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Learning and Credit Options: Virtual Scholars
Course number: 2730OR
Course title: Government (.5 credits only)
Subject: Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 12
Responsible citizenship, including civil and political participation, is essential to maintain a representative government that truly represents the people of the United States. In this course, students learn about the structure of government and how it shares power at the local, state and federal levels. This course also explores founding principles that inspired the Constitution and Bill of Rights, preserving the freedoms that students experience daily. Students will examine the processes of each branch of government, the election process, and how citizens can impact public policy. The media, interest groups and influential citizens provide examples of how the government can be affected by informed and active participants. Students will examine the U.S. Court system, and become a part of the process by participating in the judicial decision-making process. They will also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world, through domestic policy, foreign policy and human rights policy. Completion of this course will allow you to act as an informed citizen who is ready to participate in the American democracy!
Priority Standards and Final Proficiencies:
This course is a standards-based course. All students will be exposed to CCSS or Oregon state 12 standards--below are the standards that mastery must be shown in order to earn credit.
Schedule of Units Covered:
Rule of Law
Articles of Confederation
The Legislative Branch
The Judicial Branch
Differentiation/Accessibility Strategies and Support (TAG, ELL,SpEd, other):
Accommodations based on IEP and 504 will be adhered to with guidance from case manager. Case manager approval is required for a student to take a VS course.
Instruction and assessments are created and delivered with a mind to multiple learning styles; it is with active cognition that teachers build material for students who learn in many different ways.
Career-Related Learning Experiences
Essential Skills and Required Work Samples:
Being a standards-based course, work will need to be scored at “Successful” or higher in order to earn credit.
Students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, students must follow their course calendar and make progress in the course every week. Students are required to complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to:
When teachers, students, and families work together, students are successful.
This course is a standards-based course.
Course lessons and assessments are targeted to a specific set of CCSS/Oregon state standards. Students will be expected to score at the “Successful” level or higher in order to be marked proficient in each assessment. Students are expected to complete all assessments in the course.
If a student scores “Work In Progress” on an assessment, they will be able to revise and resubmit it for re-scoring.
Final grades in Virtual Scholars are determined using the VS Proficiency Matrix.
PLAGIARISM is strictly monitored.
From the PPS Student Acceptable Use Guide:
Students will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the student.
Students will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, the student should follow the expressed requirements. If the student is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.
Students will adhere to the regulations outlined in the PPS Student Acceptable Usage guide
Safety Issues and Requirements