Bonus Class Civic Engagement Credit: Attend Whatcom County Teen Court the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm on the 3rd floor of the Whatcom County Courthouse.
Watch documentaries that connect to our class content try: http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/tag/doctober/ For the Pickford's Doctober Festival (the month of October).
Civic Action: go to the City Hall meeting
Civic Action: go to March for Science as a participant or just observe April 22
To use our class Remind! go to https://www.remind.com/join/ilovecwp or Text @ilovecwp to 81010
Unit One: Rights & Responsibilities
Theme: Justice, Incarceration and Empathy
Focus Questions: What happens when citizens or the government don’t uphold their responsibilities?
Concept Question: What is justice? Is retribution effective or might restorative justice better address our needs as a society? Link to vocabulary Quizlet - CWP Incarceration & Social Inequality Flashcards
Assessment: Socratic Seminar
Unit Two: Human Rights
Theme: Human Trafficking
Focus Questions: Is human slavery alive in the world today? If so, how widespread is it and what can we do about it?
Concept Question: How can different levels of government and society work together to advocate for the voiceless?
Assessment: Position paper
Link to Unit Vocabulary flash cards (from Noah Black!) http://quizlet.com/49264498/cwp-vocab-words-flash-cards/
Unit Three: Economic Issues
Theme: Wealth Distribution, Education, and Equality
Focus Questions: Is income inequity a problem in the United States, today? What fiscal policies are needed?
Concept Questions: What kind of society do we want to create?
Film: Inequality for All
Assessment: Formal letter to government official
Unit Four: US Government & Election 2016
Theme: Civics, Engagement and Participation
Focus Questions: What are the political platforms of major candidates? What are the major issues and how do they affect the American public?
Concept Questions: Where do we find the balance between individual and common good?
Assessments: Formal Debate and/or Audience, GOVERNMENT 2016 TEST
Link to Balance the Budget simulation
Theme: Climate Change
Focus Questions: What are the impacts of global climate change? What is being done to address it and what still needs to be done?
Concept Question: What is my role in the environment?
Film: The Island President (subject to change)
Assessment: Student Research Projects & Presentation
LINK TO COURSE EVALUATION: FOR CLASS CREDIThttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/577R83D
Each week, we will discuss current world issues. Assignment details will be provided separately.
Documentary Film Critique
(See attached documents below- or go to Economics Unit link)
We will use the following standard grading scale. Students exhibiting excellent growth and effort in our targeted skill areas may earn higher final grades. Your grades will be based on your assessment scores, your participation, and your homework. Grades will be available on-line with Parent Connect.
93 = A 73 = C
90 = A- 70 = C-
87 = B+ 67 = D+
83 = B 63 = D
80 = B- 60 = D-
77 = C+ below 60 = F
Homework & Late Work:
You will be expected to complete an average of 20-30 minutes of reading/homework assignments each day. We will have a class website that lists homework assignments. I recognize that there may be extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing a homework assignment on time. Late work may be accepted for half credit on a case-by-case basis.
This course is intended to provide and academic space where we can become more informed and aware of sensitive and complex societal issues. You are expected to challenge yourself by attempting to understand diverse and conflicting points of view and safely engage in dialogue to formulate your own positions throughout the course. Please take this opportunity to engage in self-reflection and to prepare yourself for the privileges of citizenship.
LINK TO COURSE EVALUATION: FOR CLASS CREDIT
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