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Ch 28: PLACE Elementary Education: Government

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Review information about types of government and political systems. These video lessons and quizzes will help prepare you for the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Government - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons reinforce your current knowledge and may introduce you to new facts about American government. These lessons review government levels, principles and laws. After completing your review, you should feel confident about answering questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam related to:

  • Explaining different definitions of government
  • Relating government's core principles
  • Identifying different forms of government
  • Detailing types of political systems
  • Comparing various types of world governments
  • Describing state and local government responsibilities
  • Providing information about laws and ordinances at the federal, state and local levels
  • Listing the steps involved for U.S. naturalization

While brief, the lessons cover all the topics you could be tested on when taking the PLACE Elementary Education exam. In addition, you can assess what you have learned before taking the exam by accessing the quizzes accompanying each lesson.

PLACE Elementary Education: Government Chapter Objectives

Those seeking a teacher's license in Colorado must first pass a PLACE exam. These exams are used to measure the knowledge and instructional capabilities of potential K-12 teachers. The Elementary Education exam is an initial licensure test that must be taken by all aspiring K-5 teachers in order to demonstrate their proficiency in math, science, social studies, literacy/language arts, humanities and wellness & physical education. A score of 220 is considered a passing score for this PLACE exam.

The Government chapter provides an easy but thorough way to review forms of government as well as government responsibilities and characteristics. These types of questions are found in the PLACE Elementary Education exam's Social Studies subsection. The exam is paper-administered and contains multiple-choice questions.

11 Lessons in Chapter 28: PLACE Elementary Education: Government
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

The Core Principles of American Government

2. 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.

Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

3. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

The governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. This lesson will differentiate five forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.

Political System: Types & Definition

4. Political System: Types & Definition

How many different ways can human societies organize their governments? In this lesson, we'll examine some common political systems used throughout history and see how they compare.

Comparing Government Structures & Political Systems

5. Comparing Government Structures & Political Systems

How do we really compare different governments? Some have kings and some have presidents. But wait, some have prime ministers. Luckily, political scientists have a structure to compare governments, as this lesson shows.

National Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Powers

6. National Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Powers

Learn about the two basics types of national government, and see how each works with regional governments. When you're finished, take the quiz to see what you've learned.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

7. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

8. 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.

Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences

9. Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences

In the United States, people are subject to the powers of several governmental units. Citizens must comply with federal, state and local laws - all at the same time. This lesson explores the definitions and differences between federal, state and local laws.

Globalization & Politics

10. Globalization & Politics

The term 'globalization' gets tossed about quite a lot, but what exactly does it mean? In this lesson, you'll learn what globalization is and how it can affect states and their citizens. We'll also discuss the North-South gap. A quiz follows.

US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

11. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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