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					American Government 122

Mrs. Ann Newton-Room 2309
Voice Mail 678-494-7844 ext. 439 Email-ann.newton@cobbk12.org
Course Syllabus
Text: United States Government,Democracy in Action by Richard C.
Remy, You will need to bring it to class each day unless told
otherwise.
YOU MUST PASS THIS CLASS TO GRADUATE!!!!!!
Content of the Course: This is a survey course in United States
government.   Our study will include the origin of governments,
comparative systems, and American history.      There will be
extensive examination of the U.S. Constitution.      The three
branches of the U.S. government (executive, legislative, and
judicial) will be studied from their establishment to how they
function today.

Unit 1-Foundations of American Government
     Chapter 1-People and Government
     Chapter 2-Origins of American Government

Unit 2-The Constitution and Federalism
     Chapter 3-The Constitution
     Chapter 4-The Federal System

Unit 3-Participating in Government
     Chapter 16-Political Parties
     Chapter 17-Elections and Voting
     Chapter 18-Interest Groups and Public Opinion
     Chapter 19-The Mass Media

Unit 4-The Legislative Branch
     Chapter 5-The Organization of Congress
     Chapter 6-Development of Congressional Powers
     Chapter 7-Congress at Work
Unit 5-The Executive Branch
     Chapter 8-The Presidency
     Chapter 9-Presidential Leadership
     Chapter 10-The Federal Bureaucracy

Unit 6-The Judicial Branch
     Chapter 11-The Federal Court System
     Chapter 12-Supreme Court Decision Making


These are the approximate dates for testing and remediation and
reassessment.

Unit I
Test 08/30
Remediation 09/06, Retest 09/07
Unit II
Test 09/20
Remediation 09/26, Retest 09/27

Unit III
Test 10/11
Remediation 10/17, Retest 10/18

Unit IV
Test 11/01
Remediation 11/07, Retest 11/09 (11/08 is election day)

Unit V
Test 11/15
Remediation 11/28, Retest 11/29

Unit VI
Test 12/13
Remediation 12/19, Retest 12/20


U.S. Government Remediation/Reassessment Plan:
      Every student will be allowed the opportunity to show proficiency for each standards-based,
       summative, assessment.
      If a student scores less than a 70% on the unit test, they have the option of retaking that test
       after completing the following remediation plan.
            o Step one – the student must complete the chapter assessment for each chapter in the
                unit (or an applicable assignment as designated by the teacher).
            o Step two – the student must bring the completed chapter assessments with them to
                one of the two reassessment tutoring/review sessions, 7:30-8:10am or 3:35-4:15pm,
                offered for that particular unit by a United States Government Teacher.
                     If ALL Unit assessments are not completed (or attempted to be completed) at
                         the time of the review session, the reassessment will NOT be allowed.
                     These dates can be found on the teacher’s blog and course syllabus.
                     Student must stay and participate for entire review session.
            o Step three – the student will be reassessed the day following the review session, again
                either in the morning or afternoon.
      The higher of the two scores will be counted, and the maximum grade that can be earned is a
       70%.
      **Remediation Assignment is subject to change depending on student needs. **




The important concepts concerning Citizenship and Equal Justice
and Public Policy will be incorporated in our study for all units.
Methods of Instruction: Critical thinking exercises, problem-
solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques help
develop intellectual and participatory skills while increasing
students   understanding   of   the   institutions  of   American
constitutional democracy. Daily lessons will consist of lecture,
class discussions and analysis, audio-visuals with specific focus
and insight into topics and governmental and legal procedures,
research and debate. Students will be assigned chapter readings
at the beginning of each unit. There will be some questions on
each test that are covered in the book but not in class lecture,
so please read! Throughout the semester additional readings will
be handed out by Mrs. Newton.     Information from these handouts
will also be covered in tests and quizzes.           Reading and
understanding current affairs is essential in the study of U.S.
Government.   Students must be aware of all important events in
domestic and foreign policy. READ, READ, READ, AND LISTEN TO NEWS
BROADCASTS ON A DAILY BASIS! There may be pop quizzes to check up
on your knowledge of current events.

Grading: Your grades will be based on a point system. It is your
responsibility to keep up with your own grades and your current
average. You will be graded on grammar and spelling.

Formative Assessments-------------25%

Summative Assessments:

     Projects/Tests---------------50%

     Quizzes----------------------15%

Final Exam------------------------10%

Final Exam:   150 Points

Projects:     150-200 Points
Daily assignments: Formative assessments, and quizzes will be
graded on a regular basis. All work should be turned in on time
for full credit.    On time means at the beginning of the class
period on or before the due date. Half credit will be given if the
work is turned in one day late. Most of these grades will range
from 20 to 60 points. Students will also be graded on
participation. This participation includes organized discussions
of current events and readings assigned by the teacher.
Tests:   Each unit test will count 100 points.    A unit test may
cover anywhere from one to four chapters.
Project: This semester each student will be required to do one or
more projects.   These projects will have as many or more points
than a major test. These projects may include a written report,
an oral report, illustrations, pictures and maps. An audio-visual
presentation may also be required. (Examples: debates, current
events, essays, and biographies)     These projects could involve
group work.
For every Unit, each student will be required to bring in an
article from a newspaper or from a news sources on the internet.
This may also be a transcript from a news program (for example:
NPR or Meet the Press). Students will also fill out a form for
critical analysis of the information in these articles.     These
articles must concern the unit of study that we are discussing in
class. Students will receive a handout with more information.

With our study of the election process, voting behavior and the
executive branch all students will work on specific group
activities.
Students will be responsible for creating Public Opinion Questions
and conducting a Mock Election. You will receive handouts with
more specific information.

Notebook: Students are required to keep a notebook in this class.
Notebooks must include all notes, vocabulary lists, film
questions, and any other formative assessments. The notebook is
to be a three ring loose leaf binder. Notebooks may be checked in
the form of a quiz using only your notebook.

Make-up work: School policy will be followed according to the
student handbook.

Course Outline:
Types of Governments and Comparative Governments
Foreign Policy (History and development)
Historical Development of the U.S. Government
The Constitution
U.S. Congress
The Political Process:        public opinion, media, elections,
political   parties,   voting    and  special    interest groups.

Presidency
Supreme Court and the Federal Courts
Civil Rights
State and Local Government
AT THE TEACHER’S DISCRETION PACING, MATERIALS PRESENTED, AND
PRODUCTS MAY CHANGE BASED ON THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS AND
/OR CLASSES.


EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE POSTED ON THE BLOG.
   Movies/documentaries/field trips directly tied to curriculum
   standards will be listed. The proper assignment sheets must be
   used when completing this work. Field trips are per semester.
    Movies/Documentaries are per Unit.
PRINT STUDENT’S FULL NAME____________________________________
PLEASE READ, SIGN AND RETURN TO MRS. NEWTON


American Government
Mrs. Ann Newton
Room 2309
Voice mail 678-494-7844 ext.439
Email-ann.newton@cobbk12.org


Fall Semester 2011
Dear Parents,

I want to welcome you back to Kell High School! I am looking forward to working with
your child to insure that his/her academic growth reaches its full potential.      I
consider my classroom a team effort incorporating teacher, student and parent.
Communication is the key to success.

If you are new to the area, you will find that an on-line program called Pinnacle allows
you to monitor your child’s progress in all of his/her classes.
My e-mail address is ann.newton@cobbk12.org Please feel free to contact me if you have
any questions or concerns.    I will reply as quickly as possible.    We have a limited
number of phone lines at Kell making phone contact difficult but if you do not have e-
mail, you may call me at the school number 678-494-7844, ext.439.

Thank you for your support as we look forward to this semester.

Sincerely,

Ann Newton
Social Studies

As a way of supplementing material in the classroom, there may be some historical
movies, documentaries, and political commentaries that are shown in class.       It is
possible that these movies may have a PG-13 rating. These movies or clips may contain
some violence and adult language.      The movies will be accompanied by a writing
assignment for the students to complete. Should you wish for your student NOT to watch
the movie, an alternative assignment will be provided for him/her in the media center.
By signing below, you are granting permission for your student to view a supplemental
movie, documentary, or political commentary for this course of study that is rated PG-
13.


I have   read the course syllabus and classroom procedures.      All of the material was
fully explained and I understand what is expected in this class.
I know that I must PASS THIS CLASS IN ORDER TO GRADUATE!!!!
PLEASE PRINT:

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