American Government

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Samantha Morgan

American Government Instructor
Samantha (Richard) Morgan, a homeschool alumna, graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Education. For the last three years, she has been teaching for Shelby County Schools. Samantha is currently enjoying a new phase of life with a baby girl at home and looking forward to returning to the homeschooling community. 

Class Description

1 ½ hour,  15-week course (one semester)

Students will explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution. By learning about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today, students become better equipped to understand, be involved, and examine their role in shaping public policy.

In addition, using the book You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases, students will learn critical thinking skills as they learn the Bill of Rights, look at real court cases involving each amendment, judge each case based on their knowledge of the Bill of Rights and the facts of the case, and compare their ruling with the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. What could be more fun than putting knowledge with practical application?!

The class will discover:

  • the checks and balances of the three branches of the government
  • how laws are developed
  • responsible ways to influence or change proposed legislation
  • how to become an influence in the political process

Grade Level

11th and 12th Grade

Course Prerequisites

Students should have taken or be currently enrolled in an American or US History course.

Textbook & Other Materials

Publication Date: 2016

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Exploring Government Curriculum Package by Ray Notgrass

ISBN-13: 9781609990985


 Quiz and Exam Book

Exploring Government Quiz and Exam Book by Ray Notgrass

ISBN-13: 9781609991029


180.00   paid in 2 or 4 post-dated payments; due at registration; non-refundable after May 31

Deposit/Supply Fee

35.00   due upon registration; non-refundable

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