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Syllabus - Government

Instructor:

Connie Sutter-Roemer

Location:

Room 11


Requirements: This semester course is required for all 10th grade students (.5 units)


Text:

U. S. Government - Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy

A Citizen's Guide to State Government by the Michigan State Legislature

In Our Defense, The Bill of Rights in Action by Ellen Alderman & Caroline Kennedy

A Place at the Table Struggles for Equality in America by Teaching Tolerance Organization


Course Description:


This one semester course prepares students to become responsible citizens. Students will gain an understanding of our Core Democratic Values by learning about the purpose of government (federal, state, and local). Students will also learn about the ideas of American democracy, democracy in action, American policies and involvement in world affairs. The course includes in-depth study of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


Grading Scale: Same as in my other classes


Attendance:


While students are allowed a certain number of absences (see student handbook), I would strongly discourage missing class. Attendance can affect students' grades since they would be missing lectures and class discussions (from most assignments and tests are taken).




Course Description

Unit 1

Course Outline

Course Overview

-What is Government?

Forms of Government


Unit 2

Development of Government

-Magna Carta

-Declaration of Independence

-Constitution overview


Unit 3

Federal System

-Principles

-Government Expansion

-Evolving Government

-Politics


Unit 4

Civil Liberties

-First Amendment


Unit 5

Justice System

-Due Process


Unit 6

Civil Rights

-Minorities

-Public Opinions


Unit 7

Legislative Branch

-Organization

-Legislative Process


Unit 8

Executive Branch

-Electoral College

-Powers


Unit 9

Judical Branch

-Federal Courts

-Supreme Court


Unit 10

State & Local Government