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Civics & Gov Syllabus


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Civics & Gov Syllabus

  1. 1. Civics & Government Mrs. Lindinger Class website: Register to receive text messages with reminders, homework assignments, and other class information. To join, text Password: CIVICS When you sign up, Celly will not share your phone number! All notifications can also be viewed on Skyward without enrolling in the service. You have one homework “pass” per marking period. This does NOT mean that the homework does not need to be completed; you must turn in your work the next day for full credit. Any subsequent late homework will receive a zero. Any late papers or projects will lose one letter grade for each day they are late. Unused passes will receive extra credit at the end of the marking period. Homework Policy The class website will be your go-to spot for notes, extra help resources, printable papers, and much more. COURSE DESCRIPTION What does it mean to be an American? What are our rights and responsibilities? To what extent does the media influence our opinions? How does the government provide for the common good while still securing our individual liberties and freedoms? Civics and Government focuses on the principles, structure, and power of our national and state governments. We will emphasize civic participation, particularly why is it critical in a successful democracy. This course will leave you armed with a knowledge of government and politics that will help you interpret and analyze the conflicting opinions that you encounter everyday at school, at the dinner table, on TV, facebook, Twitter, etc. My goal is to help create a generation of voters who have knowledge of our political system, particularly their rights within it, a thirst for information, and the tools to make informed decisions at the polls. CITIZENSHIP Be prepared. Be on time. Be respectful. Be accountable. Be consistent. Ghosts are… RESPECTFUL to self, others and property RESPONSIBLE learners and citizens ACTIVE participants in school and community • Notebook – see requirements • Folder • pen/pencil • your ID Supplies
  2. 2. _______________________________ Student Name _______________________________ Student Signature _____________ Date I have read and understand the course guide. _______________________________ Parent/Guardian Name _______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature _____________ Date Cheating/Plagiarism: Don’t Do It! Plagiarism on papers and projects, cheating during tests/quizzes and copying of homework will NOT be tolerated. All parties involved will receive a ZERO on the assignment and I will contact home. Look at it this way – do not GIVE answers and do not TAKE answers. Both are considered cheating. What if I’m absent? Make-Up Work - As soon as you return, check for missed in-class and homework assignments. Extra papers will be available in the classroom. If you have any questions, please see me. Tests/Quizzes – If you are absent for a test or quiz you must see me to schedule your makeup. We can set up another time that is convenient for you. The test must be taken within a reasonable amount of time once you return to school. We will determine this time frame together. What is service learning? Service learning is a vital component of the spirit of Abington Senior High. Our students engage in service to their community, while choosing projects that interest them. Helping others is tremendously fulfilling and will be an unforgettable part of your high school years. All 10th grade students are required to complete 15 hours of service by June. Opportunities will be highlighted each month in the “Service Station” newsletter and you will reflect on your service in monthly journal entries. START NOW! “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison I will ALWAYS respect and appreciate your BEST EFFORT, so give it your all! Extra Help I am always available if you have questions or need help. I am accessible during periods 4, 5 and 7, before and after school by appointment. See me after class so we can set up a time and place for you to get extra help!