"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
-John F. Kennedy
Civics is a one semester class which looks at the fundamental principles and basic structure of American government. The class includes an in-depth look at the foundations of government, origins of American government, the Constitution, federalism, the political process, civil liberties, making foreign policy, and state and local government.
Special projects will include such topics as the three branches of government and the US role in international affairs. Students must also attend a public meeting and complete a packet including an essay about their experience.
Class "Challenges" are also available throughout the course and allow students to go beyond the classroom and earn extra-credit.
Classroom activities include: reading, comprehension, and discussion; individual and group content specific activities, various video content to enhance comprehension, discussion boards, document and slide presentation sharing, and formal and informal presentations.
Remind 101 is one way messaging service where parents and students can receive alerts via texts or email. Alerts are sent for projects, quizzes, tests, and any other important class notifications. Remind 101 is a one-way message service and contact information is confidential. Click on the image below to join my class.
Students in Mr. Adams' Civics class use Classroom by Google. Classroom by Google is a Classroom Management System that allows the teacher and students to share classroom resources such as text content, slide shows, video, projects, and test reviews on a digital platform. Also, students have access to this information at any time and virtually everywhere.
Enhanced Learning Through Technology:
Students in Mr. Adams' Civics classroom will take the majority of their formal assessments (tests & quizzes) utilizing the Naiku program. This program allows for instant feedback. Formative Assessment, or Assessment FOR Learning, is a process (not an assessment) that research has shown to be a highly effective instructional strategy. Feedback, not necessarily grading, is paramount. Naiku helps teachers accelerate learning by making the formative assessment process easy, efficient, and effective.