The Constitution and American Government
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The Constitution and American Government

History, Government, and Civics in the United States
4.1 (4 ratings)
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43 students enrolled
Created by James Fester
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what the Constitution says and how it outlines the structure of the our government. Students will also be able to speak with authority about the three branches of government and their responsibilities, the history of the U.S. leading up to the Constitution, and how the Bill of Rights protects your freedoms.
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Requirements
  • An interest in learning more about the government of the United States, its history, and its Constitution
Description

Let me ask you a questions.; When some says the word government, what generally happens soon after?

In today’s political climate, it seems almost impossible to get accurate, unbiased information about the principles that formed our nation’s system of government without starting a fight.

This course will talk all about the creation of the constitution using actual quotes from the very men who wrote it. It’ll guide you through each part of the constitution article by article and explain to you how this document lays out the foundation for our government and its function. It will also go through each of the 27 amendments to the constitution, telling you all about how the affect you personally.

Think of this course like a grand tour of our nation and its most important places. During it you’ll visit the battlefields of the American Revolution, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, The capitol, white house, and the Supreme Court, and to the archives where the bill of rights and amendments sit today.

This course was originally designed for teachers looking to pass their government requirements or for candidates for citizenship, but it's also great for students studying for the AP exam, and of course anyone who wants to learn more about our nation and its history!

I hope you’ll consider taking this course, and also hope you enjoy taking it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to know what the Constitution actually says and how it outlines how our government is supposed to work.
  • People interested in their rights as protected by the Constitution.
  • People studying for their citizenship test
  • AP students looking for study material
  • People who want to one-up that one guy at work who won't stop talking about politics.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
03:29:10
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Prelude to the Constitution
4 Lectures 55:47

The Articles of Confederation
09:07

The Call for a Convention
11:34

The Constitutional Convention
17:37

This quiz covers the historical background leading up to the writing of the Constitution 

Section 1 Quiz
4 questions
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We The People : The Preamble
1 Lecture 13:42
We The People : The Preamble
13:42
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"A Congress of the United States..." The Legislative Branch
2 Lectures 26:32
"A Congress of the United States..." The Legislative Branch
15:06

"A Congress of the United States..." The Legislative Branch
11:26
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"Vested in a President" The Executive Branch
2 Lectures 24:12
"Vested in a President" The Executive Branch
12:05

"Vested in a President" The Executive Branch, Part 2
12:07
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"The Judicial Power..." The Judical Branch
1 Lecture 12:23
"The Judicial Power..." The Judical Branch
12:23

The quiz covers the Preamble and the three branches of the federal government

Section 2-5 Quiz
4 questions
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"Full Faith and Credit..." Article IV
1 Lecture 13:13
"Full Faith and Credit..." Article IV
13:13
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"Shall propose Amendments" Article V
1 Lecture 07:32
"Shall propose Amendments" Article V
07:32
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"All debts..and engagements.." Article VI
1 Lecture 04:42
"All debts..and engagements.." Article VI
04:42
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Ratification: Article VII
1 Lecture 12:52
Ratification: Article VII
12:52

This quiz covers Articles 4-7 of the Constitution

Section 6-9 Quiz
4 questions
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The Bill of Rights
2 Lectures 26:57
The Bill of Rights
13:52

The Bill of Rights, Part II
13:05
1 More Section
About the Instructor
James Fester
4.4 Average rating
41 Reviews
262 Students
2 Courses
Educator and Historian

James Fester earned a B.A. in history from Cal State Long Beach and holds a teaching certificates in California. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has taught history to people of all ages for over 16 years. For the last 10 years he has taught U.S. History as a public school teacher. Currently, he works as a teacher coach helping teachers who are new to the profession begin their career successfully. In addition to teaching and developing blended-learning curriculum for K-12 schools, he has volunteered as an interpreter for both California State Parks, National Parks, and the County of San Diego.

In addition to his work in the classroom, he is a technology trainer and consultant who has presented to educators across the United States on topics ranging from Google Apps, Project-Based Learning, and many other topics. He is Google Certified, a Common Sense Media Digital Ambassador, an Apple Teacher, and is currently service as president of the NorthBay chapter of CUE.

When he's not in the classroom, James works as a guide for a company specializing in using our nation's national parks as science classrooms. He's led students from multiple states into parks like Yellowstone, Shenandoah, and Grand Teton.

He also writes on a number of topics relating to history and technology. Currently, he is developing a podcast on historic landmarks in California and across the U.S.