Ben’s Guide to the Government

Ben’s Guide to the Government: 6-8



This government website houses a collection of reference information and activities about the government broken down by grade level. Ben Franklin serves as a cartoon guide to the website, posing on each page and illustrating elements. There are pages that discuss certain elements of government, a glossary of terms, games and activities (both online and to print out for offline use), and links to other relevant sites.


Quantitative Summary:

Readability Formula        Grade

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level          7.4

Gunning-Fog Score         10.2

Coleman-Liau Index        7.9

SMOG Index      8.3

Automated Readability Index     6.7

Average Grade Level      8.1


Qualitative Summary:

This website is great for basic facts about government working, broken down into age appropriate reading sections. As a .gov website, it is a reliable reference resource for students to use in research projects. The readability score seemed to rate some information sections as being more complex textually than other.




State Curriculum

Social Studies

1.0 CONTENT STANDARD: POLITICAL SCIENCE‐ Students will understand the historical development and current status of the fundamental concepts and processes of authority, power, and influence, with particular emphasis on the democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.


7.B.2 Analyze the importance of civic participation as a citizen of the world

a. Analyze the relevancy of sources and perspectives of information such as internet sites and online newspapers


Grade 6-8

A. Read to Learn and Construct Meaning about Social Studies

1. Use appropriate strategies and opportunities to increase understandings of social studies vocabulary

a. Acquire and apply new vocabulary through investigating, listening, independent reading and discussing a variety of print and non-print sources

b. Identify and use new vocabulary acquired through study of relationships to prior knowledge and experiences

c. Use context clues to understand new social studies vocabulary

d. Use new vocabulary in speaking and writing to gain and extend content knowledge and clarify expression

E. Organize Social Studies Information

1. Organize information from non-print sources

a. Prioritize information gathered according to importance and relevance

b. Distinguish factual from fictional information

c. Find relationships among gathered information

d. Display information on various types of graphic organizers, maps, and charts

e. Summarize information obtained from surveys and field work