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 2017-2018, 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 2017-2018, 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
– 14th amendment.
-How does one become a citizen?
-How does one lose citizenship, is it possible?
The Electoral College (Optional, depending on student interest with last year’s presidential election)
-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
The Electoral Process:
-the nominating process
-elections (presidential election, November 2016, what happened?)
Three Levels of Government-Local, State, Federal
Legislative Branch of each level:
-the House of Representatives
Executive Branch of each level:
-President’s job description
Judicial Branch of each level:
-three levels of courts
–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 (Optional), weekly Wednesday Journal writing (Not optional)
– in-class group projects and classwork, part of homework grade, will be noted in power school
-class participation, 30% of grade (see handout for specifics)
-text: American government
-periodicals including the Internet (chrome books and teachers laptop)
-class trips (Hopefully, depending on expense)
American Government text, Chapter I Section 1: Government and the State
Introduction: This lesson focuses on the goals of the Federal Government
Activities- Student Participation And Objectives 1. Students name three basic kinds of power that a government exercises; 2. discuss the difference between a government and a state; 3. list the main purposes of the American system of government.
- Government and the state
- government – The institution through which a society makes and enforces it’s public policies.
- Public policies – All of the things a gov. decides to do, i.e. taxation, defense, education, crime control, environment, etc. p. 4
- Must have power! – ability to achieve a desired end – must be able to prevent or command/demand action;
- Three basic types of power, set by the Constitution (body of fundamental laws setting up principles, structures, and processes of a gov;
- legislative – power to make law and public policy
- executive – power to enforce and administer law
- judicial – power to determine meaning of laws and settle disputes/arguments within society
- You will define dictatorship:
- List important facts from remaining 5 paragraphs on p. 5
- The state – Body of people living in defined territory, organized politically with the power to make and enforce law.
- Population – must have people!
- Territory – must have land!
- Sovereignty – supreme and absolute power within it’s own territory; responsible for itself, not a colony;
- Gov. – already defined – see p. 6 & 7 and outline I. A
- Origins of the state – From where did the idea of “state” come? 4 main theories.
- The Force Theory –
- The Evolutionary Theory
- The Divine Right Theory –
- The Social Contract –
- Purpose of gov. –
- Form a more perfect union
- Establish justice
- Insure domestic tranquility –
- Provide for the common defense –
- Promote general Welfare –
- Secure the liberty
Review: public policies, 3 kinds of power, dictatorship, democracy, the state, territory, sovereign, government, theories, 6 purposes of gov.
Important News Stories
- Saudi Arabia allows women to drive
- Puerto Rico needs massive assistance
- Trump draws red line on taxes
- No vote on repeal of ACA
- NFL players kneel, sit down and link arms during national anthem