Using the Declaration of Independence as a jumping off point, this course will
combine history, philosophy, and civics to show how the Articles of Confederation
and the Constitution established governments that attempted to fulfill its ideals.
In addition to studying the philosophy behind our founding documents, we will
spend a great deal of time on the "nuts and bolts" of our system of government.
Course Class Time:
Class time will be spent in discussion - engaging with the topics and issues
raised during the week, lesson review, lecture, and group activities.
There will also be a short quiz each week over the assigned reading.
Course Homework Requirements:
Students should plan on spending two to four hours per week working on this course.
Homework will include reading from the assigned chapter, reading primary
documents (provided by tutor or found online), memorizing portions of The
Declaration of Independence, as well as The Gettysburg Address, and
completing various discussion questions and activities.
Students will present a final project at the end of the semester.
A final exam will be given on Schoology.
In order to receive full credit work must be received by midnight of the due date.
Half credit given if received by midnight, Wednesday, of the following week.
Zero points given if received after that, except in case of illness, or if other
arrangements have been made.
30% quizzes / memory work
20% final exam
10% end of year project
Participation is vital in a class such as this.
Participation means coming to class prepared and engaging with the tutor and
fellow students about the ideas and concepts covered in that week's homework.
Internet access and a reliable printer are required for this course.
All written work outside of class must be typed and brought to class.
three-ring binder, with front and back pockets for handouts,
and a clear front cover sleeve for their syllabus