TheAmerican Government Student Activity Manual, 3rd ed. provides students opportunities to analyze primary documents and thereby put themselves into the minds of the Founders and the context of their times. A variety of activities are provided for reinforcement, enrichment, and review that help the student develop skills of analysis, evaluation, comprehension, application, and use of resources. A chapter review in most chapters provide opportunities to prepare for the chapter tests.
The 3rd edition (revised 2014) of American government examines the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic, with an emphasis on the responsibilities of Christian citizenship within society. It emphasizes biblical and governmental principle, forms of government and democracy, the constitution, federalism, political parties, elections, public policy and politics, the legislative branch, the executive branch, and the judicial branch. The 3rd edition now includes a new chapter on state and local government, and can be taught as a one- or two-semester course; content is divided into 90 lessons. The Teacher Edition includes additional information, suggested activities, lesson plan overview, and more; the Toolkit CD is included with the Teacher Edition and contains charts, tables, graphs, and photos. The Home School Kit includes Student Text, Teacher Edition w/ Toolkit CD, Student Activity Manual, Student Activity Manual Answer Key, Tests, and Tests Answer Key.
The American Government course is intended for 12th grade and discusses the Constitution, the three branches of government, political parties, elections, foreign policy and more – all from a Biblical perspective.
This complete social studies curriculum assumes a strong Christian worldview that is meaningful and relevant in today’s world. It reflects a conservative evangelical perspective and would be a good choice for many Christians because of its Godly perspective. Heritage Studies uses a narrative approach making the books more interesting and provides a look at how God has interacted with human events to establish His kingdom, and give students an opportunity to study historical figures and events through the lens of God’s Word. In addition to the historical aspect of Heritage Studies, students are invited to evaluate concepts, cultural values, economic issues, and government systems using Scripture. By teaching the past, students become aware of the present and are better able to understand and think critically about issues they will face. Heritage Studies strives to present a balanced view of history and challenges students to think for themselves.
Many of the texts have been updated and revised in recent years. Student Texts are colorful and non-consumable. Teacher Editions are full of resources (these will vary between editions), and usually include reduced student pages, teaching tips, background and supplemental information, and answer keys. Newer editions also include a Toolkit CD, which includes maps, visuals, instructional aids, Activity Manual Answer Keys (in some cases), and more. Activity Manuals include full-color pages to review and enrich lessons. Activity Manual Answer Keys are student activity manual pages with answers filled in – in some cases the Activity Manual answers are found in the teacher edition for that level. Tests are non-reproducible and come in a packet with one test per chapter; Tests Answer Keys are student tests with the answers filled in. A Visuals Packet is available for grade 1 (optional) and includes a timeline, maps, pictures, interactive figures, and full-color charts. Home School Kits include the required materials for teaching Heritage Studies at each grade level, and usually includes a Student Text, Teacher Edition, Activity Manual, Activity Manual Answer Key (where needed), Tests, and Tests Answer Keys.