Mr. Slonaker

Social Studies Teacher

I have been a private school educator since 2008 when I began teaching at Madison Christian. I have taught a wide variety of Social Studies courses during this time ranging from grades 7-12. I have a B.A. in Youth Ministry & Bible/Theology from Ohio Christian University and an M.A. in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


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American Government examines the principles and mechanics of our democracy.  The course underscores the responsibilities of Christian citizenship within American society.  Topics include:  the U. S. Constitution, the branches of government, political parties, elections, pressure groups, foreign policy, and the Bill of Rights (with special attention given to civil liberties). 



  1. Principles of Government
  2. Origins of American Government
  3. The Constitution
  4. Federalism
  5. Political Parties
  6. Voters & Voter Behavior
  7. The Electoral Process
  8. Mass Media & Public Opinion
  9. Interest Groups
  10. Congress
  11. Powers of Congress
  12. Congress in Action
  13. The Presidency
  14. The Presidency in Action
  15. Government at Work: The Bureaucracy 
  16. Financing Government
  17. Foreign Policy & National Defense
  18. The Federal Court System
  19. Civil Liberties: First Amendment Freedoms
  20. Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights

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