We the People
The Government and Politics of the United States of America
We the People 13 photocopyable lessons. A much needed introduction to the US government and American politics with readings and exercises to build English language skills and to help anyone who wants to understand the nature and future of American democracy. We the People is appropriate for intermediate English language students and for Americans of any age, background, and reading ability. It is not partisan, but explains the basics. The exercises are focused on practicing vocabulary and on thinking and discussion. The recordings will build listening skills, aid with pronunciation, and prepare students to listen to and discuss the news they follow on radio, television, in the papers, or on the internet; critical listening and reading are vital to developing critical speaking and writing skills. Anyone wanting to follow the news or understand American history and civics needs to know about the US Constitution and the structure of the US Government. This takes a lot of reading and vocabulary, critical thinking, and discussion. This book is a good, high-interest beginning. The table of contents lists the subjects of the 13 lessons and seven appendices of material teachers can use to prompt discussion and writing, The pdf of supplementary material here on our website has additional material to read and discuss.
WE THE PEOPLE served as the main text for my Civics class in Spring, 2020. I teach ELL to adults at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, WI. The class met for 1.5 hours twice a week for 12 weeks (total 36 hours of instruction). The text offered a great selection of topics for our weekly lessons to help me cover our curriculum. The information provided was accurate and up to date. In combination with video clips to illustrate various points, the 100 questions for the citizenship test, this text offered a wonderful structure for our Civics class. Four pages in length, each unit offered some new vocabulary to study, along with a page of text informing and teaching students about history, government, elections, and other topics. Two pages of exercises were perfect for reinforcement and homework. This spring, 2020 the civics information we learned was especially relevant during our election season in Wisconsin!
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