Topic outline

  • Course Description

    Civics is the study of what it means to be an American citizen.  Students will be able to consider and clarify their role as a citizen in their family, school, community, and our justice system.  Students will be able to analyze and discern our three branches of government and gain an appreciation for our democracy.  Students will also have an opportunity to use a wide variety of hands on activities.

    Students will also use current events to help them understand the world around them.  Students will use news magazines, the internet, and other sources to help gain knowledge about current event happenings.  Students will be able to identify how different perspectives influence beliefs and actions by identifying issues around which disagreements exist.

    Students will explore true civic responsibility through developing awareness for others.  This course will focus on “growing up” in the 21st Century and developing empathy for others.

  • We the People

    The United States is a model of freedom, democracy, and economic strength for the rest of the world. The hope of continued success as a world leader depends on whether citizens take an active part in our government and institutions.

  • Foundations of Government

    Our government is based on ideals of freedom and liberty. The freedoms we enjoy today began with those acts more than 230 years ago. We will look at these freedoms and liberties much more closely.

  • Rights and Responsibilities

    The Rights and Responsibilities that are listed in the Constitution are very important for students to understand as they become active citizens in the U.S.

  • Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Branches

    The Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Branches of government provide the structure to effectively run the United States of America. Students will look at all three branches, focusing on how each operates in conjunction with the other two.

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    The Political System

    For a few years after they won their independence, the 13 states acted like small, separate countries. Then they joined together under an agreement called the Constitution, which established the rules of the new country. Under the Constitution, the states set aside some of their own rights and powers for the good of the whole country. Those powers went to the new national government, while the states kept some of their powers. We'll investigate how these different roles play out in the political system.