Welcome to Civics 9!
Thank you for supporting your student's
education! I am excited to work with you and your student. Together we can help him/her have a successful year.
This course is divided into two areas of study regarding our civic life. First, it provides students with knowledge of the development, and the organization of our democratic form of government. During that process students will learn about the ideas and documents that form the foundation of our system of government. The second part of the course focuses on political parties, campaigns, elections, and the roles of active citizens in the our civic life.
SPECIFIC LEARNING TARGETS
- major documents and cultures that contributed to the creation of our democracy.
- major principles embedded in the U.S. Constitution.
- the cause and effect events that led to our independence from Great Britain.
- the amendment process and some of the most significant amendments to the Constitution, including The Bill of Rights.
- major conflicts, and compromises made to resolve those conflicts at the Constitutional Convention.
- the sequence of events in the presidential election process.
- differences in beliefs between Republicans and Democrats in the two party system, and the influence of third parties.
- the requirements for voting in an election.
- factors that influence voters.
- three ways in which a person can become a citizen of the U.S.
The course will also provide an opportunity for students to develop organizational skills, social skills, and an appreciation of the importance and complexities of current events. The overall goal is to help students achieve a high level of responsible citizenship.
The term grade is broken down into four categories that carry different weights.
1. Weekly quizzes - 35% - these are generally given on the last day of the week. They are usually ten questions long and assess understanding of the learning targets taught during the week.
2. Unit tests - 35% - there will be three unit tests. These tests are 35-40 multiple choice questions that assess all the learning targets and some current events taught during the unit. Weekly quizzes and unit tests may be retaken within a week of the day it was given. Retakes must be taken before or after school, or during advisement.
3. Daily work - 15% - these are daily activities and assignments that are handed in to be graded.
4. Final Assessment Test - 10% - This is a district wide test that assesses understanding of all the learning targets taught during the trimester.
5. Volunteer Service - 5% - District 11 policy requires all 9th graders to complete five hours of community service. The due date for completing the hours is Friday, November 14. More detailed information will be provided to students in class, and will be posted on this site.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
What students need to bring to class everyday are:
- lined notebook paper.
- a one and a half inch three ring binder.
- a pencil, or blue or black ink pen.
- acceptance of others.
- a positive attitude.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
I am a 1977 graduate of Anoka High School and taught at AHS for three years in the late 1980's. In 2004 I was very happy to return to AHS after teaching at Roosevelt and Oak View Middle Schools for about 15 years. I also served as the administrator of the district's Mid Level Alternative School for two years. I look forward to working with all parent/guardians and students in having a successful 9th grade year! Please contact me with any questions and/or concerns and I will do likewise.