American Government & World Geography
Welcome! I am looking forward to a very productive and enjoyable year with you. One semester will be American Government and the other will be World Geography.
Government students will study the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government. Students will learn the structure and processes of the government of the state of Georgia and various local governments. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States Government and Civics standards.
The World Geography course provides students with an introduction to both physical and cultural geography. After an introduction to geography, students study each major region of the world. For each region, students learn about the importance of the physical geography and its impact on the region’s development. Students study cultural aspects of each region and examine the influence of geography on the cultural development of each region.
- Spiral notebook, 3 ring binder, or folder with pockets
- Paper (College Rule)
- Pencils, blue or black ink pens (NO COLOR INK PENS)
- Appropriate textbook for the class period
Class Rules and Regulations
The following are NON NIGOTIABLE.
- Show respect for yourself, your classmates and your teacher at all times.
- Students must be on time.
- All work is to be turned in on time.
- Students are expected to pay attention and participate in class.
- Come prepared with all materials every day.
- Have a positive attitude.
- Be courteous and respectful to those around you. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
- Keep the classroom clean and neat at all times.
- No profanity
Misconduct in class will result in after school detention or referral to the administration. This is not cosmetology or the MAC counter; so that means no doing hair of any kind and no applying makeup in class. Raise your hand to be recognized in class. In addition, students are expected to obey all rules and regulations outlined in the Code of Conduct.
You must maintain a 70 average to pass this course. Major test dates will be announced at least one week in advance. Anyone caught cheating on a test will receive a zero on that test. If a student is absent on the day of a major test or quiz, he/she will have three days to make up the test or quiz. A 0 will be recorded if the work is not made up within the appointed time. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a make-up and appear at the appointed time. All classwork and homework must be completed in order to receive credit; there is no partial credit on homework or classwork. Assignments will be turned in electronically through class note book. Instructions will be given in class on how to complete and submit work electronically. 10% will be deducted for all work that is late for each day it is late.
The following grading scale is used in Government and Geography:
Daily grades (homework, classwork) 40%
major grades (tests, compositions, projects 20%
Notebook /Portfolio 15%
90% - 100% = A 89% - 80% = B 75% - 79% = C 74% - 70% = D Below 69% = F.
See me regarding make-up work and tests.
No student should fail. Be responsible.
You will be required to keep a notebook which should be divided into the following sections:
Bell ringers - assignments done at the beginning of class each day
Notes - notes, handouts, group work, homework
Vocabulary - vocabulary lists copied each week
Closing Activities - assignments done at the end of class each day
Notebook quizzes will be given periodically. If you are absent, you should make up any learner’s journal or closing activity as soon as possible. An absence does not excuse you from having those items ready for notebook checks.
If at any time or reason you need to contact me feel free to call the school at 706-796-4924
Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My door is always open. Parents please send me an email letting me know you have seen and read the syllabus with your child. Participation points will be given to all students who parents contact me and turn in signed copy of syllabus.
Please sign and have your parent/guardian sign and return the bottom portion of this letter to me no later than Friday 10 August.
I have read and I understand the requirements for Ms. Moffitt’s class.
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