Civics/American Government is a required course for graduation. The focus of this course is to prepare students to participate in exercising their political responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. Civics provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation. Emphasis is placed on the historical development of government and political systems, and the importance of the rule of law; the United States Constitution; Federal, State and local government structure; and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students will actively investigate local, state and national issues, read and participate in discussions, and develop informed arguments using a variety of writing forms.
Specifically, the course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The ideals and beliefs shared by Americans and the meaning of citizenship.
- The historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of the U.S. government system.
- The U.S. Constitution and the components and balances of the federal government.
- The importance and relevance of the Bill of Rights and amendments in the past and today.
- The role and development of political parties and the election process in our two-party system.
- State and local government in order to understand how public policy is formed and why it is important to participate in local government.
Unit One: Citizenship
Unit Two: Forms of Government
Unit Three: Democracy
Unit Four: The Constitution
Unit Five: Elections
Unit Six: United States Court Systems
Unit Seven: Local Government
- Patrick Darley, LCS
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