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Overview of Government & Citizenship - Chapter Summary
Our expert instructors present an overview of government and citizenship in this engaging chapter. You'll study the purpose and different types of government, plus significant United States government documents. This chapter is intended to assist you as you complete these objectives:
- Outline important U.S. historical documents and democratic ideals
- Define the principles of democracy
- Identify the responsibilities and federal controls associated with state government
- Provide a definition of local government and the challenges that it faces
- Explain rule of law and its principles
- Discuss civic duty and see some examples of this concept
- Explore civic participation with examples
- Use strategies and activities to teach kids about economics and government
You can take your time as you work through the lessons we've included here, going back to review any of these concepts over again as needed. Our printable transcripts make helpful offline study guides that highlight the key concepts from the lessons. Before taking your test or moving on in the chapter, take the lesson quizzes. They provide a great way to assess your understanding and identify any weaker knowledge you might have in certain areas.
1. Government: Definition, Purpose & Types
In this lesson, you will explore the concept and forms of government and discover how different types of government use and control their power. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Significant Documents of the U.S. Government
The U.S. government is well-defined by certain documents. In this lesson we'll explore a few documents that define the government's shape and power, as well as its ideology.
3. U.S. Historical Documents & Democratic Ideals
While much of what makes America is an idea, that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of concrete documents around, too. This lesson tells the story of four of those documents.
4. 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.
5. State Government: Organization, Responsibilities & Federal Controls
In this lesson, you will explore the balance of power between the federal government and state governments and discover how state governments operate. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. Illinois State Government: Structure & Operation
Every US state has its own government, and in this lesson we're going to see what Illinois' is like, including the various branches of this government and their respective responsibilities.
7. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
8. What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle
Rule of law takes on several meanings. On one hand, it means that no person or government is above the law. In another, it means that no government or its officials can enforce laws that are unfair or unjust.
9. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples
Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.
10. What Is Civic Participation? - Definition & Examples
This lesson discusses the importance of community involvement. Examples of different types of civic participation are included to help you understand ways we can be active in our communities. After the lesson, take a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
11. Teaching Kids Government & Economics: Strategies & Activities
The ideas and concepts behind government and economics can be made accessible even to young learners. This lesson will detail some strategies and activities you can use to introduce these concepts to your students.
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