The U.S. Constitution
From the Set How America Works
Learn how the U.S. Constitution established the American government and what this document means for modern Americans. Additional features to aid comprehension include fact-filled captions and sidebars, detailed photographs, informational diagrams, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author.
- Creating a Country
- The Preamble and Articles
- To Learn More
- About the Author
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.7|
|Guided Reading Level||V|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||24, 24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Historical photographs|
A Review of "How America Works" in School Library Connection
This social studies series for juveniles gives insight into the foundations of the U.S. and the workings of our government. Each book has the same format, featuring four chapters, vocabulary words highlighted in the text, and a ‘To Learn More’ page at the end of the book. Each of the three branches of government is explored in depth, and important documents are examined. The large font, wide line spacing, and generous margins contribute to the visual appeal. The historical photographs, illustrations, sidebars, and infographics will also appeal to students. This series would be a great addition to a library or classroom or as textbooks for a remedial reader group in junior to senior high school levels. Additional Resources. Glossary. Index. Table of Contents. Websites
A Review of "How America Works" in School Library Journal
With 24 pages per book, these titles are brief. Even so, elegant design and substantive content make them strong contenders. Each one tackles a specific component of U.S. government and describes, in brief, the influences and other formative issues surrounding it. For instance, in How the Government Works, the author explains that even though the original 13 colonies technically rebelled against Great Britain, they still borrowed ideas from the British government when forming their own. Contemporary aspects of each subject are described as well, such as the ongoing debate about the merits and demerits of the electoral college in How Elections Work. The nature of how the U.S. government is structured means that some content overlaps (the need for a constitutional convention is described in The Bill of Rights and The U.S. Constitution), but not so much that one title can be overlooked when ordering. The illustrations are a solid balance of archival paintings, maps, photographs, and graphics. VERDICT Just in time for the election season, a great primer for U.S. government classes.
A Review of "How America Works" in Booklist
The How America Works series examines foundational elements of the U.S. government at a level appropriate for upper-elementary readers. This volume introduces the U.S. Constitution by first describing why the country’s founders felt it was needed, the events of the 1787 constitutional convention, and the Constitution’s ratification. Having ensured that readers understand the purpose of this document, the book then supplies a simple, clearly worded breakdown of its three parts: the Preamble, articles, and amendments. Lusted does an impressive job of explaining how the U.S. government works as she walks readers through its creation, as laid out by the Constitution, effectively describing its three branches and built-in system of checks and balances. The clean design nicely balances white space with the text, color illustrations, and fact boxes. A Constitution time line and government chart will help students grasp key dates and concepts, while the shorter sentences and textual repetition make it accessible to struggling readers. This unassuming title succeeds splendidly in relating the Constitution’s history, raison d’ђtre, and continued importance in protecting American’s liberties today.
Author: Marcia Amidon Lusted
Marcia Amidon Lusted is the author of more than 100 books and 500 magazine articles for young readers. She is also a writing instructor and an editor. Visit her at www.adventuresinnonfiction.com.