Instead of waiting until after the homeschool year is over, I wanted to share a few posts featuring new-to-us curriculum choices. We have only been using this book for a few weeks, but so far I love it. Stick around and see if we end up continuing to like it!
I have decided to use the book For Which We Stand for my 8th-grade daughter.
Info From the Publisher
Now more than ever, it’s so important for everyone to understand our government: where it came from, how it works, and how we can bring about change. And, after all, in the words of author and government teacher Jeff Foster, “If you don’t participate, you can’t complain.”
This book is a comprehensive and entertaining guide that answers questions like:
- What is the Constitution?
- What are the branches of the government?
- What is the Electoral College?
- What are the political parties?
- What are the different responsibilities of the city, state, and federal governments?
Plus, discover the complete backstory on some of our government’s most important moments, like why we wrote the Declaration of Independence, and how people since then have worked with and protested against the government to improve the lives of all Americans.
Each spread features a mix of black-and-white and full-color art, including infographics, charts, maps, political caricatures, and other engaging visual elements that will be fun and easy for kids to understand. Includes a foreword from Yolanda Renee King, an activist and the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, plus lots of amazing back matter about how kids can participate and get involved.
Why I Chose For Which We Stand
My daughter has been asking questions about government and I wanted something discussion based to use with her this year that felt more like a book rather than a TEXTbook. After some searching, I came across this book. I got a digital copy from our library (via Libby) to be sure I liked it and then I ordered it from Amazon.
A Video Walkthrough
You can see a video walkthrough here to get a feel for the inside of the book, and hear more of my thoughts: