The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy.
Upon completion of this course the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system.
This course is recommended for seniors due to their proximity to voting and draft age.
Welcome to Government and Citizenship! Before starting any assignment, please read the following:
- Most assignments include links to the US Government HippoCampus website. These videos help you understand the main ideas in this class. If you can't get the video to play, you can also read the material instead.
- If you have a problem or question, inform the teacher immediately; don't wait. The teacher's contact information is under the link Teacher Contact Information.
- You must have an active email address with the same address you registered with at the Electronic High School. You must answer all inquiries by the instructor. Failure to comply results in a lower grade.
- When you write an essay, it must be long enough to cover all aspects of the question.
- Keep copies of all the work you submit. This protects your work in an emergency. You may need to resubmit the work.
- Every assignment must be completed in the order that they appear in the course syllabus. You must complete each assignment with 60% or better in order to pass the class. You can redo assignments for a higher score if you would like.
- You must finish the course within ten weeks. There are pacing suggestions at the end of each assignment, to help you stay on track to finish in the ten weeks or less.
- Please use a word document to create your assignments so you can copy and paste your finished work into the assignment submission form, always saving a copy for yourself. If you have specific concerns, e-mail the instructor. Never share your copy with another student.
Assignment Format and Rules
Top of the page:
- the name of student
- the unit number
- the name of the assignment
- the number and question written out with the answer
Body of the assignment:
- questions written out (properly numbered and ordered)
- answers in complete sentences listed with questions (properly numbered and ordered)
- proper writing mechanics
- do your own work
- document your information sources
- you signed up as an individual, do your work as an individual
- plagiarism is against the law and the honor code at EHS
Scoring Procedures and Grading:
- The teacher will leave feedback for each assignment in the comments section or on the rubric. Check these comments to make sure you are doing the assignment correctly.
- The first essay assignment for each unit is a "Warm Up" activity for that unit. Use facts to back up your opinion. Use the internet or a high school government textbook to help you research and write the answer to the essay questions.
- Make sure that you put research you have found on the internet in your own words. If you copy and paste answers from the internet, you will receive a zero.
- You are required to complete a quiz as you complete each unit. As soon as you have completed that quiz, you get immediate feedback showing you which questions you answered correctly. This score is automatically recorded in the grade book. Retaking each quiz until you have scored at least 85% will ensure you are ready for the final test.
- When you complete the final assignment for the course, submit the "Ready" assignment to let your teacher know you think you have finished. When the teacher marks that assignment with a score of "1", you may set up your final test. Then follow the procedure outlined by EHS for that proctored exam. Your final is graded automatically and you can check your score when you finish. Your teacher will let you know your final grade for the course.
- You must finish the class, including taking the final, in ten weeks or less. At the end of ten weeks, you will be dropped from the class.
- Your assignments and quizzes count for 75% of your grade. The final test counts for 25%. The final is made up of questions from the quizzes and exams in that quarter. The final has fifty multiple-choice questions and each question is worth eight points.
No credit - below 60
I look forward to working with you. This will be a terrific quarter!