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Ch 20: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Democratic Government

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In this chapter you will have the opportunity to reinforce your understanding of different historical documents that outline the concept of a democratic government, government principles and election processes. Use these brief lessons to help you get ready for related questions on the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Democratic Government - Chapter Summary

View the lessons of this chapter to improve your understanding of some of the historical documents that influenced American democracy as well as the core principles of the United States' government. Start your review for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam by watching our professional instructors in a series of short, engaging and mobile-device-friendly lesson videos as they discuss:

  • Evolution of American democracy from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence
  • History of the Mayflower Compact and the Federalist Papers
  • Liberty, self-government and equality
  • The Rule of Law
  • Importance of the checks and balances system
  • Role of the electoral and party systems
  • Electoral processes
  • Campaign finance sources and regulations

Following your completion of these lessons, take the quizzes to test your understanding of the material presented. You can return to main points in the lessons to review topics you don't understand and improve your mastery over the material. The video timelines have a jump feature that lets you skip over the topics you've already mastered. You can also read over the lesson transcripts that highlight key terms in bold.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Democratic Government Objectives

The Washington Educator Skills Tests-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities is used to measure your mastery over middle-grades-level language arts and social studies topics in preparation for teacher licensure. This computer-based certification exam is composed of two subtests, each with a series of 55 multiple-choice questions. When you sign up for this certification exam, you have the choice to take it in a single 2.5-hour testing session or two 1.25-hour testing sessions. Of the questions on the second test, 34% will ask you about topics of civics and economics, including some questions about the ideals of the U.S. government and their origins.

11 Lessons in Chapter 20: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Democratic Government
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From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

1. From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

In this lesson, we will trace the legacy of democratic ideals from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence. We will highlight the key developments of democracy throughout the Medieval period and into the modern age.

Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

2. Mayflower Compact: Definition, Summary & History

The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document in what is now the United States. It even helped establish the direct election of representatives in the colonies that eventually carried over to the new nation! Learn what the Compact was about and why it was necessary.

The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

3. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.

The Core Principles of American Government

4. 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

5. 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.

What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

6. 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.

System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples

7. System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples

This lesson will cover the system of checks and balances that exist among the three branches of the federal government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for understanding.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

8. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

9. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

10. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

11. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.

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