• Course Objectives:

    In this course, students will examine topics, make informed judgments, and apply problem solving skills to address historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural issues related to civics in the United States and the global arena. Students will utilize historical inquiry to identify and solve problems, work cooperatively to achieve common goals, make connections between historical concepts and current events, connect history and the modern world using computers and other technology, and make historical connections through the research and writing process.

     

    General Topics:

    The seventh grade civics curriculum focuses on the following:
    • the principles, functions, and organization of government
    • the origins of the American political system
    • the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens
    • methods of active participation in our political systems.

     

    Civics End-of-Course Exam:

    Students are required to complete a standardized state end-of-course (EOC) exam in civics. This will be a comprehensive computer-based exam. This exam will count for 30% of the student’s final average. The test will include 52-60 multiple choice items consisting of low, moderate, and high level questions. The test is based on the Florida State Standards in civics. For more information, please see the Civics EOC test item specifications available on the FLDOE website

     

    Required Materials:

    composition notebooks - will stay in the classroom

    duotang folder - will stay in the classroom

    Highlighters - whatever kind you prefer

    ALWAYS have something to write with and paper!

     

    Classroom Procedures and Expectations:

    * Classroom Participation is extremely important and a major key success in this course.  To participate you must attend class having prepared the materials for the day.  Questions and comments must be relevant and respectful.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion.  Classroom discussion is meant to allow us to hear a variety of viewpoints.  This can only happen if we respect each other and our differences.

    * You are expected to be on time.

    * Raise your hand to be recognized.

    * When I am teaching you will not be allowed to leave the classroom, unless there is an emergency. 

    * COPYING IS CHEATING!  Students may work together to complete most homework and classwork assignments, however copying another's answers is not permissible. 

    * Above all, follow the COLT CREED.

     

    Grading Scale and Skyward:

    The grading scale is established by the Marion County Public School System.  Grades are not the most important part of this course, but I realize that you will have questions occasionally.  You can always talk to me about your grades, but not while I am teaching, or we can schedule a time to meet.  You and your parents have access to SKYWARD.  You can log on to your student portal and access your grades, just like they can through the parental portal.  Parents are encouraged to email me with their questions and/or concerns.

    A= 90 to 100

    B= 80 to 89

    C= 70 to 79

    D= 60 to 69

    F= 59 and below

     

    Classwork & Quizzes 50%

    Tests & Projects 45%

    Homework 5%