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Constitutional literacy and American citizenship



Misty Montgomery


Class size:

minimum 10, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-4) 1:30-2:50

(Wed-3) 12:05-1:50


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1 credit government / citizenship

  • Course Description

Class Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of democracy

  • Analyze our constitutional foundation

  • Identify civil liberties and civil rights

  • Compare and contrast the three branches of government

  • Apply knowledge of elections and political parties to real life

  • Understand and demonstrate how a bill is written and passed

  • Understand the basic roles and responsibilities of American citizenship

  • Examine the role of Christians in politics

Our class will include at-home reading assignments, note-taking, weekly discussions,
and special projects. Students will participate in vibrant discussions about government
and respond to the material with short answer questions, essays, and projects. We'll
study the foundations and structure of government that will equip them to make
informed decisions. This course also incorporates an assigned book reading spanning
the duration of the class, called Compassion & Conviction, which will address the role
and responsibility of Christians in politics.

This class will get hands-on with three larger special projects throughout the year: mock
election, mock trial, and mock legislature (all to be held in the classroom during class
time). Students will experience the inner workings of government by practicing how
government works in real time.

  • Homework

Approximately 2-3 hours each week for homework. There are three at-home projects.

  • Required Books & Materials

Painless American Government

by Jeffrey Strausser

ISBN: 978-0764126017

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Compassion and Conviction

by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler

ISBN: 978-0830848102

​The instructor will provide supplemental reading material including the Constitution, Federalist Papers, and various supporting documents.

  • spiral or notebook for notes

  • pen/pencil

  • professional dress for mock legislature and mock trial

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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