You have to look at history as an evolution of society



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Course Syllabus

Current Issues
Instructor: Jennifer Cotton jennifer.cotton@cherokeek12.net Mobile 9

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.” Jean Chretien



Course Description:


Current Issues is a one semester course for 9th grade students. The course is designed to broaden students understanding and perspectives about the current social, economic, and political issues around the world, as well as in the United States. Along with the content knowledge learned in this course, social studies skills will be strongly emphasized and taught in order to help prepare students for the Georgia High School Graduation Tests and End of Course Tests.
Course Goals:




  • to develop an understanding of key issues confronting U.S. citizens and the earth's inhabitants

  • to instill an appreciation for the importance of involvement in world, national, and community affairs

  • to build skill in analyzing complex social problems

  • to strengthen students’ ability to read critically, research methodically, and write clearly

  • to instill in students the belief that they can shape the world in which they live





Sources of Information:

Internet

Major News networks (FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC.)

Magazines and Newspapers

Close Up Foundation: Current Issues 2013


Units

*Assessments

Unit 1: Education

Unit Tests

Chapter Quizzes

Summarizing strategies

Discussion Questions

Debates

Political Cartoon Analysis



Primary Source Analysis

Document Based Questioning

Group Presentations

PowerPoint

Presentations

Research Essays

Research Projects

Foldables




Unit 2: Economics

Unit 3: Government

Unit 4: Crime

Unit 5: Human Rights

Unit 6: Drugs

Unit 7: Immigration

Unit 8: Poverty

Unit 9: Defense

* This course follows the Cherokee County Performance Standards. This list represents a variety of formats that will be used throughout the year. For each unit, assessments will be selected that most effectively evaluate the materials presented.



Grading System:
Tests, Essays and Major Projects 40%

Quizzes 25%

Notebooks (class and homework) 20%

Final Exam and SLO 15%




Test Days: Wednesdays and Fridays- Quizzes are given as needed.
Rules and expectations: Regular attendance is expected (as per Board Policy spelled out in Student Handbook).
1. Come prepared for class every day. Always come to class with pen/pencil, paper, and completed assignment. The first step in becoming successful is preparation. Repeated failure to be prepared will result in detention.

2. Be on time every day. Tardiness to class will result in a lunch detention. To be admitted late, without penalty, will require a signed Agenda by the appropriate person.

3. As a high school student you must be accountable for everything you do. As a member of a group, your actions can have an effect on others (both positively and negatively). Follow the “Golden Rule” and respect the rights of others (peers and adults). Do not touch or mess with things that do not belong to you. Do not deface or destroy classroom materials or your classmates’ property.
Course Requirements:

1. Daily lessons will consist of lectures, class discussions, media and technology, independent and group research.

2. Evaluation will consist of weekly quizzes, homework assignments, class work, notebooks, projects, unit tests, and exams.

3. Each student is required to keep a notebook for all lectures, vocabulary, homework, and class work. Semester exams will be comprehensive.

4. Make-up Work: All work due to any absence is to be made up. The responsibility for arranging to complete work is to be assumed by the student and parent in conjunction with the teacher.

Make-up work is to be completed at the time specified by the teacher. The time is not to exceed ten (10) school days. If work is not completed within the amount of time the student receives a zero for the incomplete work. The ten day rule does not apply to long standing assignments such as term papers. In these cases it is generally expected that the student will turn in the assignment on his/her first day back at school. However, if the teacher has specified that no late assignments will be accepted and the student is absent on the date that a long standing assignment is due, then it must be turned in on time (absent or not).

Make-up work for unexcused absences WILL NOT EARN FULL CREDIT.

A student who completes make-up work because he/she was on OSS is to receive only 70% of the grade for the assignment, test, etc. No OSS make-up work should receive a grade higher than 70.

Exam Exemption Policy


  • Students with a 90% or higher may exempt up to two final exams each semester.

  • Students may not exempt the final for the same course both semesters.

  • Since this is not an EOC course, there will be not be a final exam worth 15% of the grade second semester.

  • Every student will take a pre and post SLO test.  The SLO test will be given during the last regularly scheduled class day and will be calculated into your grade as a test.

BYLD Information:
This is a BYLD classroom. Approved learning devices include tablets, I-pads, and lap-top computers. BYLD does not include cell phones, I-pods or head phones of any kind. These items are not appropriate for the nature of the BYLD projects done in this classroom. If I see your cell phone or electronic device out at any time it will be taken and turned into administration. You may not use my computers or outlets to charge your cell phones.

Current Issues Course Syllabus Acknowledgement
Instructor: Jennifer Cotton

jennifer.cotton@cherokee.k12.ga.us


Please sign and return this page. Keep the syllabus in your notebook.
I have read and understand the 2009-2010 course syllabus for World History. I am fully aware that I am expected to complete all required work for this class and that credit in this course is required for graduation. I also understand that late work is not accepted in this class and that all school rules are in effect while in Mrs. Cotton’s classroom.
(Student) (Parent)

Parent Email


Parents: please email me to be added to the class email list jennifer.cotton@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Current Issues Course Syllabus Acknowledgement


Instructor: Jennifer Cotton

jennifer.cotton@cherokee.k12.ga.us


Please sign and return this page. Keep the syllabus in your notebook.
I have read and understand the 2009-2010 course syllabus for World History. I am fully aware that I am expected to complete all required work for this class and that credit in this course is required for graduation. I also understand that late work is not accepted in this class and that all school rules are in effect while in Mrs. Cotton’s classroom.
(Student) (Parent)

Parent Email


Parents: please email me to be added to the class email list jennifer.cotton@cherokee.k12.ga.us


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