Civic and economic education is essential for active participation by informed citizens. The civics part of the course will emphasize a study of government and individual rights and responsibilities. Students will explore the structure of the federal government, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, and the organization of state and local governments. Students will develop the skills to make informed decisions, to resolve conflicts peacefully, to articulate and defend positions, and to engage in the civic and political life of their communities.
The economics part of the course will enable students to demonstrate an understanding of basic economic concepts. Students will become familiar with the economic system of the United States and how it operates. They will also explore the roles of various components of the American economic system. Students will examine their roles as a consumer, an employee, an investor and a voting citizen.
Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics, McGraw Hill, 2013
In addition to the text, we will be using many outside primary and secondary resources. Students will have varied instruction, including lecture, inquiry, research, simulation, cooperative and independent assignments, and various types of media. We will also emphasize reading comprehension strategies, note taking methods, study skills, critical thinking skills, and expository research and writing.
Civics Units of Study
- Americans, Citizenship, and Government
- Foundations of Government
- The Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
- Three Branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branch
- Political Parties, Voting, and Elections
- State and Local Government
- Civil and Criminal Law
Economics Units of Study:
- Introduction to Economics
- The U.S. Economy
- Personal Finance
- The Government’s role in the economy
Marking period grades will be calculated based on the total number of points earned, divided by the number of points possible. Adding the number of points earned each marking period and dividing the total number of points possible to date will calculate the cumulative grade. Grades can be accessed through the Student and/or Parent Portal.
Make-Up and Late Assignments/Tests Policy:
- Turn in assignments/homework on time. All late assignments/homework will receive half credit unless otherwise announced.
- It is the student’s responsibility to keep an up-to-date assignment book and access the Red Team Homework site for missed assignments. Missed work should be made-up in a timely fashion.
- Students who are absent due to illness or other unexpected circumstance will be given the equivalent number of days to make-up their work as the number of days they were absent. Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, all assignments will be due upon your return.
Student Responsibilities & Expectations:
- Maintain Academic Integrity at all times. Refer to the Student Handbook for definitions and consequences.
- Be an active, attentive, and courteous listener.
- Refrain from engaging in unnecessary outburst of laughter, noises, whispering, and non-verbal distractions that others could misinterpret as being directed at them.
- Respect the opinions of others, even if you do not agree with them, but also, think before you speak. You do not know everyone’s “story” and you don’t want to offend somebody unintentionally.
- Students will refrain from beginning to “clean up” and put their things away until the teacher indicates that it is time to do so. You will be given time to prepare to leave for your next class and will be dismissed on time. Late passes will be provided when necessary.
- Students may eat an individual snack and/or have water in the classroom. Be sure to dispose of all wrappers, bags, or plastic bottles.