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Magruder's American Government

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Trusted and authoritative, Magruder's American Government ©2010 sets the new standard through an engaging narrative, integrated Essential Questions, cutting edge technology and updated reading support.

Essential Questions
Guided by Grant Wiggins, co-author of Understanding by Design, instruction and assessment are organized around an Essential Question that explores the big ideas of American Government.

Exciting new technology
Rich digital learning support for the Online Student Center includes Government on the Go Audio and Video resources, interactive assessment, two levels of online Student Editions, and more! With the Online Teacher Center, teachers can easily access two levels of online Teacher Editions as well as online planning and assessment, lecture notes, and easy-to-use classroom management tools.

Differentiated teaching resources
Teachers can quickly choose from among the many leveled, editable, teaching worksheets and assessment resources found on the Resource Library CD-ROM and within the Online Teacher Center that have been especially written to meet the needs of students reading below grade level.


Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University and his B. A. from St. John's College in Annapolis. Grant consults with schools, districts and state education departments on a variety of reform matters; organizes conferences and workshops; and develops print materials and Web resources on curricular change. He is the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design and The Understanding By Design Handbook, the award-winning and highly successful materials on curriculum published by ASCD. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Dan M. Shea Ph.D. - Program Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Oswego, Daniel M. Shea received his Master of Arts degree in Campaign Management from the University of West Florida. He then worked as regional coordinator for the New York State Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. He returned to graduates school and by 1993 received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

William A. McClenaghan
Professor Emeritus Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon

William A. McClenaghan is a Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University, where he taught for 45 years. A student of Frank Magruder's, he began work on the book in the summers of 1946, 1947, and 1948. He assumed authorship in 1949 and updated the text yearly since that time, continuing the tradition of excellence and dedication to civic education begun by Frank Magruder almost 100 years ago.

Jane Wilcox Smith
Jane Wilcox Smith received her Master of Arts in teaching as a reading specialist from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She taught basic reading skills at the Schenck School in Atlanta, and remedial English and reading skills at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia. She serves on Emory University s Woodruff Library s Special Collection Board.

Carol Sullivan
Carol Sullivan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jersey State College of New Jersey. She taught at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia, in the content areas of English, social Studies, vocational skills, and science. She also taught special education at Sandburg Middle School in E

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