The Citizen Bee Guide to American Studies
The Citizen Bee is a national competition for high school students sponsored by the Close Up Foundation. The main guide is a survey of U.S. history, culture, government, economics, and geography addressed to students and designed to prepare them for that competition. The guide is divided into 13 chapters: (1) "The Revolutionary Spirit," (2) "A Nation Emerges," (3) "Triumph of the Nation," (4) "An Era of Reform," (5) "Emergence as a World Power," (6) "The Sixties and After," (7) "The Constitution," (8) "The Legislative Branch," (9) "The Executive Branch," (10) "The Judicial Branch," (11) "The Electoral Process," (12) "Principles and Practice" (concerning economics), and (13) "America's Land and People." Each chapter opens with a short essay followed by 75 to 100 questions on the chapter topic, some of which are based on maps, charts, and graphs. Appendix 1 contains the U.S. Constitution. Appendix 2 points out aspects of U.S. political thought and government that students should be familiar with. A glossary and a 29-item bibliography are also included. Students entering the competition are responsible for knowing all the information presented in the book; they must also read and understand the information in the appendices, locate the 50 states and their capitals on a map of the United States, and locate all nations mentioned in the book on a map of the world. While intended for those entering the competition, the guide could be used by any student studying the United States. The Coordinator's and Teacher's Guide accompanying the student book provides information for coordinating the competition at the school level and for helping students prepare. The rules of the competition are provided and the format is explained. Suggestions are offered regarding activities and learning strategies to help prepare students, and a teaching guide and answer key to all the questions asked in the student's book. (JD)
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