Lewis County High School
Integrated Social Studies Course Syllabus
Instructor: Jessica Pugh
This course emphasizes major themes of government through topics that lead to an understanding of being an
active citizen of the United States. Topics will provide an understanding of the nature of government and the
characteristics of American democracy. This course will also include the fundamental principles of economics,
to help students understand how their decisions affect themselves and others, and the fundamental themes of
geography, to create a geographical perspective.
The main goal of this class is to create active, involved citizens. Students will be expected to analyze and
explore ideas that have influenced our society.
• The study of government and civics equips students to understand the nature of government and the
unique characteristics of American representative democracy, including its fundamental principles,
structure, and the role of citizens. Understanding the historical development of structures of power,
authority, and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society and other parts of
the world is essential for developing civic competence. An understanding of civic ideals and practices
of citizenship is critical to full participation in society and is a central purpose of the social studies.
• Economics includes the study of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.
Students need to understand how t heir economic decisions affect them, others, the nation and the
world. The purpose of economic education is to enable individuals to function effectively both in their
own personal lives and as citizens and participants in an increasingly connected world economy.
Students need to understand the benefits and costs of economic interaction and interdependence
among people, societies, and government.
• Geography includes the study of the five fundamental themes of location, place, regions, movement
and human/environmental interaction. Students need geographic knowledge to analyze issues and
problems to better understand how humans have interacted with their environment over time, how
geography has impacted settlement and population, and how geographic factors influence climate,
culture, the economy and world events. A geographic perspective also enables students to better
understand the past and present and to prepare for the future.
• GovernmentAlive! Power, Politics and You
• EconomicsAlive! The Power to Choose
• GeographyAlive! Regions and People and Workbook
• 3-ring binder
• Loose-leaf paper
• Pencil, blue or black ink pen
• All necessary items for independent projects
Students will be evaluated on class assignments and activities including, but not limited to, the following:
• Portfolio writings
• Discussion and participation
• Independent projects
• Tests and quizzes
Grading scale is as follows:
Below 60……….. F
o Use appropriate language
o Follow reasonable requests
o Be attentive
o Give and receive feedback kindly
o Arrive on time
o Be prepared
o Take action to correct mistakes
o Use all equipment and supplies as intended
o Model positive behavior
o Keep the classroom neat and clean
o Be honest
o Support and encourage your teachers and peers
Procedures are a part of life. We follow procedures for using a telephone book, boarding an airplane, approaching a
traffic light, and attending a wedding. The reason we have procedures in life is so that people can function in society
knowing the acceptable and efficient ways other people do things.
There are also procedures in this classroom. These procedures establish our classroom culture.
1. Beginning of Period
• Bellwork will be displayed on the projector screen. You are expected to be in your seat,
working on the bellwork, when the tardy bell rings.
• Agenda for each day will be on the South whiteboard. Copy this into your notebook.
• If you don’t understand, quietly ask your neighbor for help.
2. Quieting a class
• When I need your undivided attention, you will see me stand with my hand up. When
my hand is up the procedure is as follows:
o Turn and face me; pay attention and keep your eyes on me.
o Be ready for instruction. I will have something to say.
3. Students seeking help
• When the class is at work and you need my attention, take a textbook and place it in an
upright position and continue to work.
4. Movement of papers
• Students should pass their papers across the rows, not up the rows.
• If papers are not taken up by the teacher, papers should be placed into the appropriate
tray (i.e. 1st period places papers in tray marked 1st).
• Papers placed on the teacher’s desk are at risk of being lost. Do not hand individual
papers to the teacher!
5. End of period
• The bell does not dismiss the class. Students do not dismiss the class. The teacher
dismisses the class.
• In order for the teacher to dismiss you:
o Desks should be placed in original position
o Supplies should be put away in appropriate locations
o Textbooks should be returned to proper location
6. Entering the classroom
• Greet the teacher by name and enter the room quietly
• Get your materials, then go directly to your seat
• Begin work immediately
7. When you need pencil or paper
• Before class
o You are responsible for having the materials necessary to participate in class.
Occasionally, however, we all enter the situation where we need a pencil or
paper. Both can be found in the Southeast corner of the classroom. These
materials are provided by the teacher, so please use sparingly!
• During class
o Quietly ask to borrow materials from a neighbor
8. When you are absent
• You are responsible for missing work.
• Make up work is available with an excused absence note. Make up work should be
completed and returned by the due date set by the teacher for credit.
• Tests will be made up by appointment.
• If you know ahead of time that you will be absent, please notify the teacher so you can
get your work beforehand.
• Class starts on time! If you have questions, please see the tardy policy in the school
10. Sharpening your pencil
• Ideally, this should be done BEFORE class starts. If you need to sharpen your pencil
during class, please ask permission if receiving instruction or wait until the class is
11. Heading on assignments
• Any paper you turn in should have a heading in the upper, right-hand corner.
• Heading includes: Your name (eg. Jessica Pugh), Date (eg. 8-25-10), Period (4th).
12. Emergency bell/drills
o Quietly line up and exit the room to the RIGHT. Stop before Mr. Collin’s door
and then follow his class into Mr. Skidmore’s room.
o Sit where instructed
o Be quiet and listen for instructions
o Quietly line up and exit the room to the LEFT. Exit the building and continue
across the parking lot.
o Stand where instructed
o Be quiet and listen for instructions
o Quietly take refuge under your desk, making sure you protect your head and
o Be quiet and listen for instructions
13. Sudden illness
• If time, ask the teacher for a pass
• If no time, go directly to the restroom
• If you cannot make it to the restroom, please grab the waste basket on your way out
• Report back when you are finished, to get a pass to the nurse’s office
14. When a school-wide announcement or classroom page is made
• Stop talking
• Listen to the announcement
• Then continue working quietly
15. When visitors are in the classroom
• Continue with your work
• Be polite to the guest, answer questions if asked
• Maintain work if the teacher is called away
• If appropriate, engage in conversation with the visitor
16. Exam “Redo”s
• If you are dissatisfied with a test grade, you may stay for tutoring and “Redo” your test.
The redo will be worth the same number of points as the test and will be averaged with
your test grade to make a new test grade.
17. Emergency Passes
• Students will receive two (2) Emergency Passes per semester.
• The Emergency Pass allows you to leave the room to: use the restroom, go to your
locker, etc. You may NOT use the pass to interrupt instructional time in another
• To redeem your pass: 1) Hand the signed pass to the teacher 2) sign out 3) sign in
• Unused passes will be rewarded five (5) bonus points at the end of each semester.