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Government / OK History

Constitutional literacy, civics, and major events in Oklahoma history

*9th graders may enroll with instructor approval.

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Kim Heinecke


Class time:

(5) 2:55-4:00


Class size:

minimum 10, maximum 16


Pre-requisites for class:



Additional fees:



Graduation requirement:

1/2 credit government,

1/2 credit OK History

  • Course Description

This class will be split into two sections: US Government and Oklahoma History. Both are required for high school graduation.


Government - 20 weeks

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 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.

Oklahoma History - 11 weeks

In Oklahoma History, students will examine the people and events that have formed and transformed our state. The student will examine important political and ideological movements, as well as economic, cultural, and political accomplishments. They'll explore the major events of state history and develop critical thinking skills about our changing state.

  • 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.

There is no textbook for Oklahoma History. Students will be provided with reading material.

  • spiral or notebook for notes

  • pen/pencil

  • Homework

Approximately 2-3 hours each week for homework. There is one at-home project due for each class.

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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