American Government Syllabus2012-2013Teacher: Jennilynn Hawn Room: Humanities 309Email:
American Government: Citizenship and Power
Course Description and Goals:
American Government is the study of the political developmentof the United States from its inception to the present. A student who takes this course will beable to identify major historical themes, people, events, and trends that have had a great impacton American political development. The goal is for every student to be able to understand why and how our government functions and what role we all play in its success or failure.
The following weighting system will be used. All grades are percent grades.
Major Assessments (Test/Projects) 45%Minor Assessments (Homework/Classwork) 25%Quizzes 15%Final Exam 10%Midterm Exam 5%Instructional Strategies/Assessments:
Teaching methods will include lectures, classdiscussions, films, oral presentations, group projects, class work, creative exercises, and avariety of student centered approaches. Assessments will occur as the school year progresses.Assessments will consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, matching, andessay questions. Quizzes and notebook checks will be given throughout the year.
A progress report addressing academic performance and conduct will besent home with the student according to dates issued by the Cartersville School System, whichwill be every six weeks. Check the school calendar located on the high school website.
Units of Study:
First Semester Second SemesterUnit Focus and Approximate Time Frame Unit Focus and Approximate Time Frame
Unit 1: Foundations (4 weeks) Unit 6: Judicial Branch (3 weeks)Unit 2: US Constitution (6 weeks) Unit 7: Criminal Justice (4 weeks)Unit 3: Elections (2 weeks) Unit 8: State and Local Governments (3 weeks)Unit 4: Executive Branch(3 weeks) Unit 9: Civic Responsibilities (3 weeks)Unit 5: Legislative Branch (3 weeks) Unit 10: US and World Affairs (3 weeks)
Your textbook and selected readings throughout the semester.
1 ½ inch Binder or folder dedicated to this class ONLY!
10 dividers (one per unit)
Loose leaf paper
Blue or black ink pens