Constitutional literacy and American citizenship
minimum 10, maximum 16
Class time: (Meets once/week)
Pre-requisites for class:
1 credit government / citizenship
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.
Approximately 2-3 hours each week for homework. There are three at-home projects.
Required Books & Materials
by Jeffrey Strausser
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The instructor will provide supplemental reading material including the Constitution, Federalist Papers, and various supporting documents.
spiral or notebook for notes
professional dress for mock legislature and mock trial