Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge

Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge

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Grades: 11-12

Product Description:

"Any man who has been placed in the White House can not feel that it is the result of his exertions or his own merit. Some power outside and beyond him becomes manifest through him. As he contemplates the workings of his office, he comes to realize with an increasing sense of humility that he is but an instrument in the hands of God." Profoundly reflective, this quote summarizes President Coolidge's experiences in the executive office. Weaving together glimpses of childhood, collegiate years, and his venture into law and politics, this book looks into the heart and soul of a man who loved his country. He gave his all to restore dignity to the oval office and preserve the American ideals of frugality in government. Engaging read with black and white photographs. One of the Exploring Government (Notgrass) literature recommendations. 273 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne

Publisher Description:

The story of the thirtieth president of the United States, in his own words, published by the National Notary Association.

Category Description for Exploring Government (Gr. 11-12):

Like the other Notgrass high school courses, Exploring Government is a well-constructed course with a strong underlying biblical and Christian worldview. Written with the three-fold purpose of educating, inspiring, and (sometimes) warning, there is an emphasis on the biblical basis for government and on understanding the U.S. Constitution. The one semester (1/2 credit) course of 75 lessons is organized into four Parts divided into 15 (weekly) Units. Part 1 provides background information to the formation of American government - the history and development of the idea of government - as well as the aforementioned biblical basis along with a look at the U.S. from the standpoint of being an exercise in government formation. Part 2 examines the U.S. Constitution, the three branches of American government, and the constitutional amendments. Part 3 covers state and local governments along with taxes and budget. Part 4 takes a look at the issues currently facing our government. Each Unit includes an Introduction Page which gives a brief overview of the Unit, lists the lessons for the Unit, and gives a suggestion for an activity - usually writing ideas.

The Curriculum Package includes the Student Text and a collection of historical documents, essays, & speeches called We Hold These Truths (217 pgs, pb). The 387-page, paperback Student Text provides 2-4 pgs of highly readable, succinctly written text for each lesson along with any additional assigned readings from WHTT. Illustrating graphics are well-chosen but not excessive and (disappointingly) black and white although I'm sure this helps to keep the course affordable. As the course progresses the student is continually encouraged to examine the difference between government and politics as well as between what is and what should be. An interesting collection of documents, the WHTT book contains a good selection of "founding fathers" material - the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and others from this time period - as you would expect. There are also some interesting documents highlighting the development of American governmental philosophy (i.e. Magna Carta, etc.) and some key constitutional issues (separation of church and state). There is another collection of recent documents on contemporary issues (the Ten Commandments controversy) but relatively little from the 19th and early 20th century. This is probably due to the fact that many of those documents were included in Exploring America, the author's U.S. History and Literature course. The Quiz and Exam pack which is optional includes both an exam book and an answer key. For each Unit there are sets of lesson review questions and quizzes. There are three comprehensive exams - one for each five Units). The answer key is exactly that - answers to the review questions, the quizzes, and the exams. In general this is a well-done course providing a solid overview of government with a readable text. I could wish the review questions and quizzes relied just a little more on critical thinking and less on information recap. However, the writing assignments are thought provoking and essay-writing is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. The author suggests that students can expect to spend about an hour per day on reading and questions. For the teacher/parent there's little that must be done except grading but both parents and students will undoubtedly profit from related discussions. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
11
Grade End
12
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
Weight
0.95 (lbs.)
Dimensions
8.5" x 5.75" x 0.62"
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This book is needed to accompany my daughters history. I am having difficulty obtaining it from my library system.
Virginia C on Feb 7, 2021
My son needed this book to accompany his Notgrass Government/English lit course.
Laura T on Jan 7, 2021
This book is needed to accompany my daughters history. I am having difficulty obtaining it from my library system.
Virginia C on Feb 7, 2021
To learn more about President Calvin Coolidge
Sophia M on Jan 14, 2021
My son needed this book to accompany his Notgrass Government/English lit course.
Laura T on Jan 7, 2021
School
Marzena P on Nov 10, 2020
Had to have for son's homeschool government class and the bargain aspect saved money.
Tannis D on Aug 21, 2018
need for coop class
Darla M on Sep 12, 2017
Required reading for History
Rebecca C on Aug 13, 2017
To learn more about President Calvin Coolidge
Sophia M on Jan 14, 2021
School
Marzena P on Nov 10, 2020
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