Contemporary Issues

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Daniel Calhoun

Room Number(s): 120

Telephone: (865) 774-5790 ext. 120




There is no supplied text; therefore, print media, news, radio, magazines and the internet will be the primary sources of information.


Materials Needed:                                                                                   

-Blue or black ink pens or pencils                                                  

-Notebook paper

-1 inch three ring binder



*All school and school board rules and policies will be implemented and followed in this classroom (including no food or drink allowed in the classroom).  Any student not abiding by such rules and policies (such as cell phones, dress code violations, tardies, etc.) will be turned in to the office.

*Extra help is available if a student needs it.  However, it is the student’s responsibility to ask for help if needed.


Course Overview:

Students will use inquiry skills to examine the issues that impact the contemporary world. Included in the course will be analysis of the historical, cultural, economic, and geographic factors that have raised certain issues to levels of concern in our nation and around the globe. Students will engage in research and problem solving in order to better understand and assess significant current issues.


Course Objectives:

State standards for teaching and learning in this course and others are available at 

Many issues we discuss can be considered controversial. It is imperative that students be respectful of the opinions of others. Topics may include:

Abortion                              Abuse                  Bullying                           Capital Punishment           Conservation

Depression                           Divorce                Driving Texting                Drug Abuse                      Gay Marriage Gun Control                Healthcare           Immigration                     Marijuana Legalization Obesity

Peer Pressure                        Racism                 Suicide                             Social Networking            

Global Warming               Teen Pregnancy                                            Terrorism                             Welfare Women's Rights                Euthanasia


Majors Projects:

A final exam group project will be used for assessment.  It will be a multimedia project on a topic that will discussed and decided on during the course of the semester.  



Per Sevier County Board of Education policy, daily grades will count as two-thirds of a student’s final average while test grades will count as the final one-third.   Deductions will be made for unexcused absences and tardies.  The semester exam will count as 20% of the student’s final grade for the course when averaged with the grades from each marking period.  Progress reports are distributed at the three week point of each six weeks grading period.


** For each unexcused absence, students will lose three points off their daily grade.

** For each unexcused tardy, students will lose one point off their daily grade.

*** Students are responsible for getting any missed work.


Staying Informed:

Progress Reports are issued after three weeks during each six-week grading period.  Parents: If you do not receive a progress report (or at any point would like to check on your child’s progress), please contact your child’s teacher at the school (774-5790) or by e-mail ( Parent teacher conferences will be January 30 and March 15. Grades are also available online on Skyward gradebook. There is a link on the school website.


Parental Access to Instructional Materials:

Pursuant to Tennessee Code 49-6-7003, parents or guardians may request access to any teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom as well as any tests developed or graded by the teacher.  In order to facilitate this request, parents/guardians are asked to submit a request for such review via letter, email, or phone conversation prior to an established meeting for said review.


The Sevier County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status in provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or employment opportunities and benefits.


 The Sevier County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age (40 and over), sex, special education status, religion, pregnancy, military/veteran status, or genetic information in provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or employment opportunities/benefits.  Inquires, questions or complaints related to students or disabilities should be referred to your principal or to the Director of Student Services and ADA/Section 504/Title II Coordinator:  Dr. John Enloe, (865) 453-4671, 226 Cedar Street, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862.  Inquires, questions or complaints related to employees should be referred to your principal or to the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources:  Karen King, (865) 453-4671, 226 Cedar Street, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862.  If you have questions or concerns regarding any of the above, please call the main office at (865) 453-4671.

Please complete and return to school:

Student Name:_______________________________


Student Email: ______________________________________________________




Mailing Address:________________________________


Parent/Guardian(s) Phone:_________________________


Parent/Guardian(s) E-mail Address:________________________________________




I have read and understand Mr. Calhoun’s class information, course objectives and the information regarding the online grading program.


Student Signature:____________________________________          Date:____________

Parent/Guardian Signature:_____________________________           Date:_____________


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