Ch 37: FTCE Middle Grades Social Science: Introduction to American Government

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Find out how what introductory information related to American government will be on the FTCE Middle Grades Social Science Test. Quizzes, with questions similar to the exam, will enable you to self-assess prior to the test.

FTCE Middle Grades Social Science: Introduction to American Government - Chapter Summary

Let us guide you through videos covering the American government topics you need to know for the FTCE Middle Grades Social Science Test. The videos will include the following introductory information on American government:

  • The definition and purpose of government
  • What traditional government is
  • The core principles of American government
  • America's core values
  • How politics play a role in government
  • The rules of American politics
  • What democracy is
  • The three branches of United States' government

Our instructors will brief you on the most essential information about American government included in the FTCE Middle Grades Social Science Test. You will be fully prepared to answer questions focused on everything from forms of governments to American core values.

8 Lessons in Chapter 37: FTCE Middle Grades Social Science: Introduction to American Government
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What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

2. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

The Core Principles of American Government

3. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

4. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

5. Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

In this lesson, we will explore the concept of politics. We will examine the various definitions of the word, take a close look at the role of politics in government, and investigate the conflicts sometimes caused by politics.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

6. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

7. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

8. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

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