Mrs. Elizabeth York
CIVICS – US and IL Constitutions and US Flag Code
REQUIRED TEXTS: US Constitution, IL Constitution, US Flag Code (available at Wikipedia). Other texts as provided.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Civics is a required course for graduation and covers several aspects of government. Civics will explore the origins of the American democratic system while looking at how the constitution embodies the values and purposes set up by the founding fathers. The structure and function of the government will be analyzed on a national, state, and local level while showing how each level is interrelated. This will launch the class into discussing how constitutional values relate to other nations and world affairs. Throughout the course we will focus on how the people play an active role in government and the importance each citizen contributes to society.
Grading, Classroom notes/participation, and Homework:
Students will be given “Pop Quizzes” each week to ensure they captured the material.
On the last day of class there will be an exam. A 70% provides the student with a passing grade for the class and a certificate of completion.
CLASSROOM NOTES & PARTICIPATION:
All students are expected to take notes during the lecture portion of the class. Each week, there is a small Group Activity: where students will need to work together productively.
There will be required videos, reading, and worksheets each week. There is also an optional Literature component.