High School Civics Syllabus
2016-17, Periods 3,5,7, 8
Instructor: Larry Pahl
Phone: 630-372-4700 extension 4093 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Period: 1 Lunch Period: 6 Cell: 630-400-5132
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Civics, or political science, is the social science concerned with the question of how people govern themselves and their interaction with their political environment. Civics is a semester course required for graduation in School District U46, offered in the senior year. The course emphasizes the decision making process of American democracy and explores some of our major social problems. Topics examined in depth include national, state, and local government, our political party system, the processes of political behavior, and responsibilities of citizenship. This course is most important to senior students since they are able or nearly able to participate directly in our democracy (age 18). The state-required examination on the Constitution of the United States, Constitution of Illinois, Declaration of Independence, and the proper display and respect of the American flag is administered in this course. It is a graduation requirement that students pass this test with a score of “70” or higher.
a. the goals of the Social and Emotional Learning Standards for late high school students in Illinois
b. Goal 14 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Studies.
c. The objectives of the U-46 Civics Roadmap.
In the U.S. we are beneficiaries of a stable democracy. The virtues of a stable democracy don’t magically grace nations. Picture the civil war which took place in Iraq, and the uprisings known as the “Arab spring”. People did not want dictators, but when they overthrew them, democracy did not arise. Egypt is being ruled by its military now. Robust democratic activity is not an innate characteristic of the human species. Functioning democracy depends on knowledge, learned behavior and civic “grit.”. In recent years, civic learning in American schools has been marginalized, and two-thirds of 12th-graders scored below "proficient" on the last national civics assessment, according to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It will be one of the main purposes, then, of Civics at Bartlett High School to strive to educate students in their civic responsibilities, and the profound heritage of individual liberties of which they are beneficiaries as Americans. I am proud to have helped Bartlett High School become the first Democracy School in America, and to have been appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Civics Education, so I can help realize these ideals in a wider setting. The formal goals below will be utilized to help achieve the noble ends stated above:
STATE GOAL 14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
A. Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government.
B. Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of Illinois, the U. S. and other nations.
C. Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens.
D. Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in Illinois and the United States.
F. Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions.
These Common Core Literacy Standards for upperclass Social Studies:. Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
U-46 Civics Roadmap Content Areas
BLENDED LEARNING - STUDENT CHOICE.
REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS
Bartlett High School’s theme of “mutual respect” is the governing concept for class expectations. It is expected that all members of the class will show respect for all other members of the class. (Make their day!) It is also expected that all students will attempt to do their best in class. (Choose your attitude) Another expectation is that all students will attempt to help other students do their best in class. (Be there!) Mr. Pahl's specific class rules are simple:
This course is using MARKS: an updating, in-progress grade which will be displayed in Infinite Campus
What can I expect to see in Infinite Campus?
You will see that each assignment is characterized as either†Formative†or Summative.†Formative†assignments are homework assignments that help students understand the course concepts.†Summative†assessments are mostly traditional tests at the end of teaching unit to see how much students have learned.
How will grades be determined for the course?
The formative assignments count for 40% of the final grade, the†Summative assignments count for 50% of the final grade, and the†final exam†counts for 10% of the final grade.
What is the homework philosophy/policy for this class?
Homework is an essential part of student cognitive growth and character formation.
Are there any other grading policies that students and parents should be aware of?
Students can redo assignments and tests by making arrangements with Mr. Pahl.
Work Expectations. The following considerations are used to grade every assignment which is turned in to Mr. Pahl:
Accepting Late Work, Make-up Policy.
Attendance Policy. District U46 is committed to the philosophy
that “Daily attendance, contribution, and participation are necessary
for the successful completion of student course work."
Honesty Policy. Students who are caught cheating will have the assignment they cheated on listed as “cheated” in the Infinite Campus grade listing. If a student cheats repeatedly, parents will be called and the matter will become one for theschool disciplinary system.
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