"Governing the Commonwealth" provides middle-school students
with an introduction to Virginia's government: its structure,
processes, powers, and scope. The middle-school civics curriculum
requires teachers to cover Virginia's government, and there has not
been a useful text to do this until now.
Robert Dudley has written an accessible guide to Virginia's
government that not only covers the overall structure but also
provides information about Virginia's constitution and the history
of the people and the land. Each chapter includes two highlighted
sections--"Why It Matters" and "How It's Done in the Other
States"--that allow students to deepen their understanding and make
comparisons to other locations. Amy Smith, a veteran Fairfax County
Public Schools teacher, assisted the author with this book to
ensure that it would be understood by the students and that it
covered current Virginia Standards of Learning requirements.
In addition, Smith prepared a teacher's guide to assist all
teachers--especially new ones--with the process of implementing the
text in the classroom. For each chapter, the teacher's guide
includes a general overview, chapter objectives, in-class
activities, and much more. This book will be useful to all middle
schools in Virginia, homeschoolers, and the general public,
including aspiring citizens looking for a basic introduction to
Virginia's government, how it works, and its historical
Distributed for George Mason University Press
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