Exploring Government Curriculum Package

Exploring Government Curriculum Package

# 045081

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Item #: 045081
ISBN: 9781609990985
Grades: 11-12

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Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass is a one-semester course for high school. Explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Learn about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today. Become better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country's government.

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The Curriculum Package includes the Student Text and a collection of historical documents, essays, & speeches called We Hold These Truths (217 pgs, pb).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

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Required for school
Jenny B on Nov 6, 2021
required for class
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Required for school
Jenny B on Nov 6, 2021
Our co op assigned it.
Laura M on Jul 31, 2021
required for class
Annette H on Jul 28, 2021
chosen by his co-op teacher
Michelle D on Jul 5, 2021
required for our coop
SUSAN G on Jun 24, 2021
Logos Online School
Leigh-ann W on Dec 15, 2020
School curriculum
Karlene W on Dec 7, 2020
Logos Online School elective class
KANE F on Sep 1, 2020
Using it in our co-op.
Rhonda S on Aug 13, 2020
My son is attending Logos Online School and this text is part of the curriculum.
JulieAnn S on Aug 10, 2020
need for co-op
Cheryl M on Jul 30, 2020
Covers everything government that we need (i.e. Federal constitution, state constitution, 3 branches of gov't)
Shawna S on Jul 15, 2020
It is important to know your government. My son is a junior this year and I feel this is needed. Also great reviews
Regina S on Sep 16, 2019
Judy K on Sep 3, 2019
Wanted a good text for studying government
Amanda K on Aug 9, 2019
So pricey!
Daniel T on Jul 25, 2019
Logos online Christian school curriculum
Shara M on Jun 24, 2019
love this history.
Brenda T on Feb 17, 2019
Same as above
Morag W on Jan 14, 2019
The reviews helped us choose this for my son. Thank you!
Leigh # on Oct 23, 2018
It had great reviews and seems to be exactly the course I'm looking for. I want my 12th grader to have a good sense of our government as he graduates into adulthood.
Nina P on Oct 1, 2018
Daughters learning
Anna H on Sep 7, 2018
My son browsed through curriculum and chose this one for Government. He liked that it has a Biblical approach, and the reviews are great.
Apryll W on Sep 3, 2018
Required for co-op
Marc T S on Aug 19, 2018
My daughter needs this for a government class
Laura B on Aug 13, 2018
Using it in a homeschool class
Kathryn R on Aug 6, 2018
See above.
Gail C on Aug 4, 2018
Course requirement
Penny C on Aug 1, 2018
It has been recommended by friends.
Katie N on Jul 27, 2018
class requires
Lisa K on Jul 25, 2018
Local homeschooler Coop class material selected by the instructor
John B on Jul 24, 2018
Required material for TPS US Government class
Eri S on Jul 10, 2018
homeschool co-op high school government class
User on Feb 19, 2018
Read online reviews. Liked the positive feedback.
Gretchen C on Jan 4, 2018
Required text for my son's American Government class (home school coop)
TOM C on Sep 7, 2017
My daughter needs a government course and I wanted a Christian perspective. This course met the criteria.
Shelby L on Aug 25, 2017
Required Textbook for a government class.
Donna H on Aug 21, 2017
STACY H on Aug 18, 2017
Required book for our homeschool coop. Free shipping on this site for this amount!! Yay!!
Kerry C on Aug 14, 2017
I have used this curriculum before and really like the way it is laid out. Easy to read and follow.
Tammy J on Nov 9, 2016
Needed it for homeschooling
Lisa M on Oct 3, 2016
To study government.
Mona M on Sep 4, 2016
Required by instructor
Janine R on Aug 29, 2016
Best price for brand new product
Miriam E on Aug 22, 2016
My son is doing a Co-op this year for high school
Camille L on Aug 20, 2016
Using the book for a co-op class on Government to satisfy .5 credit for high school.
Tracy S on Aug 18, 2016
Saving money by getting all of the curriculum I need from various sites right here at Rainbow Resource with lower costs and free shipping! I like that English is built into this course and I really trust the Notgrass family for accurate history/government.
Melanie A on Aug 18, 2016
His homeschool co-op tutor required this.
Shelley W on Aug 15, 2016
Two of my older children are taking Government this year and needed this text.
Jennifer H on Aug 11, 2016
Need for co-op class
Tina N on Aug 6, 2016
Our co op assigned it.
Laura M on Jul 31, 2021
chosen by his co-op teacher
Michelle D on Jul 5, 2021
Do you plan on offering the complete package now available for the Notgrass Exploring Government Package that includes the reviews & workbooks? I wanted to purchase that complete package? Thank you!
A shopper on May 5, 2020
Our co-op is considering this curriculum for 8&9th grade for possible HS credit. I am a bit concerned it will be too challenging for this age. Any other suggestions if some desire HS credit?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think it would work for 8th and 9th, because Mr. Notgrass is a good writer and very clear. _We Hold These Truths_ has historical documents, speeches, and such, and younger students may find the reading level more difficult for that book. However, the chapter questions and tests are mostly from the main textbook, so I don't think they would be bogged down and unable to complete the assignments.
When does Rainbow Resource plan to carry the 2016 version of the Exploring Government curriculum that is coming out soon?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We currently have the new 2016 edition in stock - #45081, #45082, and #EXGVPK.
The government course we used for our other children is dated, I could not find a copyright date for this course. I noticed it covered Hurricane Katrina, but how about more recent events such as the increasing use of executive orders, or the recent supreme court decisions, the fact that the balance of government seems to be unbalanced?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The edition we are currently stocking has a 2008 copyright but we understand there is an updated edition scheduled for August.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Good foundation
Our daughter learned the history and basics of how our government functions. She says that she especially profited from reading the literature biographies and documents/essays in We Hold These Truths book. Through this past semester, she kept telling me about the stories she was reading and how much she's learning. I plan on having my four younger kids do Notgrass government and economics because I like the combination of biographies, original source documents and their truthful presentation of our government.
June 5, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
books like new
Thus far, my child is doing these books for our homeschool co op GOV/ECO class and will do the first review test of 9 chapters. So far this is a very understandable book. The books came timely and wonderful condition. We were happy to see these sold together!
October 20, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
<p>I have known Ray and Charlene Notgrass and their son John for several years Ray is a homeschooling father and former minister who now develops and publishes homeschooling curricula I was not satisfied with what we used for our older son Mark�s senior �social studies� (how I hate that term) so for Jeremy�s senior year we purchased some things from Notgrass <em>Exploring Government</em> is intended as a one-semester high school course that provides a half-year credit in government The 75 lessons are grouped into fifteen units which fall into four main parts</p><p>Part 1 covers some background material showing the roots of our government in Biblical Western and American History Part 2 deals with the U S Constitution and what it sets forth regarding Congress the Executive the bureaucracy and the judiciary along with the amendments Part 3 discusses state and local governments as well as taxing and spending And Part 4 contains some issues facing American government today Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week What the student is to do each day and each week clearly outlined Everything is presented from both a Biblical and a constitutionalist perspective</p><p>The purpose is to educate to inspire and sometimes to warn the student concerning the governments of the United States the individual states and their local communities in order that he or she might be better equipped to remain prayerful thoughtful and involved with regard to our government There is an accompanying book <em>We Hold These Truths</em> a collection of historic documents essays and speeches in American government plus a quiz and test booklet and an answer key We found it very useful On the one hand it is a rather intensive course that will require students to study hard but on the other hand it is quite simple in that it does not demand a lot of teacher preparation</p>
August 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
<p>This homeschool curriculum brings history to life! Your children will enjoy history and reading the stories about different historical figures The document based reading assignments are extremely beneficial for gaining insight into the culture of the time period The curriculum also does a nice job of weaving in biblical concepts and foundations throughout</p>
July 28, 2015

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