Civics
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Welcome to Civics

In class we are currently studying our unit on the Constitution.

Essential Question:

- What is the purpose of government?

- Why did the founding fathers put in place a system of checks and balances?

- What powers of government are given to each branch of government?

- What philosophies of government are present in our Constitution?

- What freedoms and rights are promised to citizens of the United States?


Please check out the curriculum for this course at our district website:
http://www.wasd.k12.pa.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=440971&pageId=626023

Civics Resources:

https://www.isidewith.com/

http://www.differencebetween.net/

https://votesmart.org/

Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Course Syllabus

 

Course: Civics

Department: Social Studies

Instructor: Daniel Shaffer

Phone: 762-1191 Ext: 2288

Email Address: daniel_shaffer@wasdpa.org

Teacher Webpage:

 

Required Text: United States Government

Suggested Materials: 3-ring binder

 

Course Overview: This course will present a study of government.  It will begin with an examination of the purposes of government and the different types of governments that have been used throughout the history of the world.  The course will then focus on the government of the United States—specifically how and why it was formed, ideas that influenced our founding fathers, and the current organization and application of the United States government.

 

Course Objectives:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of:

 

  • The Purposes of Government
  • Types of Government used throughout the World
  • The Foundations of American Government
  • The Legislative Branch of Government
  • The Executive Branch of Government
  • The Judicial Branch of Government
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • State and Local Government
  • Citizenship & Participation in Government

 

Instructor Philosophy:  Learning is an active process; it is not accomplished by simply telling information.  Students must actively participate in the learning process and be given the opportunity to construct their own understandings.  With this in mind, this course will stress student-directed activities.

 

Emergency Procedure: Students will exit the building by heading down the staircase directly outside the classroom door.  Students will meet at the designated location in the football stadium.

 

Tentative Course Outline: 

 


  • Weeks 1 - 4:  Purposes of government and different types of government

 

  • Weeks 5 - 6: Economic Systems

     

  • Weeks 7 - 8 The formation and foundation of U.S. government

 

  • Weeks 9 - 13: The Constitution

 

  • Weeks 14 and 18: The Legislative Branch

 

  • Weeks 19 and 22:  The Executive Branch

     

  • Weeks 23 and 26: The Judicial Branch

     

  • Weeks 27 - 29: State and Local Government

     

  • Weeks 30 - 32: Citizenship & Politics in the U.S.

     

  • Weeks 33 - 34: Foreign Policy

     

  • Weeks 35 - 36: Review and Final Exam

Assessment: 

 

  • Tests & Summative Assessments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40% of grade
  • Quizzes & Formative Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30% of grade
  • Class Work: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20% of grade
  • Homework . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% of grade

 

Expectations:

  • For full credit, assignments must be turned in on their due date.
    • Assignments will only be taken two days after the due date.
    • Students will be given 2 days (for every day they are absent) to make up work.
    • Test/Quizzes must be made up within one week of an absence.
    • No credit will be given for plagiarized assignments.
  • Follow all school rules.  They are in your planner, and will be enforced.
    • Sit in your assigned seat.  Do not change seats unless given permission.
    • Do not use your cell phone, mp3 player, or any other electronic device.
    • Wait to be dismissed before heading for the exit.
  • Treat everyone in the classroom with respect.
    • Raise your hand to speak.
    • Do not speak when someone else is speaking.
    • Do not work on material from other classes unless all work is complete.
    • Absolutely no bullying will be tolerated.
  • Treat all property and materials with respect.
  • Come to class with all required materials.
    • Textbook, notebook/binder, assignments, writing utensil.
    • Locker passes will be limited.
  • Attend class regularly and be on time
    • If you arrive late to class, you must have a pass.
    • Be in your seat when the bell rings.
    • Please use the bathroom responsibly and at appropriate times.