ERIC Number: ED403179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Perspectives: Readings on Contemporary American Government [and] Teacher's Guide.
Sass, Charles, Ed.
The readings presented in this textbook provide a balanced group of opinions. The topics covered are the Constitution, the Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, judiciary, media, interest groups, and the people. Perspectives presented were written so that one can draw three dimensional objects on a two dimensional surface, giving a sense of depth to the reader. With the U.S. government, different perspectives on a two dimensional document, the Constitution, make it a living, everyday reality for all individuals. Different opinions from all areas of the U.S. government come from different people providing a unique perspective. The teacher's guide is designed for the teacher who has too much to teach and too little time to teach. The articles in "Perspectives" are grouped in broad themes that, with the help of the teacher's guide, can be taught as a unit or as individual articles. Articles and activities can be adapted easily for a variety of courses, especially U.S. government and history. Teachers are encouraged to adapt the lessons to suit their own circumstances and students' abilities. Each activity is presented in one to three classroom periods. The unit opens with a general motivation activity that may be used individually or in conjunction with the other lessons. The motivator is followed by activities related to individual articles. Each activity includes objectives and a detailed procedure. A list of suggested enrichment activities is included at the end of the chapter. Many activities include student handouts that can be duplicated for student use. (JAG)
Descriptors: Anthologies, Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Government (Administrative Body), Higher Education, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States Government (Course)
Close Up Foundation Publishing, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314; 800-765-3131 ($15.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA.
Note: For earlier edition, see ED 308 118.