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Course name: US Government

Course number: 7921015

Teacher: Drew

Objective:

The objective of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge about the US government to support the student in identifying their personal rights and responsibilities as an American Citizen and a participating member in the community.

Description:

Students will study the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government. Students will learn the structure and processes of the government of the state of Florida and various local governments. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States Government standards.

Materials:

News to you: Unique Learning Curriculum:

Ducksters Education Site

Kids Discover

Thinker Academy

Kahn Academy

Additional Supplemental materials provided by the teacher

Classroom expectations:

The teacher will provide accommodations and modification to allow all students to participate in class to their fullest ability.

Students are expected to:

1)      Respect Peers, Staff, and Yourself

2)      Respect Class Time

3)      Respect School Property

4)      Be Where You Are Supposed to Be

Assessment:

Based on individual student needs the student may be assessed using any combination of:

         cumulative projects

         work portfolio

         written assessment

         verbal assessment

         teacher and staff daily observation

Grading:

         20% completed in-class assignments (ie. Given appropriate accommodations, was the student able to independently complete the classwork for the day)

         40% completed end of topic assessments (ie. Given appropriate accommodations and modifications the student is able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the topic based on the sunshine state standards)

         20% daily demonstration of appropriate behavior during class (ie. Given appropriate accommodations the student will demonstrate behavior that is conducive for their own learning and the learning of their peers)

         20% participation (given appropriate accommodations and modifications the student will engage in classroom activities)

Course Outline:

Month

Topic

Sub-topics

August

Constitution

Important People

What does it do

Why was it written

What does it say

September

Bill of Rights

What is it

What does it say

Why was it written

October

Other Amendments

What is an amendment

Some important amendment to know

Why were they written

Important People

November

Democracy

Checks and Balances

Origins of democracy; Ancient Greek Democracy vs. Roman republic

What does our democracy look like

What is the separation of power and what are the branches of government

December

Executive branch

Who is part of the executive branch

What responsibilities does it have

What are the qualifications for becoming president

January

Legislative branch

What is the House of Representatives

What is congress

How are Senators and Representative elected and what is there job

February

Judicial Branch

What is the Judicial Branch

What are the responsibilities of the Judicial Branch

What is the Supreme Court

Important People and cases

March

Civil Rights

What was the Civil right movements

Groups of people effected by the movement

Major People and events in the movement

April/May

Citizenship

Rights and Responsibilities

Pathways to citizenship

Identify the rights and responsibilities of a United States Citizen

Voting on a national and state level

Identifying valid sources and accurate information

 

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