USand Virginia Government
Course Syllabus 2012-2013
Course Description: This course examines the structures of government and the economy in the United States. The balance and separation of powers within the US Governmentand the powers inherent to each branch and level, are emphasized. Democratic values and responsible participation in the community are stressed throughout the course.The United States’ political and economic roles in the global community are also analyzed. Basic principles inherent in the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of Virginia, the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom are examined and related to everyday life. Because of the conceptual nature of government and the constant interaction of current affairs, the manner in which the course is taught may vary from year to year
1, What is Government?6. State and local government
2. Foundations of the American7. Comparative government and
Political System and Constitutioneconomics
3. The US Constitution8. Practical Citizenship
4. Federalism9. Influencing Government
5. Organization of powers of 10. Citizenship and civil rights
The national government
This course provides one of the credits required for a standard or advanced studies diploma. Additionally, this course is a requirement for graduation.
Grading: A variety of graded assignments will figure into your nine-week, semester and final grades. All grades will be weighted according to their complexity, length and amount of content covered. Assessments(Quizzes, Tests, Projects) will account for 80% of your quarter grade while homework/classroom assignments(vocabulary, warm-ups, etc.) will account for 20% of your quarter grade.Semester and Final Grades will be determined by quarter and exam grades.Exams account for 20% of the semester and final grade.
Class Participation; Students will be given 100 points at the beginning of every quarter and can only lose those points.Possible ways to lose points include not being prepared for class with the appropriate materials, not having homework completed, not participating in class discussion and arriving to class with an unexcused tardy. Class participation isessential to this course and ALL students are expected to partake in discussion, questioning, and group activities.The participation grade will be part of the students’ homework/class work grade.
Loudoun County’s Grading scale will be used to determine test, quiz and the nine-week letter grades:
Makeup work: The responsibility to collect any make up work, including class notes, that has accumulated due to an absence, falls on the shoulders of the student. Majority of the makeup work can be found by visiting Mr. Bishop’s web site and/or on Mr. Bishop’s Loudoun Vision page.
Tests: If you miss school the day of a test or quiz, you will be expected to make up that quiz or test as soon as possible.Open Lunch and Flex are available times to make up a quiz or test.It is essential that you be in class on test days!
Late work: All work that is to be handed in must meet the identified deadline or points will be deducted. Every day an assignment is late a letter grade will be deducted (10 points). Daily homework grades will not be accepted late.*If an assignment is spot checked for a Class Participation grade, it will not be accepted late.
Materials: US Government
1. Notebook: Must be a 3-ring binder with 8 ½ X11 paper. All paperwork and notes given in class must be included in this folder. All units in the notebook are to be covered with a table of contents page
2. Textbook: Magruder’s American Government.Textbook is an essential part of the class. Please bring your textbook everyday to class.
3. Pen/Pencil w/highlighters optional.
Rules & Procedures:All County and School Rules will apply within the classroom.Expectations of the student are to follow all county and school rules.Failure to meet these expectations will lead to phone calls to parents and disciplinary action.
I encourage all parents to attend Back to School night on Monday, September 10th!!
I have read and understand the U.S. & VA Government Syllabus:
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