Fall Semester 2009
Rooms 312 (1st hour), 316 (2nd hour) firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of American government, the American political process and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. It is a one semester course offered primarily to senior students. The course is designed to meet the state standards in social studies in the area of government, is a required course for graduation from high schools within the Mpls. Public Schools, and will help prepare students for a college level government course. Additionally, this course also serves to create more informed citizens who are prepared to experience the challenges and joys that come from being an actively involved citizen. The following are topics that will be addressed in this course:
At the end of the course student should be able to:
? Unit and/or end of chapter tests.
? Announced or unannounced quizzes.
? End of quarter exam.
? Individual and group projects.
? Presentation of student work
? Journal writing.
? Position paper
? Research paper.
? There will be daily warm-ups at the start of every class. Begin on them as soon as class starts and complete them in a timely manner. All of the warm-ups must be kept together in a folder. You will have a quiz based on your warm-ups every two weeks
? Daily assignments will consist of taking notes, chapter assignments, media research, power point presentations, written work, small group work, short answer essays, class discussions and individual and group projects.
? Read assigned text and be prepared to actively participate in class discussions based on the reading.
? Successfully complete all assigned work.
? Plan to spend several hours a week on homework and test preparation.
? Review and reflect upon notes and completed assignments. This is a good study habit that will help you to retain information, prepare for tests and prepare you for college.
Ø Follow all school-wide rules, including no cell phones, electronics, language, dress code, food and academic honesty will be enforced in this class.
Ø Come to class on time everyday. School attendance and tardy policies will be adhered to.
Ø Late students must have a late pass in order to enter the classroom.
Ø Bring all necessary materials to class every day: Textbook, notebook, pen/pencil, warm-up folder.
Ø Come to class prepared to learn and ready to work hard. Be your best and always do your best.
Ø Turn in assignments on time.
Ø Your work should be your work and not copied or completed by someone else. Falsified work will not be accepted and result in zero points for all involved individuals for that assignment.
Ø Students are not allowed to have food or drinks outside of the cafeteria.
Ø Be respectful towards yourself, others and property. Clean up after yourself.
Grading: Grades are based on a point system. All assignments will contribute to your overall grade. Assignments will vary in point value. Assignments include, but are not limited to, class work, warm-ups, homework assignments, projects, class participation, quizzes and tests.
Absences: Eight absences from class will result in no credit for the course.
Tardies: Excessive tardies will negatively impact your grade
Tests & Quizzes
Extra credit may be available and the amount of points is determined on an assignment by assignment basis.
The grading scale:93- 100% = A
90 - 93% = A-
87 - 90% = B+
83 - 87% = B
80 - 83% = B-
77 - 80% = C+
73 - 77% = C
70 - 73% = C-
67 - 70% = D+
63 - 67% = D
60 - 63% = D-
0 - 60% = F
Make up work due to an absence is your responsibility as a student. Please come to me to collect missed work. I will not track you down to give you assignments. Assignments and assessments may be completed during my tutorial time. An assignment due on the day a student is absent will be due the day the student returns to school.
Ø Eight absences from class will result in no credit.
You must be here to learn from the classroom experience.
Late homework will receive a grade reduction if turned in after the due date.
Late assignments will not be accepted after 1 week from the due date.
Late homework may not be corrected as promptly as homework turned in on time.
Late homework might be lost since it is not with the rest of the homework assignments.
Students must obtain permission from me prior to leaving the room and must have a pass with them at all times while in the hallways.
§ Parents may contact me via email or telephone, however, email is preferred. I will get back to you in a day or so after receiving your message unless I am out of the building. My email and voice mail number is indicated at the top of the page.
· How does the American form of government reflect and express the ideals of the worth and rights of individuals, the rule of the majority and the rights of the minority, equality and justice, and the common good?
· How do the ideals of a nation shape its civil liberties and work to balance interests in a diverse nation?
1. Roots of Democracy, Role of Government, and Human Nature
2. Structure of U. S. Government
3. Forms of Government
4. State and Local Government
5. Sovereign Nations
· How have citizens worked both inside and outside of the current theories and the current practices of American Government to shape our society and the world?
6. Citizenship, Empowerment, Participation, and Civil Disobedience
7. Public Policy and Current Issues
8. Foreign Policy
Floating Unit: Social Studies Research and Communication Skills
American Government Fall 2009 Please Return this Portion of your syllabus to Ms. Lussier Keep the remainder of the syllabus for your use.
I have read and understand the above course syllabus, including expectations for student behavior and the grading and assignment policies.
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