Civics and American Government


Civics and American Government

Course Syllabus

Level 2 Fall 2016

Instructor: Mrs. Norton

Contact Information: (860) 673-0423 Ext. 15109 e-mail

This course is designed to provide our students with a practical knowledge and understanding of our American government and its direct connection to them. Relevance to life is imperative for students to connect with the democratic process as citizens of the United States. Students will be able to apply knowledge of the US Constitution and demonstrate their understanding of how the American system of government functions on the local, state and national levels as well as the impact on individual citizens. Students will also be able to demonstrate their understanding that US citizens have both rights and responsibilities in order for our government to maintain order in our society.

Units of Study

1. Connecticut State and Local Government/Civic Action Project

2. The Constitution: Rights and Responsibilities

3. Federalism

Civics and American Government is a required by the State of Connecticut for graduation.

Major Text: Magruder’s American Government(2011)

Homework Expectations: Homework is assigned daily and on weekends in preparation for or as a reinforcement of previously learned material. Assignments are expected to be submitted daily and completed with accuracy and neatness. Class preparation is an integral component of this course. Homework is calculated as 10% of the marking period grade. Late homework will be accepted on the next scheduled class meeting for half-credit.

Skills Emphasized: Debate, research-based Internet searches, position papers, document package analysis, mock public hearings, public speaking, court case analysis, cooperative learning activities, reading for content.

Major Assignments: Throughout the course, several projects will be assigned. A Civic Action project is required of all students in Civics/American Government. Directions for this assignment will be distributed during the first week of class. DUE DATES WILL BE ASSIGNED BY THE TEACHER. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE. *** E-Mailed papers will not be accepted.

Grading: Homework is 10% of each marking period grade with essays, projects, papers, research, quizzes, tests, etc. carrying considerable weight. A final exam will be administered at the end of the course and will count as 10% of the final grade. Each marking period is weighed as 45% of your course grade. Grades will be updated on the Parent Portal at the end of a two-week period. Copying of another student’s work will result in loss of credit for that assignment.

General Expectations:

1. Students are expected to come prepared for class with a notebook, text, pen and appropriate tools necessary for the daily classroom endeavor.

2. Textbooks are given to each student. They must be covered at all times.

3. Daily attendance is required. See student handbook regarding attendance policy.

4. ******It is imperative than when a student is absent, that he/she brings a note to the main office in order to obtain a MAKE UP SHEET FOR THEIR MISSING WORK. Missing work will not be provided without securing this make up sheet. Three days for each absence are allowed by school policy to make up work. Any work submitted after that day will not be accepted and will result in a zero unless the Assistant Principal grants an extension. Make up work/missing assignments can only be made up due to absences. Not submitting homework or other assignments when due cannot be submitted at a later date unless an absence has occurred and is within the three-day makeup period.

5. Progress reports are issued to each student at the midpoint of each marking period. Report cards/progress reports are distributed during their last class on the designated days in the school calendar.

7. Text messaging or any use of cell phones is not allowed in the classroom unless needed for a classroom activity. . This will result in the loss of the cell phone. Please refer to LSM policy on cell phones for further information.

Academic Expectations

1. Students are required to complete their assignments individually in order to develop a full understanding of the material.

2. Copying of another student’s work is not allowed and will result in a loss of credit for that assignment.

3. Essay/research assignments must include parenthetical citations to acknowledge the source of material utilized in their work.

4. E-mailed work/papers will not be accepted.

**Cell Phones and the text messaging are not allowed in the classroom. Use of cell phones will result in the loss of the phone. See LSM policy on cell phones for further information.





Civic Action Project