SERIES MADE SIMPLE

What Does a Juror Do?

. 9780766098633. Townsend, Chris. What Does an Officeholder Do? ISBN 9780766098817.ea vol: 48p. (What Does a Citizen Do?). further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Enslow. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $29.26.
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Gr 6–8—The United States is a country born out of protest, petition, and dissent. Core ideals at the heart of our national identity are explored in this well-written series for middle schoolers. While democracy is intended to include all citizens, in the United States that certainly has not been the case. The influence of ancient civilizations on the roots of our government is explored, while the authors describe how our political system has evolved through the centuries to its current state. The obligations that come with citizenship in a representative democracy are highlighted along with the intricacies of certain processes like voting, protesting, jury duty, and military service. For an audience that has yet to be faced with such responsibilities, this set offers an insightful look at how these processes are accomplished and their significance to the common good. The blending of history with civic duty gives a broader picture of what it means to be American and the ideals of self-government.
VERDICT A thorough and engaging look at U.S. history with a civics angle. Medium to large collections will want to consider.

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