Topic | Is The Young Citizen’s Reader A Good Resource for Covering Government?

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  • Regan
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    The Young Citizen’s Reader was recommended for Civic’s/Government?  Have any of you used this and if so, what are your thoughts?

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    Hi Regan,

    My “bigs” and I utilized this resource while they were in middle school as an introduction to government.  I would not utilize it for high school study.

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    I wanted to add that some of the information is a bit outdated but not so much so that the book is not useful.

    Regan
    Participant

    Very good to know, Tamara!  This is being used for middle school.  Do you have anything you would recommend for high school?

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    We (SCM) currently recommend Notgrass’s Exploring Government but at a slowed down pace.

    retrofam
    Participant

    Robinson Curriculum booklist has some government books.

    Regan
    Participant

    Thank you so much, Tamara and Retrofam, I will look into both of these!

     

    MelissaB
    Participant

    Tamara, do you have a suggestion of Notgrass Govt at a slower pace?  I need examples, I’m not sure what to do.  I got this for the school year and it seems like a lot.  My son is 11th grade, but isn’t a fast reader.  I don’t want it to drag on either tho.  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    Hi MelissaB.

    We do not have a schedule typed up but recommend reading it over the course of a year instead of the suggested 1 semester or spread it out over 2 semesters, finishing half of the book 1 year and the 2nd half over the 2nd year.

    Amy
    Participant

    I love this book it is just enough for an introduction in middle school.  I was able to use and add in more things as we went along by sections.  One example, when it discusses state parks we looked up our own, we had them find and label the ones they have found, etc.  I would often find videos that work so great too to add to it.  I think it’s a great spine.

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