American Government and Politics – Early Semester


    “Discovering the foundations of the American political system is a thrilling journey that will broaden your knowledge and understanding of how our government works!”
    ~ Prof. Alex



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    American Capitol Building - American Government and Politics
    Novice EducatorProf. Alex Koehler
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM Pacific - 8/14/24 - 10/11/24

    American Government and Politics is a course designed to introduce elementary and middle school level students to the fundamental principles and institutions of the American political system.

    In this course, students will learn about the structure and functions of the federal government, including the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the three branches of government. They will also learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and about the various levels of government (federal, state, and local) and how they interact with each other. The course will involve both class discussions and hands-on activities, such as conducting mock elections and simulations of the legislative process.

    By the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the American political system and their role as citizens within it.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read the weekly assignment in the course textbook.
    • Watch 1-2 videos about the weekly subject.
    • Respond to 1-2 forum prompts — writing at least one five-sentence paragraph for each.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • An extra forum to continue learning.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 4th-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • The Everything American Government Book: From the Constitution to Present-Day Elections, All You Need to Understand Our Democratic System
    • ISBN-10: 1593370555
    • ISBN-13: 978-1593370558