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Instructor    Lucas Rewa
Phone         269-323-5537
Building      Northern High School
Room          2124

Course Description:  

Essential Learning Expectations: 
  • Explain the purposes of government.
  • Describe the characteristics of a federal republic and contrast it with other forms and systems of government.
  • Describe the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional government and explain their philosophical and historical origins.
  • Describe the structure, function, and powers of the federal and state governments
  • Describe how and explain why the scope of government changes over time
  • Analyze the structure, function, and powers of the government
  • Describe how powers and responsibilities are distributed, shared, and limited in American constitutional government.
  • Describe and evaluate the roles of political parties, interest groups, the media, and public opinion in determining and shaping public policy.
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the opportunities for citizens to participate in civic life.
  • Use forms of inquiry and construct reasoned arguments to engage in public discourse around public policy issues.  

Course Requirements: Quarterly District Assessments

Text used and other recommended materials: 
  • Text 1
  • Text 2
  • Text 3

At the end of the marking period, the teacher will calculate students’ grades from tests, daily quizzes, specific assignments, etc.  Letter grades will be assigned by the scale below.  

Student scores that result in .05 or higher should be rounded up.  The following percentage scale applies.
100 - 91.5  = A
91.4 - 89.5 = A-
89.4 - 87.5 = B+
87.4 - 81.5 = B
81.4 - 79.5 = B-
79.4 - 77.5 = C+
77.4 - 71.5 = C 
71.4 - 69.5 = C-
69.4 - 67.5 = D+
67.4 - 61.5 = D
61.4 - 59.5 = D-
59.4 - 0      = E
Grades will be rounded up only to the tenth place during this calculation.  Students will only earn a passing grade for a marking period if they achieve at or above 59.45%, which rounds to 59.5%.

The final semester grade is based on a composite of two nine-weeks’ grades and the final examination/culminating assessment/project.  Each nine weeks is worth approximately 43%, and the semester exam/project or District Culminating Activity assessment is worth approximately 14%.