• COURSE DESCRIPTION: The primary content for the course pertains to the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system. The course is embedded with strong geographic and economic components to support civics education instruction.

    First Quarter

    Forms & Systems of Government

    Foundations of U.S. Government

    Anatomy of the Constitution

    Third Quarter

    Legal System

    Application of the Legal System

    Citizenship & Civic Engagement

    Second Quarter

    Anatomy of the Constitution

    Application of the Constitution

    State & Local Government


    Fourth Quarter


    International Relations



    IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME: Civics is categorized within the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme under Individuals and Societies. These studies at Howard Middle School incorporate the six Global Contexts where learning through inquiry focuses on the conceptual understanding of the following key concepts:  Change, Global Interactions, Time-Place-and-Space, and Systems.  Assessments follow a progression of four specific learning objectives: Knowing and Understanding, Investigating, Communicating and Thinking Critically.

    SUPPLIES: composition notebook, pens/pencils, notebook paper, earbuds/headphones

    We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution (3rd ed.). (2017). Center for Civic Education.
    Howard Middle School Media Center and Computer Laboratories, Outside/Guest Speakers, Field Trips, and

    ASSESSMENT: Student grades will be weighed as follows:

    Classwork: 50%

    Assessments/Projects: 40%
    Homework: 10%

    (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.)

    GRADING SCALE: Assessments and assignments are graded according to the scale prescribed by the Marion County School Board:

    A             --             100-90%
    B             --             89-80%
    C             --             79-70%
    D             --             69-60%
    F              --             59% and below.

    MAKEUP WORK: Makeup work will be given in the case of an absence from class. 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 and school wide 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**