• Civics Course Syllabus

    Instructor: Joseph Barnes (RM 06-006)
    Phone: (352) 671-7225 (ex. 55865)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: The objective of this course is to promote curiosity and literacy within Civics. Students will gain a working knowledge of the concepts and principles of citizenship, government fundamentals, and the judicial system. They will be able to appreciate the challenges, participation, and pride that goes into creating a well-structured civil society. In addition, students will further develop their skills of analysis and logical thinking. Classes will be encouraged to appreciate the need for accuracy while keeping an open mind.

    First Quarter


    Civic Engagement
    The Federal Government – Part I

    The Federal Government – Part II


    Third Quarter

    Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
    The Legal System/Supreme Court Cases

    Forms of Government

    International Relations


    Second Quarter

    State Government

    Local Government

    Foundations of American Government

    The U.S. Constitution


    Fourth Quarter

    Citizen Action

    EOC Review and Remediation





    ASSESSMENT: Student grades will be weighed as follows:

    Classwork/quizzes: 50%

    Tests/projects: 50%

    Parents can come into the front office and register for access to Skyward. You can check your grades and missing assignments through your student portal.



    90-100 A                     80-89 B                       70-79 C                       60-69 D                       0-59 F

    MAKEUP WORK: Makeup work will be given in the case of an absence from school. Students will have 1 day for each day of absence to complete and turn in the makeup work except in the case of extenuating circumstances. Make up work will be available in the makeup folder in class and it is the student’s responsibility to obtain and complete missed work upon returning to school.

    CLASS EXPECTATIONS: Expectations for students within this class align with the Howard Middle School schoolwide expectations of “Be responsible, Be respectful, and Be ready”. Class specific expectations are as follows:

    • Be on time and where you are supposed to be.
    • Be prepared and ready to learn.
    • Ask for what you may need.
    • Strive for excellence through prideful work, and always do your best.
    • Keep your hands, feet, and unkind comments to yourself.

    CLASS PROCEDURES: Every minute I have with a student is extremely valuable, therefore the following procedures must be followed on a daily basis.

    • Enter the room quietly and prepare to learn (sharpen pencils/gather materials necessary) and begin work on Bellringer.
    • Demonstrate positive character traits that illustrate respect to the teacher and your peers. Raise hand to speak and listen actively to peers and teacher during lectures and discussions.
    • Dismissal comes from the teacher. I will dismiss you from my class once the room is in order and students are seated.

    CONSEQUENCES: Consequences are the result of not choosing to conduct yourself in a manner that is aligned to the classroom expectations and procedures. If you are unable to make the appropriate decisions in order to meet the classroom expectations it may result in the following consequences.

    • Verbal warning
    • Time out in another classroom
    • Parent contact
    • Discipline referral to Student Management

    ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE: I will always make myself available for any parent or student seeking additional assistance. Please reference the contact information on the first page of the syllabus if you ever need to call or email me

     **Syllabus can be downloaded/printed using the link below**