Civics and American Government
Course Description and Essential Knowledge
This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the framework of government on both the national and local levels. Through the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of political thought, and the thoughts of those in power. We will also spend a lot of time discussing current events.
Documents, readings, and other materials will be provided and posted in google classroom as needed for daily assignments.
Units of Study:
Unit 1: Introduction to Government
Unit 2: Foundations of American Government
Unit 3: The Constitution & Federalism
Unit 4: Political Parties & Ideology
Unit 5: The Legislative Branch
Unit 6: The Executive Branch
Unit 7: The Judicial Branch
Unit 8: Civil Liberties
Unit 9: State & Local Government
Goals of the Course
- Students will acquire knowledge of Civics and American Government including specific terms, and concepts.
- Students will weave together the skills and content of civics, history, and geography and learn how they affect each other.
- Students will consider multiple perspectives, weigh evidence, and make sound judgments about the contemporary world.
- These processes build student confidence as critical thinkers.
- Learners will leave prepared for advanced level courses in the social sciences and some of the analytical tasks common to the 21st-century work world.