Civics notes and course description

According to the dictionary definition, Civics is “the study of the rights and duties of citizenship” http://www.bing.com/search?q=dictionary+definition+of+Civics

We will begin Civics class with a pretest which will cover the map of the United States. It is important to know the location of different states throughout our country as we study local, state and federal government. It is also important to know the location of states as citizens of the United States.

We will also be studying current events which will require our knowledge of the states.Our class will review the location of the seven continents and four oceans of our world to help us better understand world events as well.There are a number of good web sites which allow you to not only study the map of United States, but also to print the map.

In the school year 2016-2017, we will be discussing a number of topics. As Civics is associated with our life in the United States as well as our place in a global society, we will study and research differing topics which are important during our changing times.  We will incorporate new topics as we go through the year, and of course the presidential election.

Civics (10 points), Mr. Wade, Course Description

 

In the school year 2016-2017, we will be discussing a number of topics. As Civics is associated with our life in the United States as well as our place in a global society, we will study and research differing topics which are important during our changing times.  We will incorporate new topics and possibly eliminate topics as we go through the year.  Below are the main points we will be covering.

 

Principles of government:

-government and “The State”

-Forms of Government

-Basic Concepts of Democracy

Citizenship

– 14th amendment.

-How does one become a citizen?

-How does one lose citizenship, is it possible?

The Electoral College (Very important with November election upcoming)

-12th amendment.

-What is the electoral college?

-How does a candidate get “electoral votes.”?

-Flaws of the electoral college.

-Supporters of the electoral college

Origins of American Government:

-Our Political Beginnings

-the Coming of Independence

-the Critical Period

-Creating the Constitution

-Ratifying the Constitution

Voters and Voter Behavior:

the Right to Vote

-Voter Qualifications

The Electoral Process:

-the nominating process

-elections (presidential election, November 2016)

Three Levels of Government-Local, State, Federal

Legislative Branch of each level:

-the House of Representatives

-the Senate

Executive Branch of each level:

-President’s job description

-Presidential succession

Judicial Branch of each level:

-three levels of courts

 

Course Requirements:

written homework most nights, reading other nights, 35% of grade (see handout for specifics)

-quizzes and tests as needed, 35% of grade

-research paper and oral presentation due second marking period

-book reports, first and second marking periods

– in-class group projects, part of homework grade, will be noted in power school

-class participation, 30% of grade (see handout for specifics)

 

Resources Used:

-text: American government

-handouts

-guest speakers

-periodicals including the Internet

-class trips

 

6 Responses to Civics notes and course description

  1. TimothySmith says:

    Received the notes!

  2. Bob Bobert says:

    Mr. Wade’s class is swag.😄

  3. jesus ramos says:

    hi

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