Velma Jackson High
Mark of Excellence
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SYLLABUS
Coach C. Meeks III
Government should include, but are not limited to: acquiring an understanding of change over time, distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, the analysis of primary sources, reading different sources critically, making arguments in written and oral form based on evidence in support of a clearly defined thesis, and developing a solid command of major geographic features by interpreting physical and political maps of Mississippi, the United States and the world's continents.
STRANDS: (C-Civics) (H-History) (G-Geography) (E-Economics)
Civil Rights/Human Rights
Each day the student should bring the following materials to class:
Daily Class Expectations
Students are expected to listen carefully and contribute to the class discussion made by the teacher, their classmates, and multimedia presentations. Taking written notes is required not suggested. Students are encouraged to take an active part in the learning process by responding to the teacher’s questions and asking questions about the economic concepts being discussed. Each student is expected to conduct himself/herself in a mature, responsible, considerate, and courteous manner that exemplifies the core values of Madison County School District.
Students are expected to complete assigned reading prior to class. Unannounced quizzes on the reading assignments may be given. Students are encouraged to study the notes taken in class each night.
Homework assignments will be given throughout the semester. Students should use ink on all written assignments. Assignments are expected to have a neat and scholarly appearance.
Turn assignments in on the day that they are due. Students should check canvas daily. You are responsible for all assignments listed in Canvas and any others announced verbally by the teacher.
If assignments are late there will be point deductions.
One Day Late = Deduction of 10 points
Two Days Late = Deduction of 20 points
Three Days Late = Student will receive a ZERO.
It is your responsibility to find out what work you missed during an absence. If you are absent on a day that a test is given or an assignment is due, you will take the test or submit the assignment on the day that you return to school. An unexcused absence on the day a test or quiz is given or an assignment is due will result in a grade of zero for that test, quiz, or assignment within 3 days.
Evaluation and Grading
Written tests are given periodically to evaluate the student's progress. These tests cover assigned reading, class work, handouts, and homework assignments. The course will conclude with an end of semester exam that will evaluate the student’s knowledge of the entire course.
Quizzes and written homework assignments are also given periodically throughout the semester. Unannounced quizzes may be given to assess the student’s knowledge and understanding of assigned reading due on the day of the quiz.
Class participation demonstrates a student's knowledge, preparation, interest, motivation, and acceptance of individual responsibility for learning. Both answers and questions volunteered by students on a daily basis are critical to the learning process.
Students are expected to read and study the assigned reading and their class notes. They should come to class the next day prepared to respond to the teacher's questions, ask questions of their own, and discuss issues raised in the reading assignment. Students are strongly urged to volunteer answers in class, but students will be called upon to recite even if they do not volunteer.
*****Projects will be assigned throughout the semester assignment!!!*****
The student's final semester grade is determined by:
A positive attitude toward learning is essential for academic achievement. Motivation, interest, enthusiasm, cooperation, courtesy, self-discipline, and personal pride are all factors, which contribute to academic success.
Students who wish to speak with me about material covered in class, assignments, grades, or personal concerns are invited and encouraged to come to the classroom at an appointed time. If possible please let me know in advance if you wish to meet with me. As a student in my class, you are important and special.
Honesty and integrity are core values of the Madison County School District. Academic and personal honesty are required of all students at Velma Jackson High School. Standards for student behavior are outlined in the Madison County School District’s Student Code of Conduct.
Copying or attempting to copy another student's work, the possession of unauthorized notes or aids during written evaluations, talking during written evaluations, any form of communication of quiz or test content to other students, and intentionally aiding the academic dishonesty of another student are some examples of academic dishonesty.
Consequences for academic dishonesty include a grade of zero on the assignment, quiz, or test.
Students will utilize MacBook with Internet capabilities, textbook, outside reading including articles from internet, scholarly journals, newspapers and other respected sources for learning and assignments. Students are expected to behave as young adults and demonstrate a superior intellect in the classroom without constant reprimand for childish and undignified behavior. All students are REQUIRED to receive a passing mark in US Government and Economics in order to graduate from any public high school in Mississippi. Therefore, students please do not jeopardize your academic career with unwise decisions.