Participation In Government

The backbone of the course is a simple, four-step process of issue analysis that can be used as a basis for inquiry, discussion and writing throughout this course. These steps involve issue formulation, background research, evaluation of alternative responses and defense of a recommended action. This process is to the world of civics what the scientific method is to the natural sciences—a way of thinking and a form of investigation. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of our government system and how it applies to their lives after they graduate high school.

Required Texts

  • “Government”

Required Supplies

  • Pen and paper

Course Format and Procedures

All educational tools available to me are utilized in this and all of my courses.

Grading Procedures

Grading will be based on a cumulative total of points/quarter. Quizzes, tests and projects will be worth more than homework and class work. Students will receive numerical grades for quizzes and tests, but not for homework. Successful completion of homework can make or break a student’s quarter average.  Homework will be completed on time; late homework will not be accepted. All assignments not handed in will appear on a list in the front of the room, every two weeks. It is a student’s responsibility to check the list and make up any missing assignments. Failure to make up missing assignments will result in a zero for that assignment. Class participation will make up approximately 20% of each quarter grade.  Students will take a test on the summer reading chapters during the first month of school. Because students are now completing college-level work, they will have their average weighted to a college-level average. As with a college course, students are expected to read every day. The college rule of thumb: every hour in class requires three hours of outside preparation.

Student and Parent Resources

  • Student resources: Daily
  • Parent Resources:
    • How can you support your student at home?
      • EngageNY, Khan Academy, etc.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Our Federal System

Unit II:  Legislative Branch

Unit III: Executive And Judicial Branches

Unit IV: Citizenship, Justice And Freedoms

Unit V: Participation In Government

Unit VI: Public Policies

Unit VII: Political And Economic Systems

Unit VIII: State And Local Governments

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor.