actual material is very solid, and even then it comes with disclaimer that it is intended as a review guide and is not a substitute for attending class. --Robert J. McNamara
The Standard Deviants: American Government 2
Continuing their unusual review course in civics, the Standard Deviants, a group of ebullient and youthful performers, forge ahead to explain via skits and various performance routines the venerable institutions of American democracy. This video begins with an explanation of the legislative branch, covering its history, powers, and the procedures by which it operates. The roles played by the Speaker of the House and other central figures are portrayed with purposely weird computer graphics and skits (complete with a congressional whip wielding, of course, a bullwhip). The powers of the president and the executive branch are also covered in detail, and an in-depth review of the judicial branch and its workings concludes the lessons. The approach to the material is never solemn and at times verges on the bizarre, and this won't be to everyone's liking. However, the academic advisers to this production have ensured that the material itself is solid, and it should be noted that the attempts at comedy are designed as mnemonic devices on the principle that something presented in an off-the-wall manner is easier to remember than the boring lectures that students endure and forget. --Robert J. McNamara
- Story of the Constitution, The - Switched on Schoolhouse
by Alpha Omega Publications
The Story of the Constitution is a one-semester course that tells briefly of America’s origins and what steps led to the formation of the U.S. Constitution. Having explained how and why the national government came about, the course also tells what principles the Constitution stands for and how it applies to everyday life. The course is filled with a variety of helpful comprehension exercises for students. This course is ideal for anyone, young or old, who wishes to better understand the Constitution. Appropriate for grades 7-12.
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- Story of the Constitution, The, 2nd Edition
by Sol Bloom, Lars R. Johnson, Michael J. McHugh (Editor)
This course is for students, young and old alike, who wish to understand the Constitution. It explores briefly the origins of our country, and the steps that led to the formation of the Constitution. Having discussed how and why the national government came into being, it examines the Constitution in detail. The course finally tells what the Constitution stands for in principle, and the means by which it operates.
- Student's Guide to Political Philosophy, A
Harvey C. Mansfield
Behind the daily headlines on presidential races and local elections is the theory of the polity—or what the end of our politics should be. Harvard's Harvey C. Mansfield, one of America's leading political theorists, explains why our quest for the good life must address the type of government we seek to uphold. He directs our gaze to the thinkers and philosophies and classic works that have proved most influential throughout the ages.
- Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship
by Marc Kielburger, Craig Kielburger
Inspired by the vision, spirit, and activities of thousands of kids working to improve the lives of others, Take Action! shows how you, too, can change the world. Authors Marc Kielburger and Craig Kielburger are the founders of Leaders Today, an organization dedicated to helping young people realize their fullest potential and become socially involved. Their remarkable work has been profiled on Oprah and on many national news shows, as well as in magazines and newspapers across the U.S. and Canada. Now, with Take Action!, they provide easy-to-follow guidelines for making a difference in the lives of people all over the globe.
By following the valuable tips, strategies, and examples in this book, you’ll get organized and start tackling important issues in your community, your school, your country, and around the world. From writing letters and public speaking to planning fundraisers, preparing petitions, and working with the media, Take Action! covers all the basics of how to become socially involved–and have fun at the same time! You’ll discover how you and your friends can join the fight for children’s rights, get involved in environmental issues, help those suffering from hunger and poverty, and much more. You’ll also meet other extraordinary young people like yourself who turned their thoughts and passion into action and have made a tremendous impact on these issues.
- U.S. Constitution Thematic Unit
by Mary Ellen Sterling
U.S. Constitution Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: Shh! We're Writing the Constitution, We the People, The Great Little Madison. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.
- You Decide: Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases - Student
- You Decide: Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases - Teacher's Manual