Teacher: Jacob Danes
Mr. Danes American Government Global Academy Room J-205
(330) 729-4000 Ext. 1414 Jacob.Danes@MahoningCTC.com
I believe a Government course works best when students are able to make connections with the events of the past and their modern daily lives. These connections are also made within each student’s lab in our Global Academy. The most innovative educational practices will be used in our classroom to provide the best educational opportunity for all students. Our Government course should tie into student’s chosen vocational lab and will incorporate methodologies to ensure excellence.
Students will use an Interactive Notebook (College Ruled Notebook) to allow students to compile assignments in an organized manner to be able to look back on past lessons and connect them to their everyday lives.
With recognition of the career and technical paths that students choose, this course is designed to enhance skills needed after graduation. Students are exposed to Government standards in accordance with both state and county academic content and literacy standards.
The students will be engaged with personalized assignments and projects using various forms of media such as the Internet, the newspaper, Chromebooks and more in order to enrich their understanding of course concepts.
- One Subject College Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
- Writing Utensils (Pen and Pencils)
- Interactive Notebook: 45%
- Tests and Quizzes: 20%
- Unit Projects and Assignments: 25%
- Engagement Points: 10%
Grading is done on a cumulative point system. For students to achieve an A in the course, they must strive for the maximum amount of points in each graded area, especially the interactive notebook.
This course studies 24 different contents which include: Civic engagement, Political parties, Civic issues, Compromising skills, the U.S Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, Supreme Court Decisions, the Bill of Rights, the Reconstruction Era, the Progressive Era, Presidential elections, the three branches of government, the Ohio Constitution, Public Policy, Foreign Policy, the Federal Government, and other concepts.
Class Requirements and Procedures:
- Notebooks will be collected on a regular basis ( at least once per week) and will be graded on content, quality, organization, and visual appeal. Most of your classwork and coursework assignments will be kept in this notebook.
- We will be using Chromebooks regularly throughout the school year. Make sure you have your acceptable use form on file and have your username and password with you every week so that you can use the laptops in class.
- When absent it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. You will be permitted as many days as you have excused absences to complete the missed assignments.
- If assignments are turned in late, they will be accepted with a 10% deduction for each day late.
- Regular tardiness to class will result in an Office Referral. (Tardiness will not be accepted here, or in career fields.)
- I will be maintaining a webpage throughout the school year to help keep parents and students informed about important class information. The webpage can be found by clicking on my name in the staff directory page found by clicking “Contact Us” on the school’s webpage.
- Discuss any issues and problems with me.
- Your participation is necessary for class success.
- Ask questions; Do not choose to be confused.
*All of the above is subject to change.