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Introduction to U.S. Government (Second Semester)

From: $110.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 8th and up

Live class: Wednesdays 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: January 9th-May 1st

Price: $299

Instructor: Nate Gilbert

Instructor email: nathanielgilbert@hotmail.com

 

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Course Description

Course Description: The course objective is to introduce students to the principles behind the United States’ government and political institutions and to enable the students to interact with various viewpoints. Students will understand the historical development of our current political situation, analyze the political process, and describe how various political groups function today.  The goal is for students to become familiar with public policies, our Constitutional underpinnings, and political behavior in our society.  Students should then be able to appropriately apply their understanding to evaluate how just and appropriate various political actions are.

 

The course will be very engaging, including group discussions and activities.  Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions in the on-line classroom.  Students will also have weekly homework assignments, which will reinforce and expand upon the classroom discussions.  This course will serve as a prerequisite to a possible future AP US Government and Politics course.

 

Some weekly course concepts include:

– What is legitimate government and how did the Founders envision it?

– What different types of federalism have been debated and utilized in American government?

– The three branches of national government (their functions, original design and current practices)

– Political parties and their role in American government

– How does policy making occur?  What is the role of the bureaucracy?

– The Constitution and the limits it places on government activities

– How does the media shape perceptions?

– America’s role in the world (past and present)

There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class.

Required Texts

There is an estimated 3-4 hours of work per week outside of the live class.

I will provide online links or electronic copies of required texts/passages.

Reviews

  1. Jon Adler

    Mr. Gilbert was one my favorite high school teachers. He had a great knowledge and love for what he taught. He challenged me to see and understand the larger picture beyond just memorizing facts.

  2. Jocelyn

    I was very impressed with Mr. Gilbert! My 12 year old dd wrote a review “I really like this teacher because, he is very thorough and makes sure that you know the subject before you move on. He is very nice, and he explains the topic simply so you understand. He taught me this class even though I was the only one there. He is a good teacher and I believe that I will be taking some future classes with him.” If he offers more classes She will definitely attend!

  3. A.J.

    Mr. Gilbert is an enjoyable teacher to take classes with. He is calm, relaxed, and knowledgeable. He covers a good amount of content, and he asks lots of questions to keep the students involved and thoughtfully interacting with what they’re learning.

  4. Tracy J. (verified owner)

    I was very impressed with the material and content of the course. It was not busy work, but a carefully designed and well thought out curriculum. My middle school daughter was a bit overwhelmed at the start of the class. But, Mr Gilbert was very patient and fair. By the end of the class, my daughter had gained confidence and started to excel. I would definitely recommend this course and others taught by Mr Gilbert.

  5. Tammie Martin (verified owner)

    My son took two of Mr. Gilbert’s classes —Intro to Government and Intro to Economics. He was challenged and grew as a student and thinker in both classes. The format and layout of these classes is excellent —students are required to do assignments that demonstrate mastery and application of the material taught. Mr. Gilbert also grades homework quickly, gives great feedback, and positively engages the students in class discussions. 5 stars!!

  6. J.E.

    Your class was one of my daughter’s favorites. She found it very interesting and loved your teaching style. She will be graduating so she won’t be able to take Econ with you. We definitely would have taken it with you had we found you sooner.

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Instructor Bio

Nate Gilbert

Nate Gilbert graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a B.A. degree in secondary social studies education. Since then he has taught and tutored many students, primarily in the subjects of history and English. Nate has worked in a variety of settings, such as teaching in Beijing, China, and purchasing for a manufacturing company. He now likes to utilize his passion for economics and government to teach online classes that stimulate his students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of society.

Mr. Gilbert also assists his wife in homeschooling their children. His hobbies include reading, mostly philosophy and children’s stories, and being outside. As a family, the Gilberts enjoy gardening, hiking, and time together. They are involved in their local community and church fellowship.

Email: nathanielgilbert@hotmail.com

All classes taught by Nate Gilbert