Classroom Expectations and Policies
1. 1. Be on time! Class will start right after the bell rings, so please arrive for your class on time and well prepared. Tardiness is not acceptable.
2. 2. Be prepared! Each day, you must bring a writing utensil, paper, Civics assignments, and a good attitude.
3. 3. I expect that you will successfully complete all assignments and turn them in on time.
4. 4. Please, come see me if you are having problems. I want you to be successful and I am available to help you when you need it. If you don’t know what to do, you need an explanation, you need help getting organized; come see me BEFORE it is too late. You know when you are not doing as well as you’d like to be doing; that moment is the moment when you should talk with me.
5. 5. Only appropriate language and respectful behavior will be used in this classroom. No foul language, racial slangs or offensive words will be used. This classroom is a safe place where students can discuss, debate and express their opinions, but they must do so using appropriate language and actions.
6. 6. All Student Handbook guidelines will apply in this classroom and consequences will follow if expectations are not met.
Area of Study
Students will focus on the study of the governmental system in the United States. Topics include our country’s foundation including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Electoral College, Political Parties, Voting in America, specific Supreme Court cases, and Federal, State and Local governments, the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, and current events.
Typically, homework assignments come from questions out of the textbook, worksheets, current events and projects. All homework assignments must be turned in on time.
All late work will receive a deduction of one letter grade for each day past the original due date. In the case of excused absences, the student may turn in an assignment late based on the number of days absent for full credit. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. If you know you will be absent on the day that something is due, you must turn it in before you leave. No late work will be accepted once we have finished a curriculum unit and move on to the next. All late work for each unit is due on the last day of the specific unit. (Example: You can’t turn in late work from Unit 1 when we are in the middle of Unit 3).
We will spend a great amount of time reading, discussing, analyzing, and comprehending current events throughout the semester. Students will be required to research three Current Events during the semester. Students are asked to complete a “Current Event Analysis” assignment as they investigate what’s happening in today’s society. Please see the “Current Events Rubric” for more information.
There will be an assessment during and after each unit to measure student growth. Assessments will usually consist of matching and multiple choice questions, a written response or short answer prompt. Some assessments will also be in the form of a research project. Students will be informed of assessment dates at least one week in advance and a study guide will be provided. There will also be a final cumulative assessment at the end of the semester. If you do not successfully pass an assessment of any kind, you will have 5 school days to retake that assessment. You may keep taking an assessment until the desired grade it earned. However, if you choose not to retake or make up the assessment, a grade of “0” will permanently stand in the grade book and cannot be made up.