39 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH 03766
(603)727-4772  
 
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Ledyard Charter School

39 Hanover St.

P.O. Box 327

Lebanon, NH 03766

(603) 727-4772

www.ledyardcharterschool.net

 

Syllabus:

Civics

Patrick Darley

LCS

August 29-January 19, Period 4, 1220-1310

 

Course Description:  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.



NEEDS AND RESOURCES

 

Required Materials:

To successfully complete this course, you will need

  • Various texts TBA*
  • Pencil
  • Notebook with notepaper

 

*Will be provided by LCS

COURSE SCHEDULE:

 

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

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

General Rules:

 

Students cannot miss more than 15 classes and receive credit for the course. 5 late arrivals/removals equal an absence.

Student Responsibilities:

 

  • Arrive to School/Class on time daily
  • Be prepared and ready to learn
  • Voice opinion in a respectful way
  • Strive for academic excellence
  • Take responsibility for your own actions

 

Schoolwide Expectations:

 

Our goal is for each student to identify his/her learning style; learn to effectively advocate for oneself; be respectful in communications and actions; acquire self-determination skills necessary to succeed; and to develop transition plans for life after high school.

 

  • Learning Style:

 

Learning style is developing an understanding of yourself and how you learn.

 

  • Self-Advocacy:

 

As a student, self-advocacy is communicating your needs so you can have control of your life.

 

  • Respect:

 

As a student, using social skills will allow you to respect yourself, your environment, and others.

 

  • Self-Determination:

 

Self-determination skills will allow you to manage and overcome obstacles in your life and to ultimately achieve success.

 

  • Transition:

 

Transition is learning to effectively manage change.

 

Grading Policies:

Each student is graded on participation and fulfillment of student responsibilities (5 pts per day) in addition to formative assessments (5-10 pts each), and summative assessments (10-20 pts each). Assignments turned in more than a week after returning from an absence will receive no credit.      





Grading Scale:

A+

97-100

B+

87-89

C+

77-79

D+

67-69

   

A

93-96

B

83-86

C

73-76

D

63-66

F

0-59

A-

90-92

B-

80-82

C-

70-72

D-

60-62

   

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Patrick Darley, LCS
  • (603) 727-4772 M-F 8am-4pm
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Student Signature: _____________________________________ Date: _____

 

Parent Signature:   _____________________________________ Date: _____

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