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Mr. Smutka's 7th Grade Civics Webpage

Civics is the study of citizenship through government and economics. This is a very exciting class because everything we study directly relates to you and your life! You will learn about what it means to be an active citizen of the United States and how that compares to citizenship in other countries. You will also learn how our government is set up, what our nation's core values are, and what that all means to you- as a citizen of this country. You will also learn about how our economic system functions, and how that affects you on a day-to-day basis. Everything you need to be successful in this class is right here on this site! Check out the menu to the left. There you will find a calendar with important due dates and test dates. You will also find a page for each of our Civics class units with a chart listing learning targets, practice, and assessments for each unit. Below this chart you will find downloadable versions of all handouts, power points, and video links covered in class for the unit.

Five hours of Service Learning (Volunteer Work) are required each trimester for Civics class. This is a proficiency, and thus must be competed to pass the course. The rubric for Service Learning can be found in Unit 1 to the left.


This is my 24th year teaching social studies in District 112. I have taught 8th grade Geography, 8th Grade World History, and 7th Grade Civics. I also coach football at Chanhassen High School, and coached football at Chaska High School prior to that. I live in Chaska and am married to my wife Julia for 22 years. I have three children; Lindsay is 14 and is a freshman at Chaska High School, Allison is 12 and is a 7th grader at Chaska Middle School East, and Parker is 4 and attends pre-school. In addition to teaching and coaching, I am also a professional fisherman. I guide, fish tournaments, give seminars, write articles for magazines and websites, and make videos for websites and a TV show. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have:
Mr. Smutka's Contact Information:
VM: 952-556-7562