Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year. In my class we will be focusing on Civics, which is the study of your rights and duties as a citizen. I hope that you guys are ready. LEGGO!!
Civics and Career Planning Course Syllabus 2012-2013
Ms. N. Taylor
Course Description: Are you aware of your duties and rights as an American citizen? If not, you're in the right place. Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship. In this course you will study the structure and foundations of the United States Government. Emphasis will be on the history, organization of the government, past and present implications of the US government, and legal proceedings. Civic understanding increases as students develop the skills to make informed decisions, to resolve conflicts peacefully, articulate and defend positions, and to engage in the civic and political life in their communities. Course Goals: To increase awareness about individual and civil rights, duties, and responsibilities/To develop civic responsibility and active civic participation /Give students the opportunity to obtain and analyze information about events which have and continue to characterize and shape the social, cultural, political, economic aspects of America/ To promote an understanding of the ethical and moral principles and values which are desirable for full and effective membership and participation, by every citizen, in the maintenance of American government.
Materials 3 ring binder with 5 dividers (labeled in this order Do Now/ Reflection, Vocabulary, Civics, Career Planning and Literacy Block) binder should not be used for another class College ruled paper Pens (blue or black ink) �
All assignments will be done in blue or black ink unless instructed otherwise. Pencils Highlighter Text: Citizenship, Economics and You: published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe 2013
Web based Textbook Support: http://www.glenco.mcgraw-hill.com
Course Expectations -Treat everyone with respect. -When Ms. Taylor speaks, you dont! -Raise your hand to be recognized. -Be on time, in your assigned seat and engaged in Do Now activities when the bell rings. -Remain seated at all times unless you are instructed otherwise. -You are expected to participate in all classroom activities. - No profanity or derogatory remarks should be made in Ms. Taylor's Classroom. -If you go to the rest room, you are responsible for the work missed. I will not stop my class instruction nor will I pause a test in order for a student to use the restroom. -Have all work turned in on time. No late work will be accepted
Absent work will be accepted, but only if your absence is excused. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to make up assignments. Students with unexcused absences will receive a Z for all missed work.
Restroom Students will not be allowed to go to the restroom more than 3 times during a grading period. Discipline Plan (3 strike rule) Derogatory language and disrespect= demerit/phone call/possible referral Inappropriate behavior (i.e. horseplay)= demerit/phone call/possible referral.
Students will be given a demerit for each tardy. Students conduct grade will be dropped one grade for any tardies over 3 and dropped another grade for each following tardy.
Students that are not in their assigned seat when they bell rings will be marked tardy. Grade Breakdown Test: 30% Quizzes: 20% Projects: 15% Class assignments: 30% Home Learning: 5% *Cheating is not permitted. Any student caught cheating will receive a failing grade on the assignment and a demerit.
Extra Credit: No extra credit will be given
Student Progress: Parents are encouraged to check their child's progress online through the Parent Internet Viewer (PIV) which is located on the Miami-Dade County Public School's Parent Portal- http://myportal.dadeschools.net . Please visit the schools office to obtain the required 6 digit PIN number in order to access this site.
Note to Parents I will work diligently to make this course a positive and learning experience for every student. You can partner with me in this effort by communicating immediately and directly with me should any concerns arise. Please feel free to contact me via email (email@example.com) or through the school. You can also check my website for classroom updates at http://www.classjump.com/t/totallytaylored/. Let us work together to make this the best year possible!