Interface rating: 3 Only problem I saw: there are 2 versions of this book in OpenStax. Chapter objectives, appealing graphics and photos, glossaries of 'key terms,' recommended reading, summaries, and quizzes are some of the text features that make this inviting. And the text generally attempts to present its material in a balanced and unbiased way, presenting several perspectives on controversial issues. The book includes internal links to all notes and figures within the text, and also external web links where relevant. I would like the links available, but not mixed in with the text.
For instructors, SmartBook tracks student progress and provides insights that guide teaching strategies and advanced instruction, for a more dynamic class experience. The book is actually slightly longer and denser than other texts I have assigned for an introductory course in American. Some of the pages could use a little more color to add some pop. It seems to be equal to any 'standard' Am Gov text. That might help to draw students into the material earlier in the semester, that is if you teach the chapters in order.
I appreciate the spacing of the material, and think that it makes it very clear and readable. I do find, however, the text to be more densely worded than preferable. I like to 'build' my curriculum from a variety of sources; this book could provide a foundation. Our first national government, created by the Articles of Confederation, proved to be too weak. Interest Groups as Political Participation 3. Wilson, a Republican, has chaired and participated in numerous task forces and commissions, and was awarded the by president George W.
Students can review electoral turnout over time or contemplate how demographic shifts in the American population will impact future elections. Grammatical Errors rating: 5 No issues. Within each of the chapters, there are sections which provide clear learning objectives, summaries, key terms, and opportunities for assessment with multiple-choice and short-response review questions. Each module is self-contained with its own summaries, key terms, assessments, and suggestions for further study. They also see how private individuals can sometimes influence government decision-making. The uniqueness of the American system is rarely mentioned e.
They also look at factors for evaluating candidates, such as qualifications, experience, positions on issues, performance in public debates, and the content of political advertisements. It also does a great job bringing in marginalized or minority voices. They also learn about the rights that belong to citizens alone, such as the right to vote. Consistency rating: 5 No issues there. Landmark cases and events bring history alive.
However, I believe that the chapter on Bureaucracy Chapter 15 would be better placed after the discussion of the Presidency Chapter 12. Clarity rating: 5 The canonical terms of introductory American Government are present and defined adequately. Comments The next time I teach American politics, I will definitely use this text. This is not a pervasive problem, however but an occasional one. This was an early indication of the accuracy of the textbook. Cultural Relevance rating: 5 The text is culturally sensitive and consistently makes use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. Interface rating: 5 I'm seeing paragraph errors on my machine, but that may be unique to me.
Table of Contents Preface 1. For additional workshops with innovative instructional strategies for using this resource, please contact our authorized providers of professional development, Steve Beasley or Sherry Owens of s3strategies, at 806 407-5354. These subjects were covered using terminology that was timely and clear. They also learn about several later amendments to the U. What Are Civil Rights and How Do We Identify Them? Federal Election Commission, and Obergefell v. Would hope a new edition will be forthcoming over the next year or so? However, there were some paragraphs, that were a bit wordy and I am concerned that at times the author may lose the student due to this wordiness.
It is as accurate as any standard, mainstream textbook on American government. I sometimes worry that textbooks I use are hard for students to understand. Unfortunately, I found the hyperlinks within the text to be a bit distracting. How is the President of the United States elected? Click on the image below to access a demonstration of this feature. This book would be easy to update as changes occur.