This course is designed to allow you to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. Young citizens need a practical understanding of the systems of government and economics that directly impact their lives. This course is designed to provide such a framework. Students will develop an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy, the practices of American government as established under the Constitution and as carried out today, and basic concepts of American politics and citizenship. Topics of study will include: the origins of American government, the Constitution, Federalism, the three Branches of Government, the Media and Public Opinion, Campaigns and Elections, and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Key Supreme Court decisions will be analyzed and discussed in terms of their impact on the lives of all Americans. During the second semester, important concepts in economics and personal finance will also be covered: the US economic system, Goods and Services, Personal Finances, Economic Challenges, and Career Choices. This course will include an emphasis on current events and issues rather than just a theoretical look at these topics.
Students will need to bring a charged chromebook to class each day. The majority of our in-class work and assignments will be generated using students school issued chromebooks. Graded assignments will be submitted via Schoology. Students will need to have a dedicated notebook that they bring to class each day. Students will us the textbook “Prentice Hall Civics” by Davis, Fernlund and Woll. Students will have access to a class set of books and will not need to bring this text home.
The course will be graded on an “all total points” basis. There will be homework some nights, which will be critical not only for your grade but also for your ability to participate effectively in class discussion. It is critical that you come to class prepared every day, as you can expect to be called on daily. Your ability to contribute will depend on you doing your homework. There will be a quiz at the end of each chapter and a test at the end of each unit.
I will maintain a calendar on Schoology with all assignments and quiz or test dates. Because of this, you will be expected to keep up with your assignments even when absent. This will be the primary means of communicating class news, changes of assignments, etc. You are expected to check Schoology on a daily basis. Textbook Your textbook is primarily to be used for homework. You will need to access Schoology for all assignments. All of the articles and handouts that I used to print and distribute on paper will now be accessed online. You will submit all homework via Schoology (all regular nightly homework, that is: projects or other special assignments may have different directions). If I am ever absent, I will normally communicate your daily assignment via Schoology. You should also have a set of earbuds with you—there will be times when I ask you to view a video on your Chromebook and use earbuds for the audio.