Ms. Klein, U.S. Government Course Expectations
LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL DISTANCE EDUCATIONS COURSE EXPECTATIONS SCHOOL YEAR: 2020-2021
COURSE TITLE: U.S. Government and Economics
Instructor: Ms. R. Klein, M. Ed.
Phone: (702) 799-1777 Extension: 2319
Website Address: www.legacyhigh.net
Course Scope: Course Scope:
This one semester course is a study of United States federal, state, local, and tribal governments. Students apply constitutional principles to assess the growth and development of the United States government and political system. Students will evaluate financial decision making, investigate how market systems work, and examine globalization. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. Effective instruction in social studies incorporates both the disciplinary skills and the content themes and requires historical thinking, robust academic discussions and engaging writing instruction. This course is designated as honors level by the accelerated instructional pacing and depth of content. This course fulfills the U.S. Government credit required for high school graduation.
To explain in terms of concepts the components of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national, state, local, and tribal governments.
[SS.9-12.CE.27, SS.9-12.CE.28, SS.9-12.CE.29, SS.9-12.CE.32]
To evaluate the contributions made by the founding fathers and other political philosophers toward establishing the basic principles of American democracy.
[SS.9-12.CE.13, SS.9-12.CE.15, SS.9-12.CE.16, SS.9-12.CE.37]
To evaluate the impact of the judicial system and how it has affected civil rights and liberties of the citizens in the United States. [SS.9-12.CE.35, SS.9-12.CE.36]
To analyze the sources of public authority and political power and the manner in which the two relate to individual civil rights and liberties.
[SS.9-12.CE.14, SS.9-12.CE.23, SS.9-12.CE.24, SS.9-12.CE.25]
To assess the relationship between political beliefs and voter behavior of individuals in a democratic society.
[SS.9-12.CE.22, SS.9-12.CE.24, SS.9-12.CE.31, SS.9-12.CE.34, SS.9-12.CE.40]
To synthesize the concepts of political parties, the media, and interest groups and their impact on the American political system.
[SS.9-12.CE.30, SS.9-12.CE.31, SS.9-12.CE.38]
To critique the growth and development of American bureaucracy created to ensure the stability of the nation’s social, economic, environmental, and political institutions.
[SS.9-12.CE.17, SS.9-12.CE.26, SS.9-12.CE.33, SS.9-12.CE.39, SS.9-12.CE.41,
To investigate the Nevada Constitution and current political climate.
To analyze the roles of the President and Congress in international relations.
[SS.9-12.CE.20, SS.9-12.CE.21, SS.9-12.CE.42]
To analyze market structure in the United States and critique the effects of globalization on trade.
[SS.9-12.CE.43, SS.9-12.CE.44, SS.9-12.CE.45, SS.9-12.CE.46, SS.9-12.CE.47,
To investigate fiscal and monetary policy of the United States and its impact on Nevada. [SS.9-12.CE.48, SS.9-12.CE.49, SS.9-12.CE.50, SS.9-12.CE.51]
To explain how financial decisions are made and how they can affect a person’s life.
[SS.9-12.FL.1, SS.9-12.FL.2, SS.9-12.FL.3, SS.9-12.FL.4]
To investigate the use of credit, tools of investing, and measuring financial risk.
[SS.9-12.FL.5, SS.9-12.FL.6, SS.9-12.FL.7, SS.9-12.FL.8, SS.9-12.FL.9, SS.9-12.FL.10]
To use information, media, technology, and literacy skills necessary to research, communicate, and demonstrate critical thinking. [SS.9-12.CE.1 – SS.9-12.CE.12]
- Grading Scale:
- 90% - 100% A
- 80% - 89% B
- 70% - 79% C
- 60% - 69% D
- Below 60% F
* Grades will be rounded to the nearest whole number. Ex. 89.5 = 90.0 = A.
Description of Grading Procedures
Assignments/Assessments will be weighted as follows:
- Unlimited activities, but should be contained within the live class period
- Work to be done during the Google recordings and/or live sessions. This is work that students can do if they miss the live session, but they view the recording.
- Example: Grammar practice, Quick Writes, Reflections, Exit Tickets etc
- Any assessment or assignment outside of the class
- Example: Summative assessments, projects, essays etc.
- Semester Grades:
- 45% Quarters 1 and 3 Grade
- 45% Quarters 2 and 4 Grade
- 10% Semester Final Examination
- AP Course Semester Grades:
- 40% Quarter 1/3 Grade
- 40% Quarter 2/4 Grade
- 20% Semester
Make-up Work/Late Work/Retakes:
- Absent Work (using Distance Education regulation): Students will be allowed to turn in assignments up to one-week past the due date with no penalty if they are absent. After one week, the assignment is considered late.
- Late Work Procedures: Any assessment or assignment passed the due date, assigned by the teacher, will be accepted and graded with a 10% deduction. The last day to turn in assignments or assessments for the quarter is one week before the last day of the quarter. (Example: Quarter 1 will accept NO late work after October 2, 2020).
- Re-takes: To retake an assessment or assignment, the student must request to meet with the teacher, through email and discuss details of the retake.
Teacher Office Hours:
- Morning Hours: 6:45am to 7:00am
- Afternoon Hours: 1:25pm to 1:56pm
- It is recommended that students email teachers to set up an appointment if they cannot reach them during the morning or afternoon office hours. Teacher availability varies depending on the day.
A student is considered present/participating for an attendance day and course based on the following definitions:
- The student makes progress in their classwork leading toward mastery of the Nevada Academic Content Standards and/or a course’s completion that can be verified through a learning management system or other means.
- The student participates in a real-time class session (e.g., attends a live Google Meet).
- The student meets with or otherwise communicates with a licensed teacher or licensed substitute teacher who is able to discuss the student’s progress in the particular course.
Digital Classroom Behavior Expectations:
- Demonstrate respect for yourself, your peers, your teacher, your school, and your education through your words, your actions, and your attitude.
- Begin class with all necessary materials out, prepared, and ready.
- Please listen to rules, directions, instructions, and procedures the first time they are given.
- Let the teacher teach and the students learn.
Digital Classroom Conduct for Google Meets and Canvas:
- Mute your camera and microphone until you have a question
- Google Meets will be utilized for synchronous learning
- Canvas will be utilized for all submitted assignments and review of content
- Student participation will be recorded so that other students can have continued access to the discussion or so that you can review important points.
Plagiarism is the copying of any material from another person without giving that person credit for the idea. Should any student copy the work of another student or printed source, the student will receive zero points for the assignment, a phone call home to notify guardians, and a referral to the discipline office.
There is a clear expectation that all students will perform academic tasks with honor and integrity, with the support of parents, staff, faculty, administration, and the community. The learning process requires students to think, process, organize and create their own ideas. Throughout this process, students gain knowledge, self-respect, and ownership in the work that they do. These qualities provide a solid foundation for life skills, impacting people positively throughout their lives. Cheating and plagiarism violate the fundamental learning process and compromise personal integrity and one’s honor. Students demonstrate academic honesty and integrity by not cheating, plagiarizing or using information unethically in any way. *This includes submitting the same assignment to two separate teachers without prior permission.
The citizenship grade given will either be: O (Outstanding), S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement), or U (Unsatisfactory). O is given to students who display exemplary attitude, behavior, attendance, and effort. An S will be given to those who display satisfactory effort, attitude, and behavior. A student will receive an N in citizenship if he or she displays unsatisfactory effort, attitude or behavior. A U is earned if the student receives a referral to the Discipline Office due to behavioral problems or tardy RPC.
Recording of Lessons
All synchronous lessons will be recorded. Students are not permitted to download the sessions, take screenshots, or share the videos from the sessions. The viewing permissions will be set to only be viewers with CCSD Google Accounts. By signing the course expectations below, students and guardians acknowledge they will be recorded and not record or take screenshots of any session they are viewing/attending.
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