University City High SchoolMr. Irwin - School Year 2009 – 2010
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United States Government (Glencoe, 2003).
This one semester course gives a broad overview of modern forms of government,present in today’s global community. It provides the student an opportunity to acquiredetailed knowledge of the philosophy behind the democratic form of governmentpracticed in the United States. In this course, the United States Constitution is studiedin detail. The overall objective of this course is to prepare Seniors for their place insociety, by helping them learn how our government works, how it can be changed andwhat rights and freedoms our Constitution guarantees us.
Reading from textbook, newspapers and other material
Lectures and note taking
Class discussions relating to assigned readings
Films and slide shows
Homework including assigned readings and written responses
Small group activities
GRADING POLICY AND SCHOLARSHIP:
A weighted points system will be used to determine student grades as detailed below:1.Tests will comprise 50% of a student’s grade.2.Quizzes will comprise 20% of a student’s grade.3.Written class work, homework and notes in student’s notebook will comprise 15% of the grade.4.Term projects will comprise 15% of the student’s grade.
CLASSROOM RULES AND POLICIES:
1.The student is to be on time, in assigned seat and beginning work by the time thebell rings.2.The student will come to class prepared to work by bringing all needed materialssuch as notebook, paper, pencil, pen, textbook and any other material that may berequired.3.Respect the authority of the teacher and the rights of all students to learn.4.Obtain teacher recognition before speaking; do not talk when the teacher or anacknowledged student is speaking.