Seventh Grade Civics

    Instructor:  R. Kissam

    Subject:  Civics

    E-mail: ryan.kissam@marion.k12.fl.us

    Seventh Grade Social Studies is an in-depth study of United States Government. Throughout this program the student will learn about exploration and settlement, population trends, resources, economics, laws, history and various political events that have shaped our country. This course also provides students with background knowledge within the area of philosophy, which is necessary to understand the functions and structure of the United States government. Students will use that analysis to interpret the formation and purpose of the United States government and how it relates to states and citizens

    First Nine Weeks

    • Class Introduction and Orientation
    • Forms & Systems of Government
    • Foundations of US Government

    Second Nine Weeks

    • Foundations of US Government (Cont.)
    • Anatomy of the Constitution
    • Application of the Constitution
    • State & Local Government

    Cumulative Mid-Term Exam

    Third Nine Weeks

    • Legal System
    • Application of the Legal System
    • Citizenship & Civic Engagement

    Fourth Nine Weeks

    • Elections
    • International Relations
    • Economics/Geography

    State End of Course Exam

    Category/Percentages                                                         Grading Scale:                                                      

    Tests/Project - 50%                                                                                90 – 100  =  A

    Quizzes - 40%                                                                                        80 – 89    =  B

    Homework/Planner - 10%                                                                       70 – 79    =  C

                                                                                                                60 – 69    =  D              

                                                                                                                 0 – 59      =  F                         



    TESTS   (Tests may be changed or altered at Instructor’s discretion)

    • All chapter tests are graded in three parts.  
    • Multiple Choice section – at minimum 30 questions – 70%

        (Scantron – does not go home)

    • Completion – 30%.  
    • Total for exam 100%
    • Other Tests include – Regional and historical maps.  Students will be expected to know the locations and spellings of all civilizations discussed in class.

    QUIZZES   (Quizzes may be changed or altered at Instructor’s discretion)

    • All section quizzes will consist of:
    • 10 matching or multiple choice questions – 100%
    • Vocabulary quizzes will consist of :
    • 5 matching definitions – 50%
    • 5 Write out the definition from memory – 50%
    • Total for quiz 100%


    • Homework and Classwork – All work is given a grade based upon the number of questions for a given assignment.  Students are required to write out questions and answer in complete sentences on various assignments. In the event that a student is absent it is their responsibility to ask the instructor for the assignment that was missed when they return to school.  Please Note: *Late work will not be accepted and result in a zero, unless for medical or emergency reasons*


    • To enhance home-school communication, I plan to use an app called Remind.   This app was designed for teachers and allows me to send reminders about classroom happenings via text message.  I have found it is a quick and effective way to get messages to you about important things that are happening in class. If you are interested in receiving these messages, follow the directions found below.  Standard text messaging rates will apply.  One neat feature of this app is that all phone numbers are kept private.  Also, you will not receive any advertisements.To sign up to receive messages, simply text @civicsnmms to this number: 81010. If at anytime you would like to stop receiving text updates, simply text STOP to the same number.


    • All teachers will have a website that provides detailed information on what is going on in the classroom. You can access the website at the North Marion Middle School homepage.


    • The Calendar Tab will provide you a weekly outlook as to what is happening in the classroom and any assignments, homework, and tests that we will be having.



    • It is important to understand the difference between “helping” and “cheating,” as well as when it is permitted to work together.  Students may copy individual entries from another student’s planner when absent; however it is not permissible to copy another’s entries for multiple weeks to cover for a neglected planner.  Students may work together to complete most homework and classwork assignments, however copying another’s answers is not permissible.  The general rule of thumb for assignments is that working together or explaining how to do something is helping.  Giving another student a “free ride” without contributing to the assignment is cheating.  Quizzes and tests are not cooperative assignments, and it is cheating to assist another student with their quiz or test.  

    Daily School Supplies for

    Mr. Kissam’s Classroom

    1. All students are required to have a planner. Students must bring their planner everyday to class.  
    2. A composition book or notebook is also recommended for study notes
    3. All paper and pencils must be brought to class. You will not be supplied with them.  Students may only use #2 Pencils on quizzes and tests.  Blue or Black pen may be used on classwork or homework assignments, however it is not recommended.
    4. Any additional items will be requested at a later date.

    Mr. Kissam’s Classroom Rules

    1. I will pay attention and not disrupt class.
    2. I will respect other peoples’ property and dignity.
    3. I will come to class on time and prepared.
    4. I will address others with the proper tone of voice and with respect.
    5. I will follow directions when I am told.
    6. I will work diligently and not waste time.
    7. I will accept responsibility for my behaviors.


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