This year in Civics 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.
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.
During the year you can expect to have a variety of assignments. At the end of the year we will take the state Civics End of Course Exam (EOC). It counts as 30% of the FINAL grade in Civics, so it's important to keep up with your work! Here's our Civics Year at a Glance.
Students will be expected to keep track of their Howard Middle School binders, which includes our class folder. On Constitution Day (September 17), students were given a copy of The US Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It. This pocket guide should be kept in our class folder and be at school every day. We will occasionally be using our textbook, We the People, at school. School supplies needed on a regular basis include: the Howard Middle School binder, pens, pencils, highlighter, index cards, glue stick, and notebook paper. Please send in FOUR duo-tang (pocket and prong) folders for your student to organize their work each Quarter. These quarterly work folders will count as a PROJECT grade and I will keep them in the classroom for EOC review at the end of the year.
Your grade will be based on the following breakdown:
- Homework*: 10%
- Classwork/Quizzes**: 50%
- Tests/Projects/Presentations: 40%
*For each Civics standard, students will be required to make flashcards for important key terms. Key Terms and definitions will be provided.
**Quizzes will be taken upon completing each Civics standard. At least 50% of the questions will be in the style of the Civics EOC.