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Government - Course Syllabus 2009-2010

Government - Course Syllabus 2009-2010

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Course Syllabus - Mr. Irwin's 2009/2010 Government class.
Course Syllabus - Mr. Irwin's 2009/2010 Government class.

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University City High SchoolMr. Irwin - School Year 2009 – 2010
858-457-3040 Ext 102
www.mirwin.weebly.com
GOVERNMENTTEXT:
United States Government (Glencoe, 2003).
 COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 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.
COURSE METHODS:
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
Term projects
Current events
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% othe 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.
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5.Electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, iPods, other MP3 Players, CDPlayers or similar items are to be kept turned off and stored out of sight, in purse or backpack.6.Obey and follow all school rules, respect others and their material and property.
TARDIES AND TRUANCIES:
1.ONE (1) tardy results in a student/teacher talk and loss of citizenship points.2.TWO (2) tardies will result in a communication to parent or guardian and loss of citizenship points.3.THREE (3) tardies will result in detention and loss of citizenship points.4.FOUR (4) tardies will result in a referral and loss of citizenship points.5.TRUANCY – truancy policy SB813 will be enforced. A first offense truant will beassigned campus clean-up duties, and citizenship points will be deducted. A repeattruant will receive a referral, parent will be notified and citizenship points will bededucted.
HOMEWORK:
Weekly class work and/or homework assignments will be given. Students are expectedto complete all assignments, and to manage their time in such a way as to meet all duedates.
No late work will be accepted!!!
 
IRWIN WEBSITE & CLASS ASSIGNMENTS :
I maintain a website for my Government classes. The Internet address is:www.mirwin.weebly.comThis is where I post all class assignments, objectives and due dates. Students will visitthis site regularly. Parents are encouraged to visit the class website at any time, inorder to stay informed about tests, quizzes, homework assignments, projects and their respective due dates. This class website will be used as a portal to online quizzes thatwill comprise 20% of the student’s grade. Also from the class website, students andparents can email me, simply by clicking on the icon that says “Send Email to Mr. Irwin.”
MAKE-UP WORK:
Since it is expected that the student will be in class every day, except for legitimatereasons such as a serious illness, there should be very few instances in which a studentneeds to make up work. So that students can always stay informed about their assignments and due dates, all assignments will be posted on the class website. As theresult, students will be expected to turn in legitimately missed work on the day of their return or at the latest, within 24 hours. Legitimately missed tests must be made up byappointment after school, within the next five class days. The teacher reserves the rightto use alternative tests for make-up purposes. Failure to make up missed assignments,including tests, in the manner described, will result in a grade of “zero” for the missedassignment or test.
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LEARNING EXPECTATION:
The state of California has adopted educational standards that describe the knowledgeand skill sets that the student is expected to acquire as the result of this course of study.I will plan lessons that address these standards and will deliver a curriculum that meetsthe California Standards. In order to acquire the proper knowledge and skill setsmentioned,
the student must make the effort to learn, by accepting responsibilityfor all work assigned.CHEATING:
UCHS has an academic honesty policy that will be followed. Student behavior involvingany form of cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated. This includes cheating ontests or quizzes, using “canned” essays, copying another student’s homework, and/or any other form of dishonesty. Evidence of violation of the UCHS honesty policy willresult in a grade of zero for the assignment, no make up opportunity, a call home toparents and the lowering of the student’s citizenship grade to “U”. Repeat offenders willbe subject to more severe consequences that can include reporting the offense on thestudent’s high school transcript and/or receiving an “F” in Economics for the semester.
PARENT COOPERATION & INVOLVEMENT:
In order to maximize the learning process, I encourage parents to talk to their childrenregularly about school, homework, tests and projects, and to provide a homeenvironment that supports learning. I plan to call parents from time to time, to let themknow how their child is doing in class. Parents should feel free to contact me by emailor by phone, with any question about how their student is doing.
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