• American Government

     

    Academic Year: 2020-2021                                  Kent Island High School

    Teacher:          Ms. Hurlock                  Email: Kristin.Hurlock@qacps.org

    Department:    Social Studies                                                        Credit:  1

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

     

    Government is the introductory social studies course offered in grade ten. The aim of the course is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of becoming a well-rounded, productive, and knowledgeable citizen in our society. We will also be looking at current events that are shaping our world today.

     

    COURSE OUTCOMES:

     

    1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the historical development and current status of principles, institutions and processes of political systems in Maryland, the United States and the world.
    2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the history, diversity and commonality of the peoples of the nation and world, the reality of human interdependence, the need for global cooperation and a perspective that is multi-cultural.
    3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of geographic concepts and processes as needed to examine the role of culture, technology and the environment in the location and distribution of human activities.
    4. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the historical development and current status of economic principles, institutions, needed to be effective citizens, consumers and workers in American Society.

     

    Course Outline:

     

     

    Topic/Unit of Study

     

    Time Frame

    (No. of days/weeks)

     

    Assessment(s)

    1.Foundations of the United States  Government

        

    10 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    2.  The Legislative Branch

    14 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    3.  The Executive Branch

    13 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    4.  The Judicial Branch 

    9 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    5.  Justice For All

    10 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    6. Environmental Policy

    8 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    7. Foreign Policy

    10 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    8. Economics

    8 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

     

    9. Personal Finance

    5 Days

    Interactive Notebook Activities, Review and Assessments

    TEXTBOOKS/MATERIALS

     

     Online Textbook:
               

    Materials needed for Virtual Learning:

    ·       QACPS Issued Laptop

    • Internet Access
    • Access to Schoology.com  - Course Code: HTRH-5ZRK-88T62

     

    Suggested Resources:

    • Notebook for note-taking- traditional notetaking has been linked with stronger retention
    • Paper to sketch out assignments/activities
    • Pens/Pencils as needed

     

    Virtual Classroom Procedures

     

    • Students are required to attend SYNCHRONUS Instructional Sessions on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:15 -11:00 a.m.

    • Students are required to attend a check in session on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:15 to 10:25 a.m.

    • Students will complete ASYNCHRONUS Instructional Activities on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

    • Students will be expected to actively engage with teacher instruction on the synchronous instructional days.
    • The content of this course requires an appropriate level of maturity and respect. Students are expected to demonstrate this maturity and respect at all times.
    • Assignments will distributed via Schoology.com. Students can access the classroom with the follow course code : HTRH-5ZRK-88T62
    • All Assignments will have a due date/time that will be adhered to. Late work WILL BE penalized up to 50% (exceptions for EXCUSED absences only).
    • Make-up work and assessments are allowed according to the attendance policies of QACPS & KIHS.

     

    Discipline Policies

    • All classroom discipline and attendance/tardy policies concur with the policies set forth by the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education and Kent Island High School, which may be found in the student agenda book.

     

    Additional Student Assistance

     

    • Students who are in need of extra instructional support or help will have the ability to receive such help via Office Hours
    • Office Hours (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday)
      • 8:00 – 10:15 a.m.
      • 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

    GRADING POLICY:

     

    Student assignments will be divided among two categories: Progress and Mastery.

                                                 

    Assignment Type

    Percentage

    Progress

    50%

    Daily Assignments via Schoology

     

    Review Activities via Schoology

     

     

     

    Mastery Assessments

    50%

    Chapter Assessments

     

     

     

     

     

     

    * Any student who scores below a 70% on an assessment (midterm and final exam excluded), may retake that assessment within 10 days, at a time agreed upon between the student and teacher.

     

    Please keep in mind that Government is a required course. If your student fails Government, he/she will be required to re-take the course

     

    Parent-Teacher communication is essential to student success. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 410-604-2070 ext. 5617 or email Kristin.Hurlock@qacps.org