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    Participation in Government Syllabus

    Mr. Hallock

    Fall 2019-2020

    daniel.hallock@henhudschools.org

    914-257-5800

    This is a half-year course 9/3/19-1/31/2020

    Course objective: To understand the responsibilities of good citizenship. Examples are voting, political activism, current events, an understanding of governmental operations, social justice, constitutional application and theory and political, environmental issues from the community level to the federal government.

    Class environment: It is expected that each student be able to discuss assignments/current events beginning on and thereafter the day they are due. Informed and intelligent participation is required for this course. Late work is penalized at 10 points the 1st day & increases exponentially. ALL CELL PHONES will be shut off during class.  I am available for extra help Period # TBA & after school.

    Plagiarism: defined as using, copying, purchasing other people’s words, ideas and work. If you plagiarize, a grade of ZERO will result. Do not use Wikipedia, The Onion and no anonymous sources. All grades are out of 100 points, yet the HH district uses a total points system.

    Textbook American Government Holt, 1999, NY; will be used as a class instructional supplement.                                                       

    First marking period:  9/3-11/08/2019

    1. Public service announcements: This is to be a well thought out topic that society needs to learn about from your perspective. ONE topic per student. See my topic list on my website. You will create a power point (PPT) presentation of approximately 15-20 slides & present your views to our class for about but no less than 10-15 minutes. There are 2 parts: 1st - A hand written topic statement due on 9/12/19. Write it on your class period sheet located on bulletin board by the door. 2nd - You will email to me your Power Point no later than 9/16/19 and use Google Slides to present your PPT beginning 9/19/19. All power points are due on 9/19/19. 10 points per day will be taken off for late work.                                                        
    2. Response papers/Class activities: All typed work will be graded on the following criteria. A clear thesis statement including introduction that indicates your position on the topic. Thematic flow, appropriate grammar, clarity and a strong conclusion. 2 full pages PLUS a cover sheet. You will have 2 of these each marking period. These are usually given after a class discussion, lesson, current event, and or a reading or from a documentary assignment. Do not start a sentence with a conjunction or with a quote! My writing rubric is on my website. Read it and follow it.
    3. Class Activities: Group work, debates and “politicking.”
    4. Quizzes: from our-class discussions, formal lessons and/or assignments. There will be 4-6 quizzes per marking period.  

    Second marking period:  11/09-1/31/2020

    1.Response papers/Class activities:  All typed work will be graded on the following criteria. A clear thesis statement including introduction that indicates your position on the topic. Thematic flow, appropriate grammar, clarity and a strong conclusion. 2 full pages PLUS a cover sheet. You will have 2 of these each marking period. These are usually given after a class discussion, lesson, current event, and or a reading or from a documentary assignment. Do not start a sentence with a conjunction or with a quote! My writing rubric is on my website. Read it and follow it.

    1. Quizzes from our-class discussions, formal lessons and/or assignments. There will be 4-6 quizzes per marking period.
    2. Class Activities: Group work, debates and “politicking.”

                - January 2020 - Create a political party in class. You will participate in a group     and create a political party of your choice.

    Final Project: Americans who made a difference for the USA. Choose 2 Americans past or present (obscure is better) and present their biographical information to the class. Your outline is due 12/4/2019.  Power Point is emailed to me & ready for you to present beginning 12/18/2019.

    As the student, you understand and agree to do the following as outlined here and in A-F below: Comply with and follow all the rules stated in the student handbook for Hendrick Hudson High School. I understand that I am expected to arrive to class on time, being prepared and ready to work for the entire period.

    1. I understand that my opinion and contributions are important to the class and in order to gain the respect of my fellow students I must also respect them and their ideas
    1. I will only use language that is appropriate for class. Any language that is inappropriate will be dealt accordingly.
    2. I will prepare to the best of my ability for class examinations, which include tests and quizzes. If I find myself struggling with a particular topic, it is my responsibility to ask Mr. Hallock.
    3. I understand that class participation is critical and includes being present, positively and actively participating, and being prepared for class.
    4. When working with a partner or a group, I will stay on task and complete the assignment. I understand that any joking around or failure to stay on task will result in points being taken away from the class participation portion of my grade.
    5. Cell phones must be turned off during class time.

     

    Teacher Responsibilities:

    1. I will come to class prepared, with lessons that will engage all students.
    2. I will set up a classroom environment that is conducive for learning, where all students will feel comfortable and have the ability to succeed.
    3. I will make myself available for any student who is struggling in class, during a free period or after school.
    1. As your teacher, I will have open lines of communication via email and phone for students as well as parents.

     

     

    By signing this confirmation, I acknowledge that I have read the attached course outline, expectations and grade structure for Mr. Hallock’s Participation-in-Government class for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please know that this course may contain film clips or passionate political views from students that may elicit debate and opinion which may vary from one’s own.  Respect for each other’s views is important in a healthy learning environment and democracy.

    Student Signature____________________________________________

    Please Print Parent/Guardian last Name   ________________________  

    Signature of Parent/Guardian__________________________________

    Participation in Government Syllabus

    Mr. Hallock

    Fall 2019-2020

    daniel.hallock@henhudschools.org

    914-257-5800

    This is a half-year course 9/3/19-1/31/2020

    Course objective: To understand the responsibilities of good citizenship. Examples are voting, political activism, current events, an understanding of governmental operations, social justice, constitutional application and theory and political, environmental issues from the community level to the federal government.

    Class environment: It is expected that each student be able to discuss assignments/current events beginning on and thereafter the day they are due. Informed and intelligent participation is required for this course. Late work is penalized at 10 points the 1st day & increases exponentially. ALL CELL PHONES will be shut off during class.  I am available for extra help Period # TBA & after school.

    Plagiarism: defined as using, copying, purchasing other people’s words, ideas and work. If you plagiarize, a grade of ZERO will result. Do not use Wikipedia, The Onion and no anonymous sources. All grades are out of 100 points, yet the HH district uses a total points system.

    Textbook American Government Holt, 1999, NY; will be used as a class instructional supplement.                                                       

    First marking period:  9/3-11/08/2019

    1. Public service announcements: This is to be a well thought out topic that society needs to learn about from your perspective. ONE topic per student. See my topic list on my website. You will create a power point (PPT) presentation of approximately 15-20 slides & present your views to our class for about but no less than 10-15 minutes. There are 2 parts: 1st - A hand written topic statement due on 9/12/19. Write it on your class period sheet located on bulletin board by the door. 2nd - You will email to me your Power Point no later than 9/16/19 and use Google Slides to present your PPT beginning 9/19/19. All power points are due on 9/19/19. 10 points per day will be taken off for late work.                                                        
    2. Response papers/Class activities: All typed work will be graded on the following criteria. A clear thesis statement including introduction that indicates your position on the topic. Thematic flow, appropriate grammar, clarity and a strong conclusion. 2 full pages PLUS a cover sheet. You will have 2 of these each marking period. These are usually given after a class discussion, lesson, current event, and or a reading or from a documentary assignment. Do not start a sentence with a conjunction or with a quote! My writing rubric is on my website. Read it and follow it.
    3. Class Activities: Group work, debates and “politicking.”
    4. Quizzes: from our-class discussions, formal lessons and/or assignments. There will be 4-6 quizzes per marking period.  

    Second marking period:  11/09-1/31/2020

    1.Response papers/Class activities:  All typed work will be graded on the following criteria. A clear thesis statement including introduction that indicates your position on the topic. Thematic flow, appropriate grammar, clarity and a strong conclusion. 2 full pages PLUS a cover sheet. You will have 2 of these each marking period. These are usually given after a class discussion, lesson, current event, and or a reading or from a documentary assignment. Do not start a sentence with a conjunction or with a quote! My writing rubric is on my website. Read it and follow it.

    1. Quizzes from our-class discussions, formal lessons and/or assignments. There will be 4-6 quizzes per marking period.
    2. Class Activities: Group work, debates and “politicking.”

                - January 2020 - Create a political party in class. You will participate in a group     and create a political party of your choice.

    Final Project: Americans who made a difference for the USA. Choose 2 Americans past or present (obscure is better) and present their biographical information to the class. Your outline is due 12/4/2019.  Power Point is emailed to me & ready for you to present beginning 12/18/2019.

    As the student, you understand and agree to do the following as outlined here and in A-F below: Comply with and follow all the rules stated in the student handbook for Hendrick Hudson High School. I understand that I am expected to arrive to class on time, being prepared and ready to work for the entire period.

    1. I understand that my opinion and contributions are important to the class and in order to gain the respect of my fellow students I must also respect them and their ideas
    1. I will only use language that is appropriate for class. Any language that is inappropriate will be dealt accordingly.
    2. I will prepare to the best of my ability for class examinations, which include tests and quizzes. If I find myself struggling with a particular topic, it is my responsibility to ask Mr. Hallock.
    3. I understand that class participation is critical and includes being present, positively and actively participating, and being prepared for class.
    4. When working with a partner or a group, I will stay on task and complete the assignment. I understand that any joking around or failure to stay on task will result in points being taken away from the class participation portion of my grade.
    5. Cell phones must be turned off during class time.

     

    Teacher Responsibilities:

    1. I will come to class prepared, with lessons that will engage all students.
    2. I will set up a classroom environment that is conducive for learning, where all students will feel comfortable and have the ability to succeed.
    3. I will make myself available for any student who is struggling in class, during a free period or after school.
    1. As your teacher, I will have open lines of communication via email and phone for students as well as parents.

     

     

    By signing this confirmation, I acknowledge that I have read the attached course outline, expectations and grade structure for Mr. Hallock’s Participation-in-Government class for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please know that this course may contain film clips or passionate political views from students that may elicit debate and opinion which may vary from one’s own.  Respect for each other’s views is important in a healthy learning environment and democracy.

    Student Signature____________________________________________

    Please Print Parent/Guardian last Name   ________________________  

    Signature of Parent/Guardian__________________________________