This year in Civics, in the traditional classroom, or through MCPS Online we will be studying the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political systerm; 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 culmination of this course will be an End of Course Assessment (EOC) developed by The Florida Department of Education and administered to 7th grade students. Here is our 2020-2021 Year at a Glance YAG.
In order for me to do my job (teach) and you to do your job (learn) it is important that the established school and classroom rules be followed at all times: be ready, be respectful, and be responsible.
Students will be expected to have their Howard Middle School binders, which includes our class folder. Here is the 2020-2021 Howard Middle School supply list. The following school supplies will be needed on a daily basis in my Civics class: pocket folder, pen, pencil, highlighter, glue stick, and notebook paper. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would also encourage students to have hand sanitizer and tissues for their own personal use, as well as a filled reusable water bottle (to discourage water fountain use).
Your grade will be based on the following breakdown:
- Homework: 10%
- Classwork/Quizzes**: 50%
- Tests/Projects/Presentations: 40%
**Quizzes will be taken upon completing each Civics standard. At least 50% of the questions will be in the style of the Civics EOC.
Please note that the Civics End of Course Exam (EOC) is 30% of the FINAL grade in Civics.