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Basic Principles of American Government

Grades 9-12

Develop a foundational understanding of the structure and role of all the major components of American government

Features

  • updated text puts recent political events in context, including the 2016 election campaign and outcomes and the early stages of the Trump administration
  • seven units cover the principles behind American government, the American political process, the legislative branch, the executive branch, the judicial branch, state and local government in the American system, and looking ahead
  • emphasizes the significance of “involvement” by encouraging Americans to stay informed about public events and government actions on all levels
  • comprehensive introduction and chapter content reflects an emphasis on the Social Studies Practices and Historical Thinking Skills students should develop for college, career, and civic participation (C3)
  • Chapter Review exercises include stimulus-based questions, an issue-based essay, and a Document-Based Question to challenge students to read and synthesize primary sources, charts, graphs, and political cartoons
  • each chapter ends with an inquiry-based activity to answer, followed by Concept Application Tasks to practice civic participation
  • Unit Reviews provide students with targeted practice of each of the six social studies skills through writing and research activities, completion of graphic organizers, and in answering the Unit Essential Question
  • includes the complete text of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution
  • vocabulary minilessons for English learners that connect vocabulary to each chapter’s key concepts are provided in the Langauge of Government digital resource
  • Follows the C3 Framework and addresses the Inquiry Arc’s Four Dimensions through Essential and Compelling Questions, comprehensive content, skills development, and communication of student understanding
Teacher Package

Teacher Manual

Provides teachers with a compact, well-organized framework for teaching a semester- or year-long course in government. The manual provides objectives, ready-made lesson plans, teaching strategies, extension activities, and test materials.

ExamView® Test Generator

Includes one test for each chapter and one test for each unit. Each test consists of 10 multiple-choice items, two short-answer items, and one essay item. At least six items require students to interpret a text excerpt or visual source of information.


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  1. Basic Principles of American Government

    Basic Principles of American Government

    Student Edition Hardcover

    1995106
    Develop a foundational understanding of the structure and role of all the major components of American government. Learn More
    $44.95

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  2. Basic Principles of American Government

    Basic Principles of American Government

    Student Edition Online (6-year License)

    19951D

    Minimum Purchase of 25 Required

    $44.95
    School PO Only

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  3. Basic Principles of American Government

    Basic Principles of American Government

    Teacher Package

    04084
    Includes Teacher Manual (print) and ExamView. Sold only in conjunction with a classroom set of 25 print or online Student Editions. Learn More
    $49.95
    School PO Only

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