United States Government offers features that enhance students’ comprehension skills, critical-thinking skills, and analysis skills throughout the text.
Debating the Issue
Debating the Issue presents opposing viewpoints that frame a debate for students to explore with “What Is Your Opinion?” assessment questions.
Interactive features, presented in the text and extended online, make government concepts relevant to students’ everyday lives.
Primary Source features allow students to examine and interpret historical documents and political cartoons to develop critical-thinking skills.
Responsibilities of Leadership
Responsibilities of Leadership features encourage students to participate and help them recognize that in a democracy, every citizen is a potential leader.
Profiles in Government
Profiles in Government present information about the lives of people who have influenced or played key roles in U. S. government.
Real-World Examples provide current examples of a topic and opportunities for students to apply information.
Case Studies illustrate concepts with contemporary examples to help students make relevant connections to the content.
Students apply their knowledge of key topics in government by taking part in interactive simulations.
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Landmark Supreme Court Cases identify the constitutional issue behind the case. “Why it Matters” stresses the key reason the case is important and the contemporary impact of the case.
Supreme Court Case Studies
Supreme Court Case Studies, a resource written by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education presents the facts, background, decisions and impact of more than 65 Supreme Court cases.
Student Casebook supports the Interactive Chapters with graphic organizers to help students in note taking and completing simulations.
Foundations of Democracy Activities
Foundations of Democracy Activities—organized around the concepts of authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice—promote critical thinking and foster participation skills.
Democracy and Civic Education Resources
The Democracy and Civic Education Resources package includes Civic Participation Activities Guide, Constitution Study Guide, and United States Supreme Court Case Studies. Co-developed with the American Bar Association, the workbooks contain information on the history and development of the Constitution, its applications in today’s world, and analyses of important U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Political Cartoons Activities
Political Cartoons Activities with Answer Key includes content-related political cartoons to enrich and broaden instruction. Teacher’s Guide and Answer Key provide background information on each political cartoon to enable you to place the cartoon in context for students. Each political cartoon activity includes instructional captions that guide students in interpreting symbolism, caricature, satire, and bias.
Primary Source Activity Kit
The Primary Source Activity Kit is a compilation of primary and secondary sources designed to provide students with opportunities to examine historical, geographical, and government records; to analyze a variety of points-of-view; and to use critical-thinking strategies to interpret historical documents.
This engaging activity kit includes:
- Laminated placards featuring the documents and accompanying activities
- Primary and secondary source documents that cover United States history, world history, geography, and civics and government
- Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans and answer keys