• Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus

    AmericanGovernment

     

     


    Course Information

    Teacher Information

    Credit Hour: 1 credit

    Name: Dan Schultz

    Marking Period:

    Phone: 610-522-4330 X6319

    Class Location: Room 319

    Office Location: Room 319

    Time:

    Office Hours:  2:35-3:00 PM

    Teacher Website: http://teacherweb.com/PA/AcademyPark/MrSchultz/

    E-Mail: dschultz@sedelco.org

    School Attributes

    The manner in which weprepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes:(1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves to, at minimum, to the samestandards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed andnurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigorincluded in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextuallydriven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effectiveinstruction for positive academy RESULTS!

     

    Course Description:

     

    American Government deals with the persistent social, economic, and political problems of concern to Americans today. The course investigates how individuals, social institutions, and governments attempt to understand and deal with these recurring and emerging human problems. Students will examine social legislation, the United States in world affairs, federal and states’ rights, and the role and function of political parties. The growth of government, the philosophy of the democratic process, and the obligations of citizens will be thoroughly explored. In addition, some time will be spent discussing governments in other countries. Finally, an examination of state and local governments will be conducted in context of their relationship with the federal government.

     

    Students will be asked to examine this question throughout the course: What should the role of government be in the 21st century? A democracy requires an informed citizenry and this course will prepare you to participate in our government in an intelligent and informed manner.

     

     

    Textbooks

    1)    McClenaghan, William, Magruder’s American Government, (Needham, Prentice Hall, 2002)

    2)    O’Sullivan, Arthur and Sheffrin, Steven M., Economics (Upper Saddle River, PrenticeHall, 2003)

    3)    Leeson, Susan M., et al, We the People, The Citizen and the Constitution (Center for CivicEducation, 2009)

               

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives:

     

                Studentswho successfully American Governmentwill be competent to address the following areas either with their knowledge orskills as specified in the Pennsylvania Department of Education StandardsAligned System (PDESAS).

                           

    ·       Citizens understand their rights and practice theirresponsibilities in a vibrant society. 

    ·       Civil discourse and thoughtful deliberation arenecessary to promote the common good and protect the individual. 

    ·       Adherence to the rule of law validates an individual’sresponsibility to society. 

    ·       Engaged citizens understand the workings of governmentand use historic precedents in shaping thought and action. 

    ·       An engaged citizen is a life-long learner continuingto benefit from internal maturity and external influences. 

    ·       A thoughtful citizen evaluates the accuracy ofcommunications and analyzes media sources attempting to influence the publicagenda. 

    ·       Citizens understand their rights and practice theirresponsibilities in a vibrant society. 

    ·       Civil discourse and thoughtful deliberation arenecessary to promote the common good and protect the individual. 

    ·       Adherence to the rule of law validates an individual’sresponsibility to society. 

    ·       Engaged citizens understand the workings of governmentand use historic precedents in shaping thought and action. 

    ·       An engaged citizen is a life-long learner continuingto benefit from internal maturity and external influences. 

    ·       A thoughtful citizen evaluates the accuracy ofcommunications and analyzes media sources attempting to influence the publicagenda. 

    ·       The choices we make, whether as consumers or ascitizens active in politics, impact people around the globe. 

    ·       The rapid pace of technological change has establishedunprecedented economic, political, and cultural interdependence among nationsand individuals. 

    ·       Nationalism plays a number of influential roles withfar-reaching consequences in an interdependent world. 

    ·       Political and economic ideas motivate societies to newbehaviors. 

    ·       The enjoyment of human rights and their exercise aredependent upon the community of nations and their citizens maintainingvigilance on governments and their actions. 

    ·       Technological innovation shakes the institutions ofsociety to their roots, with advantageous and disastrous consequences. 

     

    Student Evaluation

    The grading system for the SocialStudies Department at Academy Park High School is as follows:

    Category

    Grade Weight (%)

    1)    Tests, Projects, and Major Papers

    40%

    2)    Quizzes, Classwork, and Minor Assignments

    30%

    3)    Homework

    20%

    4)    Attendance and Class Participation

    10%

     

    The above areas will be usedas the basis for 80% of your grade per semester. The midterm and/or final examwill constitute the remaining 20% of your grade per semester.

     

     

    Attendance Policy

    Regularand prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regardingattendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuringtheir work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected toattend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness andvalid emergencies. Per school policy, any student whose absence remains unexcused after 48 hours will receive azero on assignments for that date of absence.

     

     

    Classroom Expectations

    1.    See page 4 and Mr. Schultz’s Bill of Rights

     

    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice ofcopying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oralassessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined asthe giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined bythe teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offensesand will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the StudentCode of Conduct booklet for additional information.

     

    Methodology

    A combination of lecture,class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, andproblem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determinedby the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of eachassignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is anoverview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course. Pleasenote dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate. 

     

    Unit/ Topic

    Course Activities

    Assessments/Assignments

    Timeframe

    Origins of Government

    Lecture, readings, research, classwork, homework

    Quizzes, current events homework, classwork;

    5 Classes

    The United States Constitution and Pennsylvania Constitution

    Readings, research, classwork, homework, projects. Emphasis on federal government websites.

    Projects, two quizzes, one major test, current events homework; reflection and research papers.

    12 Classes

    Domestic Policy: Legislative and Executive roles with emphasis on departments and agencies

    Class discussions, videos, primary source research

    Project, one major test, current events homework; reflection and research papers.

    10 Classes

    Foreign Policy: Political and Economic

    Teacher led introduction and review of topic, videos, worksheets, textbook exercises.

    Quizzes, current events homework, and classwork.

    6 Classes

    Elections: National, State, and Local

    Readings, research, classwork, homework, projects.

    Current events homework; reflection and research paper classwork; quiz

     

    10 Classes

    Political Parties and the role of the Media

    Teacher led introduction and review of topic, videos, worksheets, textbook exercises.

    Worksheets, online research, discussions, debates, test

    12 Classes

    Civil Rights and Landmark supreme Court Cases

    Readings, research, classwork, homework, projects.

    Worksheets, online research, discussions, debates, test, worksheets

    20 Classes

    Modern Citizenship

    Class discussions, videos, primary source research

     

    Worksheets, online research, discussions, debates, test, worksheets

    7 Classes

     

     

    Classroom Rules:

    I have come up with the following rules to create the idealsetting for students to be able to learn successfully.  They are as follows:

    1. This is a POSITIVE environment.  Therefore, we will be nice to each other, and never mean.
    2. We will RESPECT everyone; the teacher, each other, and ourselves at all times.
    3. We will always try our best, no matter how hard something may seem at first.
    4. We will raise our hand when we would like to speak out loud to the teacher and/or the class.
    5. We will sit in our seats unless we have permission to move around the room.
    6. We will not touch others or their property without permission.
    7. We will use good manners at all times.  This means saying “Please” when asking for something; saying “Thank you” when receiving something; saying “Excuse me” when interrupting someone; and using appropriate volume when talking.
    8. We will not talk while others are talking.
    9. We must follow all the rules set forth in the APHS student handbook
    10. Students will be notified of the due date of every assignment.  If not turned in on time, one letter grade will be deducted for each day the work is late.
    11. Students are responsible for obtaining work missed for either an excused or unexcused absence.  It is not the teacher’s responsibility to make sure they make it up.
    12. Have fun!

     

    Class Requirements:

      • Notebook and Binder/Folder:  Students will be hole-punching worksheets to put into their Binder/Folder.  This will help keeping everything together which will help when studying for tests.  The notebook will be used for taking notes, writing essays, and other classwork activities.
      • Writing utensils:  pen or pencil (please no glitter pens or red pens)
      • Textbook: American Government
      • Composition book: this will be used for journal entries, which we will be doing on a daily basis.

     

     

    SMART Goals:

    As a class we will be using SMART goals as a tool to helpstudents succeed.  SMART is anacronym for goals that are Specific, Measurable, Aligned to Standards, Resultsfocused and Time-framed.  The goalwill be agreed upon by the class. Also, each class will come up with a mission statement, which willdescribe how they will go about reaching their goal.  At the beginning of the class, students will take a worldcultures exam as a baseline.  Thebaseline will show students where they are in regards to their agreed upongoal.  Throughout the course,students will take the test two other times to see how they are progressingtowards their goal.  After takingthese tests, we will collaboratively review their scores and answers to seewhere they are having problems.  Atthe end of the year, we will take the test a final time, where we hope to havereached our goal. 

     


     

    AGREEMENT PAGE

     

                Thispage is to certify that the teacher, student and parent/guardian are all inagreement concerning the expectations for the course.  The upcoming year should be fun and enjoyable for all of usinvolved, as well as educational and productive.  I am sure we will all learn a lot from each other. 

     

                Thesignatures below verify that you have read and understand the syllabus.  Signatures also mean you agree to therequirements and rules, and you will bring all necessary materials mentioned onthe previous pages to class.

     

     

     

     

     

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