How Do We Elect Our Leaders?

How Do We Elect Our Leaders?

by William David Thomas
     
 

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My American Government brings social studies to life through a series of fact-filled, exciting books that introduce students to how our government works. Engaging analogies provide insights into the origins and functions of government as well as offer a fresh perspective on the work done by the framers more than 200 years ago.

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My American Government brings social studies to life through a series of fact-filled, exciting books that introduce students to how our government works. Engaging analogies provide insights into the origins and functions of government as well as offer a fresh perspective on the work done by the framers more than 200 years ago.

Special Features Include: Content correlated to NCSS and state curriculum standards, Engaging sidebars that build upon concepts introduced in text, Easy-to-read diagrams, maps, charts, and time lines, Primary source quotations, Vivid color photographs and historical images, Glossary of key terms, Sources of further information.

Almost any adult American citizen can run for public office and be chosen as a government leader. In this volume, students explore how we elect our government leaders, from the president of the United States and members of Congress to state governors and local mayors. Readers get a close-up look at the presidential race to the White House that takes place every four years and the role that primaries, nominating conventions, debates, and the Electoral College play in the election process.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
A story about Ronald Reagan during the New Hampshire primary season introduces this entry in Gareth Stevens' "My American Government" series. While a cute story, it does not carry through as an understandable analogy like other introductions in this series. The book nonetheless effectively discusses our electoral process for national, state, and local leaders. Primaries, conventions, debates, and the Electoral College are covered. Thomas includes interesting sidebars about how animals came to be symbols for the two major parties, gerrymandering, women voting and holding office, the importance of voting, and more. The clean font and well-placed, informative color photos (some are very current) also help draw in the reader in. There is an excellent glossary and index as well as well-chosen, age-appropriate books and web sites for further information. A good amount of information is packed into this slim book, making it a good choice for those ready for more than mere basics. Reviewer: Peg Glisson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836888652
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
My American Government Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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