Civics Part 1

Course Description:

Civics Part 1 will introduce students to the foundation of the democratic government of the United States and will investigate the basic principles of this system. Students will explore the structure of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government and determine how these branches work together. Students will also look at the characteristics of state and local governments throughout the country to examine the organization and responsibilities of these branches. The conclusion of Civics Part 1 will allow students to analyze their own roles within government by identifying the rights of the citizen.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Civics Part 1
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Civics
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Lincoln Learning Solutions
Online Instructor Provided By : Lincoln Learning Solutions
Standards Addressed : MMC, NCAA
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : Civics
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

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Additional Course Information:

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

Determine the roles of citizens by listing observations of their society.
Evaluate the change in race, culture, and religion of the Americas.
Predict future population trends and changes by analyzing past patterns.
Compare and contrast democratic and non-democratic governments by examining their structures and functions and identifying an example of each.
Examine the causes and consequences of the Declaration of Independence by determining the events that led to its creation and the result of its delivery to England.
Identify the goals of the U.S. Constitution by analyzing limited government and the Bill of Rights.
Examine the process of amending the U.S. Constitution by identifying the steps taken to do so.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

Analyze the social, political, and economic impact of the 13th and 14th Amendments by examining the results of their passage.
Identify and describe citizens’ duties by outlining the roles citizens must play in society for it to be effective.
Differentiate the two houses in American government, the Senate and House of Representatives, by describing the main function of each.
Identify the qualifications and roles of the United States’ president by examining the main responsibilities of the job.
Evaluate the process a bill goes through to become a law, from its introduction to its passage or rejection.
Organize the president’s roles by listing the responsibilities of the position as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
Analyze the four sources of law by describing the differences among them.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

Identify the jurisdiction of U.S. district courts by identifying the types of cases they handle.
Examine the role of the U.S. Courts of Appeals by determining the court cases it hears.
Analyze the Supreme Court’s role in strengthening rights by discussing specific examples of Supreme Court cases.
Differentiate state and federal powers by comparing and contrasting them.
Identify where the powers of local governments are derived, and examine the structure of local governments.
Identify the structures, positions, and responsibilities of city government officials by analyzing the types of city governments that exist.
Examine the ways in which various levels and branches of the government work together by examining the relationships between each branch.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

Describe the role of political parties by examining their functions within government.
Identify the current voting requirements within the United States by looking at various states’ requirements.
Determine the function of the Electoral College by exploring models of its process.
Identify methods of shaping public opinion by determining how political parties utilize these methods.
Recognize the purpose of an interest group by analyzing its effect on government.
Research the current tax system by identifying the purposes and principles of taxation.

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Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
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Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
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Review Conducted By : Genesee ISD
Date of Review : 08/01/2014

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

Determine the roles of citizens by listing observations of their society.
Evaluate the change in race, culture, and religion of the Americas.
Predict future population trends and changes by analyzing past patterns.
Compare and contrast democratic and non-democratic governments by examining their structures and functions and identifying an example of each.
Examine the causes and consequences of the Declaration of Independence by determining the events that led to its creation and the result of its delivery to England.
Identify the goals of the U.S. Constitution by analyzing limited government and the Bill of Rights.
Examine the process of amending the U.S. Constitution by identifying the steps taken to do so.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

Analyze the social, political, and economic impact of the 13th and 14th Amendments by examining the results of their passage.
Identify and describe citizens’ duties by outlining the roles citizens must play in society for it to be effective.
Differentiate the two houses in American government, the Senate and House of Representatives, by describing the main function of each.
Identify the qualifications and roles of the United States’ president by examining the main responsibilities of the job.
Evaluate the process a bill goes through to become a law, from its introduction to its passage or rejection.
Organize the president’s roles by listing the responsibilities of the position as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
Analyze the four sources of law by describing the differences among them.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

Identify the jurisdiction of U.S. district courts by identifying the types of cases they handle.
Examine the role of the U.S. Courts of Appeals by determining the court cases it hears.
Analyze the Supreme Court’s role in strengthening rights by discussing specific examples of Supreme Court cases.
Differentiate state and federal powers by comparing and contrasting them.
Identify where the powers of local governments are derived, and examine the structure of local governments.
Identify the structures, positions, and responsibilities of city government officials by analyzing the types of city governments that exist.
Examine the ways in which various levels and branches of the government work together by examining the relationships between each branch.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

Describe the role of political parties by examining their functions within government.
Identify the current voting requirements within the United States by looking at various states’ requirements.
Determine the function of the Electoral College by exploring models of its process.
Identify methods of shaping public opinion by determining how political parties utilize these methods.
Recognize the purpose of an interest group by analyzing its effect on government.
Research the current tax system by identifying the purposes and principles of taxation.

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019 100 $150.0000 0.0000
Semester 01/01/2020 06/30/2020 100 $150.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
If you notify the National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS) of cancellation within 30 days of the course enrollment date, you will be receive a 100% refund, less the $25.00 activation fee. No refund will be given after 30 days of the enrollment date. Materials purchases are eligible for a refund only when returned unused within 30 days of the date of the original shipment. Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019
If you notify the National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS) of cancellation within 30 days of the course enrollment date, you will be receive a 100% refund, less the $25.00 activation fee. No refund will be given after 30 days of the enrollment date. Materials purchases are eligible for a refund only when returned unused within 30 days of the date of the original shipment. Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Semester 01/01/2020 06/30/2020

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School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
14-15 12 8 66.7% None

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