American Government and Economics Bundle
Teach an exciting and engaging year of Government and Economics with critical thinking skills and the Socratic discussion. Note that textbooks need to be purchased separately. If this is your first year teaching with us, we recommend you start with our teaching training course, Teaching the Socratic Discussion in History DVD Seminar.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Take a Stand!
2) Take a Stand! American Government and Economics, Student Edition
3) Primary sources (Free on this website - to access please go to the footer
4) Textbooks - We do not sell these. Please purchase on your own:
- American Government Textbook: Basic American Government by Clarence Carson, ISBN 978-1931789196
- Economics Textbook: Lessons for the Young Economist by Robert P. Murphy, ISBN 9781933550886
Classical Historian History Bundles have everything the educator and home school parent needs to teach an engaging year of history and the tools of the historian. The Take a Stand! Teacher Edition has detailed lesson plans that explain what to do for each lesson and tips how to organize the year, including planning for class presentations. At the beginning of the year in the first few lessons, students learn history content and the tools of the historian sequentially. After acquiring the necessary skills, students then complete research in their text and from our online primary source documents. Students then form a historical judgement on an open-ended history question. With this research, students engage in a Socratic discussion. If desired, the teacher then instructs students how to write the persuasive history essay.
Content: Western Political Thought and American Government, The Declaration of Independence, American Democracy: Founding Ideas, The Role of Religion in American Education, The U.S. Constitution, The Supreme Court and Chief Justice Marshall, Free Market or Planned Economy? Globalization and Illegal Immigration, News Media and American Political Life, Totalitarianism and the United States, The American Electoral Process, Free Market, Socialism
Thinking Skills: Fact or Opinion? Judgment, Supporting Evidence, Primary or Secondary Analysis, Using Quotes, Taking Notes, Analyzing Primary Sources, Cause and Effect, and Compare and Contrast.
The Teacher Edition guides the teacher in providing weekly lesson plans, complete with exact reading assignments, research, and homework. Following the teacher guide will guarantee the teacher completes all lessons for the year without adding any stress involved in planning lessons. The teacher guide shows the teacher how to use the text, how teach the thinking tools of Take a Stand!, and provides teaching suggestions and ideas in how to get the best out of your student(s).
I have really enjoyed taking this class, I feel as though I have learned a lot about the way our country works. I really appreciated that instead of just stuffing our heads with facts, we were encouraged to think critically and form our own opinions about different topics. The small class size was really helpful because it made it easy to voice my thoughts and to hear other opinions. I feel that Mr. De Gree really believes in what he is teaching and he really cares about giving us the tools to be effective members of our society. I believe that after taking this class, I am much more knowledgeable and equipped to be an active participant in our government. Hannah - Student
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Yes. Teaching the Socratic Discussion in History Seminar is made for the home school parent or classroom teacher and not for the student. Once trained, it is best for the teacher to instruct the class live.
2. Will this work if the home school parent has one student or in a classroom setting of 30?
Yes. This curriculum has been used successfully in both situations. In a setting with one student, the parent can encourage the student to take two sides and to argue against himself. Of course, this is after the tools of the historian have been acquired and after much practice. In a classroom setting or small group setting, students can debate and discuss with each other and the teacher acting as facilitator, or tutor.
3. How does the history text and the primary source documents fit in with the Take a Stand! student book?
Are they integrated?
Yes. The Take a Stand! Teacher Edition contains detailed lesson plans that explain when, in each lesson, to read the history text, what to assign for homework, what to do in each lesson, and when to read the primary source documents. The entire curriculum is seamlessly integrated. This curriculum has gone through ten years of practice in various settings and works excellently.
4. About how much time should I allot for each lesson/day/week to allow students to start and follow through to finish the lesson or paper? I know each student is different, but a general timeframe could be very helpful for planning purposes.
In a home school setting, we recommend the lessons take place once a week for one hour and a half. In the first half hour, play the Classical Historian Go Fish game that aligns with the curriculum. Begin with the Go Fish version then switch to the “Collect the Cards” version of the game as this teaches historical facts, chronology, and inductive thinking skills. Then, plan under one hour for the lesson. In our online classes which are discussion only, we teach 30 50-minute lessons for the year. For teachers who will be assigning papers, our Teaching the Socratic Discussion DVD Seminar goes into great detail about timing around assigning the paper, grading the paper, and rewriting the paper. Suffice it to say, it is hard to answer this question about writing quickly! If you do plan on assigning essays and do not have experience doing so, then you need to watch the seminar and apply the knowledge that is given.
In a classroom setting, plan on interspersing the 30 lessons throughout the year. One teacher shared that she enjoyed teaching this curriculum once per week where she had a Socratic Discussion day. Another teacher shared she enjoyed teaching this in chunks, such as one week every six weeks or so.
5. Is the high school program similar, except that it goes deeper and delves into more controversial topics?
Yes. The reading is longer and more complicated and the Socratic discussion questions are more challenging to understand.
6. How much time should I plan on having my child do the homework?
If the student is not writing any essay, junior high students can usually complete the homework from 30 minutes to one hour per week, and high school students from two to five hours per week, depending on the ability to read. If essays are assigned it really depends on the length of the essay (one-paragraph, five-paragraph, or more), the age of the student, the familiarity of the student with the writing process, and the choice of the teacher and writer if essays will be rewritten.
7. I see the junior high program comes with Socratic Discussion DVDs specific to the curriculum. How do I use those?
Teachers may use those in a variety of ways. The discussions can be watched for further teacher training. They can be shown to students after they have had their Socratic discussion. Students can use these as an “answer key” for their own discussions. Students could watch these before they have their own discussion and take notes to help them prepare for their own discussions.
8. I don’t really know history. How can I teach this?
We’ve all had history teachers who know “everything” and they were poor teachers.
For teachers of the junior high curriculum, you can read the history along with your child and it would take about 10 – 30 minutes a week of reading. For high school, it would require from one to two hours per week of reading.
9. Do I need to complete every single thing that is recommended in the Teacher Edition?
No. In the end, the teacher has complete authority to make judgement calls based on the situation and what the teacher thinks is best. We recommend that all students read the entire history text and engage in as many Socratic discussions as possible. After this, we have planned the curriculum to include writing, as students will learn history better if they have to defend their positions, however, in this area teachers may use their judgement as to how much work they want to plan for their students.
Email John De Gree and he will email you answers or set up a phone conversation with him.