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My Civics classes are taught in accordance with the Louisiana Believes Civics Curriculum with an emphasis placed on historical, geographical, and analytical thinking skills. The following chart explains the skill type and the thinking skill which correlates to it.
Historical, Geographical, Analytical Thinking Skills
1. Historical Causation
2. Patterns of Continuity and Change over time
Comparison and Contextualization
Crafting Historical Arguments
6. Historical Argumentation
7. Appropriate Use of Relevant Historical Evidence
Historical Interpretation and Synthesis
Civics Syllabus 2018-2019
Betty Jo Harris
Welcome to Civics & Economics. The course will begin by examining what it means to be an American citizen and the different government types throughout the world. The main focus will be the basic structure of the US government established by the Constitution. Students will also explore what role they as individuals play in these systems.
In Economics, the class will focus on the operation of our economic system. We will look at this in terms of microeconomics (How the individual makes economic decisions) and macroeconomics (How the system as a whole functions).
Text: Building Citizenship: Civics & Economics ISBN: 978-664811-7
- Americans, Citizenship, and Immigration
- The Role of the Media
- The American Colonies and Their Government
- The Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
- The Legislative Branch
- The Executive Branch
- The Judicial Branch
- Political Parties
- State Government
- Local Government
- Citizens and the Law
- Civil and Criminal Law
- Introduction to Economics
- The American Economy
- Government’s Role in the Economy
- The Government and Banking
- Financing the Government
- Voting and Elections
3 inch binder
Loose leaf paper
Dividers for binder
Kleenex (3 pack)
Rule 1: Be in your seat and ready to work when the class bell rings.
Rule 2: Bring all required materials to class each day and do not bring food or drinks. Water is acceptable.
Rule 3: Participate responsibly and respectfully in classroom activities and discussions. Behavior violations are included in the Student Handbook.
Rule 4: No cell phones; If they are found, I will take them and give them to the administration.
Rule 5: No backpacks in my classroom; they may be left in the hall or in the back of the classroom upon entry.
Rule 6: The class set of Chromebooks will be numbered and assigned to each student.
Infractions and Consequences:
See Student Handbook
1: Entering the Room- enter quietly and politely; Gentlemen remove you cap if wearing one.
2: Morning Routine-Once seated at your table please log into your chrome book and begin daily bell-work without my intervention.
3: Leaving the room- Raise your hand to ask permission, tell me where you are going.
4: Class Dismissal- Clean off your table area, pick up any trash, books, or colored pencils. I will dismiss you.
5: Using the classroom library- You are welcome to check out a book from my library. The Checkout procedure is online at classroom.booksource.com https://classroom.booksource.com/classroom/teacher-auth.aspx?redirect=dashboard.aspx
Each student will be given a code to access the classroom library.
6: Throwing away trash- you may throw away trash if I am not teaching the whole group. Please do not play basketball with your trash.
7: Homework- Assignments are put on the school website JPAMS daily and I use Remind (Class code for Remind: 96k8kb) to send out class texts. There will usually be no more than 2 homework assignments per week. For JPAMS information please contact Cindy Peterman, Technology Coordinator.
8: In class assignments-If assignments are NOT online, the completed assignments should be placed in the homework drawer before you leave class.
10: Make-up assignments- You are responsible for getting your missed assignments from the designated folder located on the table near the door or online.
11: Make-up Tests- See Student Handbook.
12: I will raise my hand to get your attention when you are off task and I need you to refocus.
All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Delta Charter School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.
Student grades will be assessed in accordance with the following outline:
100-93% = A 92 – 85% = B 84-75% = C 74-67% = D 66 – 0% = F
1st Nine Weeks ……………………………. August 16, 2018-October 16, 2018
2nd Nine Weeks ………………………….... October 17, 2018-December 19, 2018
3rd Nine Weeks ……………………………. December 20, 2018-March 12, 2019
4th Nine Weeks …………………………….. March 13, 2019-May 21, 2019
1st Nine Weeks ……………………………. Tuesday, September 18, 2018
2nd Nine Weeks ………………………….... Tuesday, November 27, 2018
3rd Nine Weeks …………………………….. Friday, February 8, 2019
4th Nine Weeks …………………………..… Friday, April 12, 2019
Your semester grade is calculated from the four following categories:
Classwork Written work, notes, group projects, assignments, etc.
Assessments Tests, essays, DBQs( including online assignments from sites such as https://www.commonlit.org/text-sets), presentations and other major projects *Usually, at the end of the unit
Homework Work required to be done at home. No late homework accepted.
Turning in Work: if you don’t label your paper properly, one (or more) of the following may occur:
- It will take longer to grade your paper
- You may lose points
- I may refuse to accept it
- Someone else may claim it as theirs
- See Purdue Owl for assistance, https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/24/
Participation & Attendance Classroom participation, behavior and attendance.
Extra credit assignments: Students may read 1 book each 9 weeks and take a test created by me which will test for reading comprehension. The book may be checked out of the classroom library and must pertain to the subject which is being studied.
PLAGIARISM includes but is not limited to representing another person’s ideas or work as your own, copying, paraphrasing, or purchasing another person’s work without giving credit.
CHEATING includes but is not limited to copying and / or allowing another student to copy your work, getting or giving answers from another student for a test, quiz, homework, or other class work, using a textbook, notes during a test or quiz and possessing a cheat sheet for a test or quiz, whether it is used or not. If you plagiarize or cheat, the minimum consequence will be a zero on the assignment, and no makeup assignment possible. The student may be referred to the administration.
- Academic cheating includes the accomplishment or attempted accomplishment of the following:
- *Copying or obtaining information from another student’s test paper.*
- **Using, during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test.
- Collaborating, conspiring, or cooperating during a test with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority.
- Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an unadministered test.
- Selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered test or any information concerning specific questions and items on an unadministered test.
- Requesting, bribing, blackmailing, or in any other way causing any other person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test or a test in the process of being administered.
- Substituting for another student, or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself, to take a test.
- Submitting as one’s own, in fulfillment of academic requirements, any theme, report, term paper, essay, other written work, art work, painting, drawing, sculpture, musical composition, or other artwork prepared totally or in part by another person.
- Any selling, giving, or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements any theme, report, term paper, essay, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other artwork.
- Submitting artificially produced data or information in the place of descriptive, experimental, or survey results.
- Any other devious means of securing an unearned grade in a non-credit course or in a course offered for credit.
* A student looking on another student’s paper is considered cheating.
** The presence on one’s person (or in close proximity thereto) of a condensation of test information which could be regarded as a “cheat sheet” will be considered adequate evidence to establish cheating.
This syllabus must be signed by the student and a parent or guardian and returned to Ms. Harris on the due-date in order to receive 10 points of extra credit. All students must satisfactorily complete the syllabus even if it is turned in after the designated due-date. It should then be placed in a page protector at the front of your binder.
Class Remind Code for Civics: 96k8kb
Please Detach and Return the following signed portion of this page by Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
I have read the Syllabus and the Student Handbook for the 2018-19 School year.
Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________ Date_____________
Student Signature___________________________________________ Date_____________