Course Syllabus 2011-2012
Teacher: Mr. ValenzuelaSubject:
Civics in Action (8th Grade)
Civics: Government and Economics in Action (Prentice Hall)
Textbook Replacement Cost: $58.00
In this course, students will study about Civics, which are the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Inthis class we will be studying some essential topics: what it means to be an "American"; voting; theConstitution and the Bill of Rights; the desegregation of public schools in the 1960s and 1970s; thelegal system; and the United States and the world. We will also focus much of our work on a yearlongCivics in Action Project, where students will get the choice to decide what changes they would like tosee made in our community, and then take action!
Instructional ObjectivesMajor topics
covered throughout this course:Identity and the roots of American democracyThe voting systemThe ConstitutionThe Bill of Rights
Choices in Little Rock
The American Legal SystemThe United States and the WorldSome of the
key questions/writing prompts
that will be covered:Who am I? What does it mean to be an American?How does my vote matter in a democracy?How are shared powers essential to the Constitution? When should the Constitution be changed?What rights are citizens guaranteed in the Bill of Rights?How do the choices people make, individually and collectively, shape a society?Does the United States promote peace in the world?What is our responsibility as members of our community?
Required Student Products
For every unit, students will take a test and complete a project. This ensures that students have twoopportunities in each unit to maintain their grade. Students will also complete daily homework andclasswork assignments, all of which will be kept in their Interactive Student Notebook. Students will needto bring their Interactive Student Notebook with them to class everyday. All assignments (includingclasswork and homework) are
expected to “live” within the notebook. I will periodically collect the
notebook to check for organization, accuracy, and understanding. Other check-ins will include variousquizzes.