Exploring Government Package with Quiz & Exam Book

Exploring Government Package with Quiz & Exam Book


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Grades: 11-12

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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The Curriculum Package includes the Student Text and a collection of historical documents, essays, & speeches called We Hold These Truths (217 pgs, pb).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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Felt this was a manageable course for a semester and wanted to see what it had to offer, which would be different than the traditional rhetoric of curriculum.
Maria D on Sep 25, 2020
It was highly recommended
Sherry L on Aug 11, 2020
Felt this was a manageable course for a semester and wanted to see what it had to offer, which would be different than the traditional rhetoric of curriculum.
Maria D on Sep 25, 2020
I used the exploring history and my son really enjoyed them. I feel they are very thorough and give a Biblical perspective.
Jeannie W on Aug 18, 2020
It was highly recommended
Sherry L on Aug 11, 2020
We've used the Notgrass Exploring World History and thought it was an excellent curriculum, so we are trying the Exploring Government this year.
Carla W on Jul 31, 2020
My high schooler enjoyed studying all history books from Notgrass so we are using this one too
Wanda W on Jun 15, 2020
We are excited to finally try Notgrass after years of doing Sonlight & generally loving it. We did not love their US Gov curriculum, though.
Gregory M on May 27, 2020
My student is really enjoying Notgrass Economics this semester, so we decided to use their Government course for next semester.
Shannon S on Apr 20, 2020
I wanted my kids to learn about how our government works with a Biblical perspective.
Elissa S on Mar 20, 2020
We used Notgrass for US History and were very satisfied.
Christine M on Dec 30, 2019
We used and enjoyed the American and World history by the same author. Thoughtful, thorough content, and well-planned, easy to follow lessons.
Grace A on Aug 19, 2019
My son is using this curriculum to study government. He has studies world history with the same author and liked it.
David H on Jul 26, 2019
A comprehensive American government course with primary sources and a biblical worldview. A great introduction into our system of government.
Ericka L on Jul 17, 2019
I love the products that Notgrass offers. We have tried many many things for History and Government and this is by far the best product available for home education.
Jessica on Jul 13, 2019
This was highly recommended to me from another homeschooling mom!
Stephanie H on Jan 3, 2019
The Notgrass curriculum is excellent!
Liane G on Oct 17, 2018
So far all the other Notgrass history curriculum has been great so we figured we will continue with whatever they offer. We have done the high school US and World history along with I am currently going through "American the Beautiful" with my 11 year old son.
Rebecca W on Sep 11, 2018
i have liked the American history books by this author, and needed a civics course for my senior.
Vanessa N on Sep 11, 2018
Notgrass does a great job. Doing this one semester & Exploring Economics the other semester.
Luigi G on Sep 6, 2018
I teach this class in our co-op and need the new version to keep up with my students
Laurie L on Aug 24, 2018
need for homeschool co-op
Jodi N on Aug 13, 2018
My student completed the American History books, last year in 11th grade. They were thorough, from a biblical worldview and perfect for independent study.
Brian D on Aug 3, 2018
We've tried America the beautiful for middle school and it read pretty easy. So I'm hopeful that the high school subjects will be well written and easy to understand.
Jessica O on Jul 31, 2018
Needed for coop class
Lauren P on Jul 28, 2018
I like Notgrass History, so I am trying this!
Angela S on Jul 20, 2018
Notgrass History is the best!
Connie T on Jul 16, 2018
It has been highly recommended as easily understandable and user friendly.
Heather A on Jun 24, 2018
Taking class at co-op and needed this text.
Hera S on Jan 18, 2018
Will be using this in a co-op class and at home
M Amanda B on Jan 9, 2018
Needed for a class.
Rachel S on Jan 2, 2018
Kelli M on Dec 8, 2017
Not satified with current curriculum.
Sandra B on Sep 11, 2017
This is what our co op is doing
Davina Y on Sep 5, 2017
Saw it at convention. Felt you had the best price.
Jodi Z on Aug 22, 2017
Highly recommended!
Sharon K on Aug 18, 2017
We have used Notgrass for American and World History, looking forward to Government this year. The writing style is easy and engaging.
Brooke L on Jul 1, 2017
Our Co-op is teaching this
Sherri F on Jun 16, 2017
I chose Notgrass Government because we have loved the World History and American History curriculum.
Marcy K on May 23, 2017
Used Notgrass American History and it worked well for us
Don B on May 21, 2017
Lesson division into small chunks; Christian worldview
User on May 18, 2017
After reviewing many US Government programs, this looks to be a good overall course which includes an English/Literature credit. I plan to use this along with the Notgrass Economics course.
Jennifer S on Apr 24, 2017
Had the best reviews out of all the boring Government choices. ;)
Ann E on Apr 4, 2017
Suggested by a friend as a way to combine credits using one curriculum.
Mickie G on Mar 3, 2017
It was recommended by a friend. We have used other Notgrass products and really liked the layout, and content.
Virginia L on Feb 20, 2017
Needed it for a class.
Paige U on Jan 4, 2017
Government is a required class to graduate high school. I liked the simplicity of this program intertwined with a Biblical understanding of the role of government and our Christian responsibilities under/with gov't.
Theresa H on Dec 17, 2016
Subject and material content
David H on Nov 28, 2016
I like the Notgrass style and all that goes with the studies. My daughter needed a 1 semester elective and going on past experience chose to do this--especially as we are in an election year again.
Elizabeth V on Sep 19, 2016
Our Co-Op is using this set for a civics class for our high schoolers. So excited for this new edition.
Melissa N on Sep 14, 2016
For my homeschooled 10th grader who is joining a coop class this fall.
rebecca k on Sep 12, 2016
required for class offered
Laura B on Sep 3, 2016
I used the exploring history and my son really enjoyed them. I feel they are very thorough and give a Biblical perspective.
Jeannie W on Aug 18, 2020
We've used the Notgrass Exploring World History and thought it was an excellent curriculum, so we are trying the Exploring Government this year.
Carla W on Jul 31, 2020
What is the year of publication?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We are currently out of stock of both the Exploring Government curriculum package and the Quiz/Exam book. When we receive new inventory they will be the new, 2016 edition.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Wow! Where was this when I was in high school? Very informative. Wish this could be mandatory for all Americans.
September 30, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
I very much recommend this set, but it is definitely a Christian textbook. My Christian 15 year old thought it was a bit overbearing. If you are comfortable with that, it's an excellent resource.
August 1, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
<p>This is the best Christian-based curriculum that I have found that does not require prep time by me the teacher/Mom Thanks for providing a wonderful instruction vehicle It is money well spent</p>
July 28, 2015

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