DUE 10/5/20: HOMEWORK: Complete the "Who is Who?" document on the Assignments page on Teams.
Due 9/29/20: Homework: Fill out the "Applying Consequences to Your Project" document on the Assignments page on Teams.
Due 9/23/20: HOMEWORK: Read the article "Megafire" in the Class Materials folder on your Files page in Teams. Then answer the questions on the article in the document posted to your Assignments page on Teams.
Due 9/17/20: HOMEWORK: Be sure to write a paragraph about the issue you chose. Follow directions in the document "Finding Your Why" posted to your Assignments page on Teams.
Due 9/14/20: HOMEWORK: Read the article "2020 Education Ballot Measure" in the Class Materials folder on your Files page in Teams. Then answer the questions on the article in the document posted to your Assignments page on Teams. HOMEWORK Part II: Be sure to pull together your issues list and post potential topics you are considering in the document posted to your Assignments page on Teams.
Due 9/10/20: HOMEWORK: Complete the worksheet "Evaluating Rules and Laws" posted on your Assignments page on Teams.
Due 8/31/20: HOMEWORK: Complete the "Public Policy and Civil Society Solutions to Problems" worksheet in time for class Monday. The document is posted to your Assignments page on Teams.
Due 8/27/20: HOMEWORK: Be sure to read the article on "Vigilante Justice" and answer the questions post to your Assignments page on Teams.
OVERVIEW: Students will reflect on the ways society is organized and how decisions are made both through and apart from government. This class will consider the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, including how public policy is developed and how authority and responsibility are assigned. In addition, student will examine the relationship of the individual to the law and to the legal system.
CLASS PLAN: Students are expected to read, write and participate every class. Class will generally consist of a topic of discussion that students will be able to develop throughout the duration of the meeting time. Students will be expected to apply the lesson to experiences they have had personally or know about. Work will be produced individually and in groups. In addition, grading for the class will consist of regular quizzes and occasional scheduled exams as well as an essay at the end of the first semester and a project at the end of the second semester. A more specific breakdown of the grading details can be found below under “Grading Criterion.”
LESSONS: The class will be divided into four parts that will roughly follow the quarterly timeline of the school. Each part will focus on an important element of an engaged citizenry, needed for a well-functioning government and a healthy civil society. The focus of each part will be as follows: Part I: Authority Part II: Privacy Part III: Responsibility Part IV: Justice
MATERIALS: Students are expected to follow all the rules in the school’s Code of Conduct as well as the remote teaching addendum. These include arriving to class on time and ready to begin, avoiding distracting behavior or environments, and other important instructions. Please be familiar with those. In addition, students should have the following materials with them at the start of each Civics class. When students attend class unprepared, it will negatively impact their grade: Pen and/or pencil; A writing surface such as a notebook or binder with loose leaf paper; Notes from previous classes in a neat and accessible format.
GRADING CRITERION: Consistent with Sky Island High Schools Uniform Syllabus, student grades will be determined based on a number of factors including: attendance on time, active participation in class, preparation for class and organization of work, completed work including homework, classwork, essays, etc., and exams and other evaluative tools.
It is your responsibility to ensure these rules are followed and that you put forward your best work. Falling short on any and each of these things will negatively affect your grade.
ONLINE ACCESS: Until it is safe for in-class instruction to resume, students will attend class remotely through Teams and Zoom. Go to the Teams page for this class to find more information and for the Zoom link.