We The People with Connect Plus Access Card

We The People with Connect Plus Access Card

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By Thomas Patterson

  • Copyright: 2013

  • Publication Date: Dec 27 2012

  • ISBN 10: 0077803108

  • ISBN 13: 9780077803100



Increase student performance, student engagement, and critical analysis skills with We the People. This program is available with GinA, an educational game in which student

Increase student performance, student engagement, and critical analysis skills with We the People. This program is available with GinA, an educational game in which students learn American Government by doing, as well as McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart, an adaptive questioning tool proven to increase content comprehension and improve student results. Try our Politics in Practice which uses real-life scenarios to develop students’ critical thinking skills through activities and a written argument.

Unique to this program is a balanced, well-respected author who makes complex topics easy. Tom Patterson is a recognized voice in media who teaches at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. We the People’s strong authorship and market-leading digital products make this an ideal solution to course goals.

  • Language: English – lower case

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 6 x 8

  • Page Count: 0

New Features

  • Government in Action (GinA): the revolutionary new educational video game in which students learn American Government by doing. In GinA students have the ability to run for reelection and pass legislation, touching on every aspect of the course in their attempt to gain political capital.
  • Connect American Government: new to this program, Connect American Governmnet is a web-based assignment and assessment platform that features a number of powerful tools that make managing assignments easier for instructors and learning and studying more engaging and efficient for students. A rich database of assignable and assessable activities, each attached to a learning objective, address a wide variety of student and instructor needs. Instructors can deliver assignments and tests easily online, and students can practice skills that fulfill learning objectives at their own pace and on their own schedule.
  • LearnSmart: available in Connect, this outstanding tool assesses a student’s knowledge of course content through a series of adaptive questions, intelligently pinpointing concepts students do not understand and mapping out a personalized study plan for success. LearnSmart assists students in absorbing foundational concepts, allowing instructors to focus valuable class time introducing higher-level concepts.
  • Party Polarization POLITICAL THINKING IN CONFLICT ;These boxes show the widening gap in the views and actions of Republicans and Democrats and ask you to think about the political implications. The box in Chapter 3 , for example, considers the federal government’s role in health care.
  • Politics in Practice: Students have the opportunity to apply content knowledge and critical thinking skills through Politics in Practice, available within Connect American Government. In these online interactive exercises, students analyze primary sources, public opinion, statistical research, and videos in order to respond to a critical question about American politics. For example, why is voter turnout among the millennial generation so low, and how do groups mobilize these voters to go to the polls? Find out in the role of Junior Assistant of Media Programs assigned to propose a media-based action plan to help Get Out the Vote!
  • Study Corner feature: offers useful aids like “Self-Tests” and a “Participate” section that presents ways to engage with politics and government.

Key Features

  • Political Thinking: demonstrates how to apply a political thinking tool--a concept or principle--to formulate a better understanding and accurate evaluation of a political event. The concepts students learn in We the People are not only appropriate for an understanding of everyday politics, but they are indispensible for comprehending their full meaning and impact. Applying them to American political life exercises a student's ability to connect them directly to the world.
  • Timely coverage that challenges students' assumptions. From the very first page’s reference to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey on Americans’ attitudes and knowledge about the health care reform bill, Patterson hooks students on the material with timely and relevant examples. Political thinking features such as “Debating the issues” and question-based prompts to political thinking also challenge students to evaluate their own opinions and assumptions on these issues of the day.
  • How the United States Differ: These comparisons between the US and foreign countries encourage students to think outside our borders to reflect more broadly on our national political priorities by comparing them to those of other democracies. How students learn to explain these differences will lead them to finer and more nuanced interpretations of American politics.
  • How the 50 States Differ. These features in each chapter underscore the important effect that the differences between states has on the character of our national politics. As united as these United States certainly are, the differences between the states speaks volumes about the politics we confront on a daily basis. Whether red states and blue states, death penalty states or direct referendum states, the character of our differences contributes to our understanding of ourselves.






Preface xvii | Supplements Package xxi | Acknowledgments xxii

    PART 1 Foundations

  1. Political Thinking and Political Culture: Becoming a Responsible Citizen
  2. Constitution

Table of Contents

Preface xvii | Supplements Package xxi | Acknowledgments xxii

    PART 1 Foundations

  1. Political Thinking and Political Culture: Becoming a Responsible Citizen
  2. Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government
  3. Federalism: Forging a Nation
  4. Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights
  5. Equal Rights: Struggling toward Fairness

    PART 2 Mass Politics

  6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People’s Voice
  7. Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will
  8. Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter’s Choice
  9. Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence
  10. The News Media: Communicating Political Images

    PART 3 Governing Institutions

  11. Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests
  12. The Presidency: Leading the Nation
  13. The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government
  14. The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law

    PART 4 Public Policy

  15. Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity
  16. Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need
  17. Foreign Policy: Protecting the American Way



About the Authors

Thomas Patterson

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971. Currently running the Vanishing Voter study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion. His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.