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  1. I'll start. I can copy and paste anyone's info into the first posts. Moved asynchronous and live class info to 2nd post. COMPLETE CURRICULUM/TRADITIONAL OPTIONS Notgrass Government includes student text, primary source text, student review workbook, tests Online class: unknown Credits: 0.5 Link: https://history.notgrass.com/high-school/exploring-government/ Abeka Full course including tests. Link: https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/BookDescription.aspx?sbn=376272 Credits: ? BJU Press Full course including tests. Link: https://www.bjupress.com/category/grade-12-american-government-curriculum Credits: ? Masterbooks Civics and the Constitution Texts, video, teacher guide Credits: Link: https://www.masterbooks.com/civics-and-the-constitution-curriculum-pack Beautiful Feet Books A Noble Experiment by Zeezok--text, video, teacher Length: 16 weeks Link: https://www.bfbooks.com/A-Noble-Experiment-DVD-Set-Teacher-Resource-CD-Workbook?sc=25&category=1309 Accelerated Christian Education (ACE Paces) ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) PACES -- Gov't = 1133-1138 -- CD Roms + workbooks Sonlight American Government and Civics Length: 18 weeks (1 semester) Link: https://www.sonlight.com/420-99?gclid=Cj0KCQiA88X_BRDUARIsACVMYD9SYf6dJMG2AxmMokYD_mUJ_E2WwNQGVkbfJdMeEX28omwZh29k6ScaAjVBEALw_wcB Kolbe Academy Purchase plans from them. Includes tests, and answer keys. Credits: 0.5 book link: https://books.kolbe.org/search?q=HH11GVTKYK Link: https://kolbe.org/courses/homeschool/courses/high-school/history-curriculum/ Alpha Omega AO Life Pacs (workbook set) Switched on Schoolhouse CDs -- Christian Time for Learning Time 4 Learning -- secular My Father's World part of a larger package that includes U.S. History, etc. Credits: U.S. history, government, English, and Bible (3 full-year credits) Link: https://www.mfwbooks.com/item/96300/U-S-History-to-1877/ Magruder's American Government Text, teacher, tests (secular) Read full description--it appears there is writing included in some way https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/10365/Magruders-American-Government.html Generations It appears this might include government but I can't tell if you can purchase just the government components or must buy the entire 10th grade core Link: https://sites.generations.org/curriculum/10th-grade-core-curriculum/ We The People self-paced course, textbook, teacher's book link to textbook: https://www.civiced.org/we-the-people/textbooks/high-school Note: site says they won't sell teacher books to non-schools link to individual units with primary sources: https://www.civiced.org/resourcecenter/ correlated primary source list: https://www.civiced.org/images/stories/downloads/WethePeople_Level3_PrimarySourceCorrelation_ConSource.pdf comment from boardie Paige: I don't see this listed, but we're using We The People as a spine and it has some excellent free supplemental resources online. https://learn.civiced.org/course/index.php?categoryid=1 We're adding to it but I'm not sure you'd have to. I got the corresponding textbooks and a teacher's guide from thriftbooks but you need to be careful if you go that route. My teacher's guide and texts aren't for exactly the same issue and the chapters don't always line up. It's ok but I should have paid more attention to the publication dates. I didn't even know about the online option until we'd gotten several units in- I wish we'd used it from the start as it would have simplified my planning. It's secular and politically neutral, IMO. CLEP OPTIONS Modern States U.S. Government This is prep for a CLEP test only. Approx time required: 24 hours Link: https://modernstates.org/course/american-government/ CREATE YOUR OWN COURSE OPTIONS (some full texts, some videos, etc.) Gov't = Complete Idiot's Guide to American Government - Gov't = The Everything American Government Book Gov't = Standard Deviants: American Gov't Super Pack (secular; 10 DVD set; 3.5 hours) Open Source/MOOC options- edX: American Government Hillsdale College free courses: https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/civil-rights-in-american-history https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/constitution-101 https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/congress https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/intro-to-the-constitution https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/the-us-supreme-court https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/public-policy https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/the-federalist-papers https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/the-presidency-and-the-constitution https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/constitution-201 Ashbrook Center 50 Core Documents https://ashbrook.org/50docs/ https://teachingamericanhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/50-Core-American-Documents.pdf Ashbrook Center--Ashland University American History and Government: Using Primary Source Documents to Uncover America's Past pdf files. I have them, but can't figure out where to find them online. PM me if you want them. There are two volumes. I don't believe there are any tests. Credits: ? History, Government and Economics through Primary Sources. Free online textbook: new website (updated link 9/21/2021) https://billofrightsinstitute.org/curricula/documents-of-freedom multiple resource listing from boardie who taught government: https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/674785-government-course-resources/?tab=comments#comment-8120412 includes this free online textbook: https://www.ushistory.org/gov/index.asp GA Virtual Learning Course: http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/SSResources/SSShared/SharedAmericanGovernment.aspx Annenberg Learner From BakersDozen:- Annenberg Learner-30 minute videos (3 segments, 10 minutes each) and some of the best reading selections I've found in any Gov't/Civics course. I pair with Constitution USA (Peter Sagal) videos and applicable movies.Annenberg Democracy in America AJS Materials (MamaSprout): From MamaSprout: "I would consider AJS materials to be complete in an absolute minimal sort of way. It does suggest some activities to flesh it out a bit. Good to use as a spine for videos or mock government:" https://www.ajspublications.com/our-federal-and-state-constitutions-worktext and the TE: https://www.ajspublications.com/accompanying-materials ACDC Government Ultimate review packet (from the acdc econ people). If Derek Owens did a AP review course, this would be it. Again, might be nice if you are reading from a book list (or something like MPs Cicero) and need the nuts and bolts of American government covered. https://www.ultimatereviewpacket.com/courses/gov iCitizen from Momto6inIN "I did the iCitizen pdf with my 11th grader this year and it was great. The chapters were to the point but pretty complete and the essay questions at the end of each provided her with some great opportunities for research and writing. We also watched Crash Course videos to supplement." https://generationjoshua.org/GenJ/programs/civics-education/icitizen Supreme Court Case Studies by Glencoe https://www.uniontwpschool.org/cms/lib/NJ01000684/Centricity/Domain/236/supreme court case studies.pdf Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics and You: Supreme Court Case Studies by Glencoe It includes 68 Supreme Court case studies. It only appears to have cases through 2001. I was hoping to supplement our study with some Supreme Court decisions and this looks like a nice resource Purdue University civics Purdue added a civics requirement for their students. There are podcasts with questions and resources available here: https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/communication/cspan/ccse/civics-literacy-initiative/
  2. My daughter is in 8th grade, but I'm looking ahead so that we can plan out her high school for college entry. I have noticed that colleges require World History, US History, Government, and Economics. I'm not sure how to include that on her transcript if she is doing the high school level history through Well Trained Mind.
  3. What is the usual progression of studies in high school, as far as U.S. History I, II, Modern World History, and Geography? Our state requires all of these, for a total of 15 credits. However, I don't see any requirement at all for U.S. Government/Civics. We definitely want to include this. Would appreciate any recommendations about the order of these courses. I'm thinking of U.S. History I and U.S. Government/Civics simultaneously. Would this be a problem?
  4. I'm looking for a one semester high school government course. Could you give me pros and cons of the programs you may have used?
  5. A friend is looking for something that can be used in a one-semester co-op type environment meeting once per week. She'd like to spend the first six weeks or so covering the election process / electoral college and then finish the semester with other US government materials. This will be for a mix of high school ages (with maybe a high reading ability 8th grader thrown in). Ideas?
  6. What recommendations do you have for curriculum that does not shy away from mentioning the Christian perspectives some Framers and Founders had in governing our nation? Thanks!
  7. This year's Advanced Placement exams are now looming. We have finally finished the readings for all six countries in Comparative Government. Now we're reviewing US Government, Comparative Government and trying to also squish in enough Latin review for the Lukeion Latin 2 final. I added some comments and tips for the government courses to the AP Government social group. I'm definitely noticing that the boys haven't dealt with US Government for a semester. They feel much less fluent with those questions, even though we covered them well in the fall/winter. Many deer in the headlights looks. I had them take a practice multiple choice section from one study book. Then they went over their answers and noted areas of difficulty. With one son, I saw that there were several categories where he needed to review. I also noticed that he was struggling with "negative questions" (all of the following are reasons EXCEPT). So he knows that he needs to read those carefully. I'm having him review the sections for those categories within that specific study book. Also, my library has online practice tests for a range of more common AP exams.
  8. My son just watched this movie, which we received as a Christmas gift, and he strongly recommends it and asked me to post about it here (I recommend it too)! It would be suitable to parents and to older children. It does not particularly have anything that would be bad (strong language, sex, violence) for younger children so far as we noticed, but my son thinks children much younger than he is would probably just not understand it and thus be bored by it. He is 11.5 and we think children his age old or older could understand and appreciate it. It might be available to stream, or to buy a DVD, at http://www.TakeBackYourPower.net eta: he requested that I bump it up and make my review better, so I am trying to do that. It is about public endangerment in terms of health, and about government and corporate intrusion and surveillance into our lives and homes--things that in the USA are supposed to be unconstitutional, but this is actually about a global situation and the film maker is from Canada, so it is not just about USA issues. It is about totalitarianism via the "Smart" Grid, and "Smart" Meters, and about cell towers, and their problems and related matters in a movie that is a little hard to describe, but has important information and is also well done. a quote from jacket: "What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo."
  9. So far I have found two options that don't seem dry as a bone. Basic Amerian Govenment, but I really don't have the time to do it with her....how much will it loose? The Uncle Eric books look like they would be her thing (more story based) but I get a headache trying to figure the order and if all the books put together make a complete course. Any opions and other options would be appreciated. Heather
  10. I would like a pretty basic, simple overview of American government. We are going to go through the HSLDA Constitutional Literacy course later this year, but before that I would like to find something that explains in basic terms the set up and functioning of our government.I'd like something fairly short, almost like a brochure/booklet, not a full high school textbook. I know I could use the Constitution itself, but am looking for something with simpler wording that will explain it all fairly quickly and simply. We'll be reading the direct text and looking at Supreme Court cases in the HSLDA course, but I wanted something we could use even as just dinner table conversation to get my kids up to speed before delving into the harder course.Thanks for any suggestions.
  11. Our mayor phoned our house this morning to invite our 9yo to present her "community improvement" idea at the city council meeting tonight. We participate in the Girl Scout "Juliette" program, and seeing how the 22nd of February is World Thinking Day, I let my girls take the day off from regular school and just work on Girl Scout stuff all day. One of the things my 9yo worked on was a step for one of her "Journeys"--picking a problem she sees in the community and trying to do something about that problem. She wrote a letter to the mayor about our city's running trail and how she was hesitant to use it because it's not marked very well and, because they are no maps of it, she has no idea where it goes. She also wrote that she would appreciate a response to her letter. That was a little over a week ago (obviously), and the phone rang this morning with the mayor's name on the caller ID. I figured it was worth interrupting lessons to answer the phone, and it was indeed our actual mayor on the line. He said her letter was "the sweetest letter," and then he acknowledged that she had asked for him to write back to her and he said, "How about I do ya one better? Would she be comfortable presenting her idea to the city council tonight at our meeting?" And then there was some stammering from me, which I'm sure was very impressive, and we talked logistics for a minute before deciding that she could handle it and that'd we'd show up early so she could have a chat with the mayor and he could talk her through the protocol. She's excited, "but a little nervous." She narrated to me what she wants to say and I wrote it down for her, and now we're having lots of discussions about various political topics. What a great tie-in to our study of the American Revolution! :) I just had to share because I'm just so proud of her!
  12. An old colleage of ours retired from his first career and became a high school teacher. I thought his course website had so much good info that it was worth sharing. He has AP US Government, US Government and World History with syllabai, lesson plans, textbook reading assignments and video recommendations. Really a treasure trove. I first met him when he was teaching at the college level. I can say that his background and life experience is so incredible that I would love to sit and take one of his courses. And you could do a lot worse than use his syllabus as a guideline.
  13. I am looking for a semester course for economics and another one for American Government. My daughter prefers the textbook approach and we need something that can be completely mostly independently. I would prefer secular but am open to something like BJU. This is for the 11th/12th grade level. I would appreciate any suggestions. I would also appreciate feedback about BJU US History. Thanks.
  14. Just returned from our state conference, but am still looking for a Government course for high school. I want to take advantage of the election year and do it this fall, even though my son will only be in 9th grade. He does love political discussions and I would say one of his strengths is critical thinking....however, we have a lot of skill development that needs to happen with writing. I found an old thread that recommended Great Source, but then an Amazon review characterized it as "left leaning." Anyone agree or disagree? We are interested in a more "libertarian leaning" : ) or unbiased perspective. Oak Meadow uses Democracy in Action (which gets good reviews, but there aren't many). Any suggestions or reviews would be appreciated! BTW...I was thinking of just a semester course, but would be open to a full year. Ashley
  15. just beginning to think about government credit for next year. Wondering what people might be using. We are done with the Story of the Medieval world and thought this might be a good time for government since her next book isn't out. What are people using? Has anyone used Sonlight 400? pj
  16. This is the only place I could think of to get REAL answers for my problem... We have used Sonlight and or Mystery of History almost all the way through our Homeschooling career. Lit based or spine programs...We have used some workbook things and even have experience with SOS (for HS Health) and Teaching Textbooks for Math. So, now that we are HERE - 12th grade (AH!) MOH doesn't have the 4th book out and we don't want to use Sonlight as it's too Lit. intense for that Core. We JUST want to get the credit for Am Gov & Econ and be done (KWIM?). My son is headed into the Military as a Firefighter so just needs the info and the credits. I have looked at SOS's 1 year program and Notgrass 1/2 semester each, Amanda Benett's Unit Study on Gov....and a few other things like Economics in a Box. Is there ANYTHING else out there I should check out before making my final decision? I would love something more Video driven or on the computer, but doesn't have to be, of course. HELP! ;)
  17. Need opinions on "The Everything American Government Book" and "The Idiots Guide to American Government". Any other recommendations? He'll be voting in November and has had LOADS of questions about the election process (not just the pres. election). He's also wanting to understand (has had questions) the roles of all the secretaries and supreme court judges. Honestly, he's had some GREAT questions that have made me realize how *little* I know! So, mom will be getting a nice refresher course too. I love homeschooling!:)
  18. I found a cool online seminar on the US Constitution from the Center for the Constitution at Montpelier (James Madison's home). There is a pre-assessment, 7 lessons and then a post assessment. I did the first lesson, which took about 30 minutes. Most of it is reading, with some pictures of related primary source documents (political cartoons, illustrations from the past). There were also several panel discussion video clips (each about 5 minutes long).
  19. Has anyone done such a thing? My oldest would like to take 1/2 credit of economics next year and 1/2 credit of government. I thought it would be interesting to compare various governments around the world. Any ideas on where to start? Thanks, Karen
  20. Do you give a full credit for each of these classes? When I took (non-AP) econ and govt in high school, they were one-semester classes. The AP homeschoolers versions only last until February and March, respectively. Have you given a them 1/2 credit? 3/4? Thank you.
  21. Hi Lori! I am quoting you from another thread about a month ago. :D I know you used Notgrass American History. What did you use to include the Government credit? I had originally intended to do the separate Notgrass Government course, but I would really like to combine Amer Hist & Gov for dd next year. Thank you so much for your wisdom. You are such a great help to so many here. :001_smile:
  22. I am researching books pertaining to the history and applications of our US Constitution to teach my high school daughter. A while ago I read a thread from this forum suggesting the following book, "The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution" by W. Cleon Skousen. Amazon reviewers raved this hefty read (888 pages), but would love to read your reviews. Anyone ever read this book and if so, have you implemented in your home studies? Thank you so much.
  23. My 9th grader is using Notgrass U.S. Government and doing very poorly. She averages Ds on the quizzes. I let her take the first exam as open book and she earned a B. I feel so bad for her because I do believe she is studying the best she knows how but she is just not getting it all and is therefore demoralized. She is really struggling to understand Conceptual Physics as well. I need some suggestions on work she might be able to do that can help her learn and demonstrate knowledge of this course. I was thinking of a lapbook. Anything else.
  24. Let be be upfront and say that we are only doing these courses because we have to, so I'm looking for something quick and easy that would count as 1/2 credit each. It also needs to be inexpensive. While I would prefer something secular, I've been told School of Tomorrow Paces would be quick and easy with minimal writing (my child struggles immensely with it). The description for Economics says it is from a biblical viewpoint, so I will pass on that, but the Civics does not mention any biblical perspective. Does anyone know if it is secular? How about the Uncle Eric series...Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, A Bluestocking Guide to Economics, etc. They have good reviews on Amazon. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. If I messed up posting in any way, please forgive me as I am new to this whole forum thing.
  25. How would you feel if your federal and municipal government chose to pump (at least) $400,000. into Gay Pride Parade, but less than a week later, chose to cancel all fireworks for your country's birthday? Toronto has always had fireworks displays on Canada Day. It's a tradition. Not this year. This Canada day (this Wednesday) all celebrations have been cancelled. Sure, they say it's because of city workers on strike. But they kept Gay Pride Parade going strong this past weekend. :confused: As a former Torontian, I am shocked... well, maybe I'm not shocked. That's even worse. Because not only do they not have their priorities straight, (lol that's punny!) but they in effect, have no pride at all. (there we go again!) So how would you feel? Aren't we all patriotic? Don't we all want to have one day a year to celebrate our county? Here's the link: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jun/09062909.html
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