American Government Grades 9-12 Print Credit Recovery

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The future of America is in your hands. Take this opportunity to learn about what your role is in government and how you can be an active citizen. This course is a study of the origins, develoment, structure, and functions of American government. Topics include the constitutional framework, federalism, the three branches of government, civil rights and liberties, political partiicpation and behavior, and policy formation. Upon completion, you'll have an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory proceses of the American political system. Basic concepts of state and local government and their relationships with the federal government are also included.

Course Objectives

This study material is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure and functions of the U.S. Federal Government with a major emphasis on the Presidency of the United States.

After reading the required text and completing the exercises found in the Study Guide, you will be able to:

·         Identify the key components of the U.S. Constitution and the powers it grants to the U.S. federal government and the state governments.

·         Outline the structure of the U.S. federal government and explain the functions and powers held by each of the three branches of the U.S. government.

·         Describe the power of the U.S. President and identify controversies that have developed through history as a result of Presidential decisions related to this power.

·         Outline how various Presidents and Presidential candidates have used the media to enhance their standing with the American people.

·         Describe the influence the U.S. President has on world politics and U.S. involvement in foreign affairs.

·         Identify important qualities and characteristics held by some notable U.S. Presidents.


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