Civics and Economics

Syllabus

Teacher:  Mr. Byvik

Phone:  540.347.6160

Email:  Lbyvik@fcps1.org

Overview:   The Grade 7 Civics and Economics curriculum is an introduction to the political and economic systems in the Unites States. Students will examine the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States. Students will also examine the constitutions of Virginia and the United States; identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens, and describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels. Students will investigate the process by which decisions are made in the American market economy and explain the government's role in it. The curriculum emphasizes personal character traits, such as patriotism, respect for the law, and a sense of civic duty, that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society. Civic education emphasizes the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. The curriculum is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). In the Spring an SOL test will be administered based on the standards.  In addition, the academic and career planning requirements of the Virginia Department of Education are incorporated into the Civics and Economics curriculum. The adopted textbook for the course is Civics and Economics (Prentice Hall 2011).


Preparation:  Because of the vast amount of information contained within Civics and Economics we will utilize every minute of class time to the fullest extent.  This means quality of instruction, as well as quantity.  My responsibility to you, the student, and to the class in general, is to provide thought provoking instruction and activities that engage you in forming lifelong skills.  In short, memorization has a place in any form of study but we should be more concerned with higher order thinking, analytical, and organizational skills.  You, as the student, will also have many responsibilities.  These will be outlined in detail and should be taken very seriously.

Behavioral Expectations:  A safe and positive learning environment is extremely important; therefore, classroom rules will be vigorously enforced.  


Academic Expectations:  All students should strive for academic excellence regardless of their placement.  I truly believe that all students can be successful if they apply themselves.


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