How well do you know American Government? Do you want to find out? Take this quick test:
•What are some ways in which the federal government is different from state government?
•What powers are vested to the president?
•What department heads make up the cabinet?
•What authority is exclusive to the Supreme Court?
•How is a bill introduced to Congress? What process does it go through to become a law?
•How do the three branches of government balance and check each other?
How did you do? If you didn't pass with flying colors, take heart. There is a book available called Government 101 which explains the nuts and bolts of government in a way that is easy to learn and easy to teach.
Government 101 presents the three branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial) and explains their functions in a concise, simple way. There is a section on how a bill becomes a law and how the citizen can become involved in the legislative process.
The material in Government 101 can be used to teach the fundamentals of government to an eight year-old. It can also be used as a primer and guide for the high school student. The book comes with a Teacher's Guide/Answer Key, worksheets, suggested activities and a final exam. Materials are packaged in a handy plastic folder that readily fits into a three-ring binder. Price for Government 101 packet: $9.90
Read Government 101 and take the above test again. I'll bet you pass with flying colors!
Shirley M.R. Minster, resource reviewer for Home Educator's Family Times Magazine, had this to say about Government 101:
"States require that a course covering United States government be taught to high school students. Teaching this subject should be easy, right? Wrong. 'How does our government work? If only I had a simple, straightforward book to help me.' Such a book is now in print and concise is its middle name. Laura Petrisin, a homeschooling mother with an educational background in writing curriculum, has written a book that clearly outlines the branches in the federal government, how laws are made, and how to get involved in the legislative process... This is a good reference and could be used as the textbook to start the process of civics."
Dean Andreola, resource reviewer for Christian Books Distributor, writes:
Immigrants applying for citizenship seem to know more about how our federal government works than many high school graduates and adult voters. As homeschoolers, it is important that we understand our federal government so we can work to improve it—an informed citizen becomes a conscientious voter. This is not a "Cadillac" course; just a concise little overview (branches of government, how laws are made, and citizens’ impact on the legislative process) of how all the pieces of government fit together. A handy refresher course and supplemental reference guide. Includes 20-page booklet, 13-page teacher’s guide, and worksheet/activity suggestion/exam packet. From Press On Publications.—Dean