American Government Ms. Kathie Kunz How to find me: Room 205 Office: In the IB office (across from the auditorium) Email: [email protected] Phone: 416-6209 Schedule: Periods 4,6,8 World History Period 5: IB Student Council Period 7: American Government Purpose of Course Many people find it difficult at first to discuss politics for a variety of reasons. You may feel ill informed about current events, confused about how our government works or apathetic – assuming government has nothing to do with your life. However, regardless of the choices you make developing careers or family, you will all be citizens. In a republic such as ours, citizenship carries rights and responsibilities. This course will provide you with the fundamentals to understanding how our government works, and why your participation in it is critical to the success of a democratic nation. Thus, expect to actively participate daily – through simulations, a field trip, discussions, writing, and even lectures. Units of Study I. Purpose of Government (Local government) II. The Road to a Republic III. Principles of the Constitution IV. Civil Liberties (Judicial Branch) V. Political Process (Executive Branch) VI. Domestic Policy (Legislative Branch) Classroom Policy and Expectations: Attendance: PHS attendance/tardy policy will be enforced as it pertains to final exams. However, unexcused tardies and absences will also affect your grade through the “Class Bank.” Advance: 100 points (for daily class participation) Withdrawals: -5 for unexcused tardies -10 for unexcused absences -10 for disruptive/disrespectful behavior -10 for lack of participation -5 for excessive trips to retrieve binder or assignments Deposits: + 10 points for 3 unused Mercy slip IF all assignments were turned in throughout the semester Consider this a “free” A on a test. It is in your best interest to be on time and come to class ready to participate. If you are tardy, please sign in before taking your seat and do not disrupt the class. Materials: You are required to bring a 3-ring binder with notepaper and assignments, your Learning Log, and writing implements daily. Your textbook is an additional resource. Behavior: Respect and personal responsibility are the keys. Disagree with opinions not the person – respectfully Develop personal integrity. Do your own work and pull your own weight in group activities Manage your time appropriately Keep table and room clean – we share this space with 150 people a day. Communicate – please let me know if you have any concerns whatsoever Monitoring Grade: This class is required for graduation. Check grades regularly online, and let me know ASAP if there is a discrepancy. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO JEOPARDIZE GRADUATION!!! Assignments: The Assignment Calendar only works when used . It is your responsibility to keep track of due dates and note changes to the schedule. For full credit, provide full answers. Make up Work: Late homework assignments will receive a zero, but you may have a reprieve (not a pardon) for occasional lapses. 3 mercy passes will be granted each semester but are good only the NEXT day. Major projects will drop 10 % each day late. Talk to me before a problem arises for extenuating circumstances. PHS policy will apply for EXCUSED absences; please let me know if you will be missing class for field trips or vacations in advance. Enrichment Points: Demonstrating Civic Responsibility is the only way to earn extra points and is limited to once each quarter (due the week before quarter ends). The options, listed on the next page, are all ways that adults exercise civic responsibility throughout the year, and good habits to form now.