Using Exploring Government

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How It Works

Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course that provides a half-year credit in government. Lessons cover federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week.

What the student is to do each week and each day is clearly outlined. The Unit Introduction page gives a brief overview of the unit, the lessons in that unit, and a suggestion for a project that is relevant to that unit.

The purpose of Exploring Government is to educate and inspire your student concerning the government of the United States as well as the governments of the individual states and our local communities. We want to help your student be well-equipped as a Christian citizen after studying this material.

The Exploring Government Curriculum Package includes two books:

  • Exploring Government, with 75 lessons divided into fifteen units of five lessons each.

  • We Hold These Truths, a collection of historic and modern documents, essays, and speeches in American government.

The Student Review Pack includes three books:

  • Student Review, with review questions for each lesson and literary analysis for each biography

  • Quiz and Exam Book, with quiz for each unit and an exam every five units

  • Answer Key, with all the answers needed for the course


Author Ray Notgrass discusses Exploring Government


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The Literature

In addition to providing high school credit in government, your student can use Exploring Government to earn a half-year credit in English. The English component includes reading the following four biographies of American political figures and completing writing assignments.

Exploring Government Literature

  • Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (Units 1-4)
  • The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge (Units 5-6)
  • Born Again by Charles Colson (Units 7-11)
  • God and Ronald Reagan by Paul Kengor (Units 12-15)


Look Inside

Exploring Government

We Hold These Truths

Guide for Parents

Student Review

Quiz and Exam Book

Answer Key


What Parents Are Saying

Easy to Understand

"Easy to understand, gets the point across quickly, and teaches important things every homeschool student should know about economics." (Michigan)

My Son Wants to Be an Economist

"We have used Notgrass Government and Economics curricula and have been very pleased. It's heavy on reading, but really explains the concepts well and makes the student think. My son now wants to be an economist thanks to this curriculum!"

All of It Is Interesting

"I wanted to encourage anyone contemplating using this curriculum with your kids to go ahead and dive in. Definitely have your students read [the primary sources and articles]. All of it is interesting. We and our kids should understand the idea of economics. This course is informative and painless." (Texas)


"One thing we love the most about your curriculum is how thought-provoking it is. Rather than just throwing a bunch of info at the student for them to memorize, your studies require them to think for themselves and develop opinions on issues based on the historical facts and Biblical truths you provide." (Illinois)




About the Author

Ray Notgrass is a veteran homeschooling father who holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degrees in history and New Testament. 

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