You will be introduced to various aspects of Civics. Students will be able to identify and comprehend all levels of government, the role of a citizen in government, as well as how our economy affects us and the world around us. Our textbook is Holt McDougal:Civics in Practice. This book can be accessed online at www.hmsocialstudies.com. A daily notebook must be kept with a table of contents to organize class work. Notebooks will be turned in periodically throughout each 9 weeks. All quizzes and tests will be announce in class as well as the calendar.
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.
The seventh grade Advanced Civics course offers scaffolded learning opportunities for students to develop the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in a more rigorous and reflective academic setting. Students are empowered to perform at higher levels as they engage in the following: analyzing historical documents and supplementary readings, working in the context of thematically categorized information, becoming proficient in note-taking, participating in Socratic seminars/discussions, emphasizing free-response and document based writing, contrasting opposing viewpoints, solving problems, etc. Students will develop and demonstrate their skills through participation in various standards based activities.
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Liberty Middle School
7th Grade Civics and Advanced Civics
Dear Parent and Student,
Welcome to your 7th grade Civics class and what I expect will be a year that is full of accomplishments. Throughout this year we will be learning the foundations of government, the role of government in the United States, and how citizens participate in government. Keys to success are class participation, completion of assignments, willingness to ask for help, and parent support. I expect students to come to class on time and prepared to learn.
Goals for the Year
- To identify institutions and principles of government at work in current events
- To analyze and understand the role of the citizen in American democracy
- To compare and contrast what we do with how other countries may do things
- To develop reading strategies to help the student be more successful
- To practice and understand how to respond to vocabulary that may be used on the Civics End of Course Examination.
- To work cooperatively
We will be using the Holt McDougal: Civics in Practice textbook. This textbook will be available through www.hmsocialstudies.com website. If you are unable to access the internet you will be able to borrow a book on a per day basis to complete assignments. You will be responsible for if the textbook is lost or damaged.
All students should have the following supplies in class every day.
Pen, Mechanical Pencil, or Pencil
Civics Notebook - a Single Subject notebook with dividers and pockets
This schedule is tentative.
Unit Date Begins
Unit 1: Citizenship August 24
Unit 2: Civic Engagement August 31
Unit 3: Elections September 21
Unit 4: Federal Government Part 1 September 28
Unit 5: Federal Government Part 2 October 12
Unit 6: State Government October 19
Unit 7: Local Government October 26
Unit 8: Foundations of American Government November 9
Unit 9: The U.S. Constitution November 30
Unit 10: Amendments to the Constitution January 4
Unit 11: The Legal System/Supreme Court Cases January 25
Unit 12: Forms of Government February 15
Unit 13: International Relations February 22
Unit 14: Citizen Action March 14
Unit 15: EOC Review and Remediation April 4
Unit 16: Economics April 18
Unit 17: Geography May 9