• DESTREHAN HIGH SCHOOL SPRING 2021

    Honors Civics Syllabus

    Week

    Topics (State Grade Level Expectations)

    Content, Reading Selections, Concepts

    Week 1
    (2 Days)

    (Jan 11-12)

    Introduction to Class

    Rules and Procedures (syllabus, homework, parent letter)

    The rules of class, class content, class procedures, homework instructions

    3 days in Week 1, and all Week 2

    (Jan 13-22)

    (MLK Day Monday, 18th)

    Early Dismiss 20

    Unit 1: Foundations of US Government (C.1.1-2, C.1.3, C.1.4, C.1.6)
    Types of Government (Why Government? : Who Rules?), &
    Influences on US Government (Historical Precedents and Philosophical Influences, Religious Influences)

    The state of nature, Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, The Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke, Magna Carta, Age of Enlightenment, Declaration of Independence, excerpt from Massachusetts and Virginia Declaration of Rights, Religion and the American Revolution, The First Great Awakening, Letter of Paul to the Romans 13:1-7, Sermon from Jonathan Mayhew, excerpt from Common Sense by Paine, “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

    Week 3

    (Jan 25-29)

    Unit 1: Foundations of US Government (C.1.5-6, C.2.6, C.5.1, C.5.3)

    Creating the Constitution (The Constitutional Convention)

    Federalist No. 15, Letter between delegates to the Convention, Articles of Confederation, The Virginia Plan, The New Jersey Plan, The Hamilton Plan, Debates on Bicameralism, Debates on Suffrage, Debates on Proportional or Equal Representation, Debates on Connecticut Compromise, Delegates Agree on the Need for an Executive, Debates on the Number of Executives, Debates on Mode of Elections, Debates on the President's Term of Office, Debates on the Veto Power of the President, Debates on the Foreign Policy Power of the President, Debates on the Appointment Power of the President

    Week 4

    (Feb 1-5)

    Unit 1: Foundations of US Government (C.1.5-6, C.2.6, C.5.1, C.5.3)

    Creating the Constitution (How just is the Constitution?, Interpreting the Constitution)

    Excerpts from the Constitution: The Issue of Slavery, Debates on Taxes for Importing Enslaved Persons, Excerpts from Speech Promoting the Constitution, Excerpts from the Constitution: Representation, Excerpt from Federalist No. 43, Excerpts from the English Bill of Rights, Bill of Rights, Excerpt from Debates in the First Congress, Arguments Against a Bill of Rights, Arguments in Favor of a Bill of Rights, “Loose Interpretation versus Strict Interpretation”, reading from “Supreme Court Nominations,” “A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Interpretation, Part 1, Volume 1 and Volume 2”, “Constitutional Interpretation,” “Hamiltonian Constitutional Interpretation: In Defense of Energetic and Limited Government,”

    Week 5

    (Feb 8-12)

    Unit 2: Structure of Government (C.1.1, C.2.1-C.2.5, C.2.7-8)

    Structure of Government (Thinking like a political scientist, & the Organization of Government)

    The Constitution of the U.S., Giving Meaning to the Preamble: Common Interpretation, American Government’s definitions of separation of powers and checks and balances, Federalism, organization, powers and roles of the branches of government

    Week 6

    (Feb 22-26)

    (Early Dis. 24th )

    Unit 2: Structure of Government (C.1.1, C.2.1-C.2.5, C.2.7-8)

    Structure of Government (Legislative Process)

    House Leadership and Membership, The process of a bill becoming a law, Committees,  Rules and Procedures, Legislature’s debate procedures, bill drafting, Simulation of Congress

    Week 7

    (Mar 1-5)

    Unit 3: Functions of US Government (C.1.1, C.4.1-6)

    Domestic Policy (Wealth Inequality, & Fiscal Policy)

    Values and Public Policy, Public Goods, Different Types of Goods, Externalities, Classic Types of Policy, Government Spending and Taxes, Income Inequality and Ways to Measure Income Inequality, Why People Are Rich and Poor: Republicans and Democrats Have Very Different Views, Wealth Inequality in America, Fiscal Policy, Approaches to the Economy, Demand-Side vs. Supply-Side, Keynesian Economics vs. Laissez Faire and Monetarist theory (Hayek and Smith)

    Week 8

    (Mar 8-12)

    Unit 3: Functions of US Government (C.1.1, C.4.1-6) (C.3.1-C.3.4, C.7.4)

    Domestic Policy (Domestic Policy Brief)

    Foreign Policy (Free Trade)

    History of U.S. spending policy, spending priorities Foreign Policy Goals, “Types of Foreign Policy, The Global Economy,  Trade Agreements & International Trade

    Week 9

    (Mar 15-19)

    Unit 3: Functions of US Government (C.3.1-C.3.4, C.7.4)

    Foreign Policy (Foreign Aid, Approaches to Foreign Policy)

    Looking at Foreign Aid, What is US Government Foreign Assistance?, Foreign Aid: A Waste of Money or a Boost to World Stability?, How Does the US Spend Its Foreign Aid?, Approaches to Foreign Policy, Analysis of a public policy proposal

    Week 10

    (Mar 22-26)
    (Early Dis. 24th)

    Unit 4: Politics and the Role of the Citizen (C.5.1-7)

    Interplay between Individual Agency and Mediating Institutions
     (Civil Rights)

     

    History of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Four Basic Rights, Brown v. Board of Education, Racial, Gender, Wage Gaps

    Week 11

    (Mar 29-April 1)

    (Spring Break starts on Friday)

    Unit 4: Politics and the Role of the Citizen (C.5.1-7)

    Interplay between Individual Agency and Mediating Institutions
     (Voting)

    Do Voter Identification Laws Suppress Minority Voting?, What It’s Like to Be Black in the Criminal Justice System, Voting Rights, The Fight for the Right to Vote in the United States, Suffrage Timeline, Voting: Right or Privilege?, States Moved Toward Stricter Voter ID Laws, Voting as speech

    Week 12

    (Apr 12-16)

    PD training on 12th?

    Unit 4: Politics and the Role of the Citizen (C.5.1-7)

    Interplay between Individual Agency and Mediating Institutions
     (Political Parties)

    The Party in the Electorate, The Party Organization, Party in Government, polls, political party platforms,  Third parties, Election Rules and the Two-Party System, Party Realignment, Party Conventions and nominations

    Week 13

    (Apr 19-23)

    Unit 4: Politics and the Role of the Citizen (C.5.1-7)

    Interplay between Individual Agency and Mediating Institutions
     (Campaign Ads, The Internet and Elections, & Campaign Finance , Election of 2016, Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups)

    Propaganda techniques, political ads on TV, negative ads, How the Internet Has Changed the State of Political Debate, Fake News Expert on How False Stories Spread and Why People Believe Them, Are All of Us Vulnerable to Fake News, Campaign Finance,  the creation of a PACS, SuperPacs, Fundraising data from Opensecrets.com, Evaluating the State of Polling After the 2016 Presidential Election, Media Coverage of the 2016 Election, US Election 2016 Results: Five Reasons Donald Trump Won,  What Are Interest Groups and What Do They Want?,” The Influence of Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Voters on American Politics

    Week 14

    (Apr 26-30)

    Unit 5: The Economy (C.1.1, C.4.7-8, C.6.1-5, C.7.1-5)

    Economic Concepts and Questions
     (Thinking like an Economist, & Economic Happiness)

    The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Role of Self-Interest and Competition in a Market Economy, Factors of Production, Circular Flow, Supply, Demand, and Equilibrium,  Prices, The Invisible Hand, Laissez-Faire

    Week 15

    (May 3-7)

    Unit 5: The Economy (C.1.1, C.4.7-8, C.6.1-5, C.7.1-5)

    Economic Concepts and Questions
     (Economic Systems, & Monopolies, The Federal Reserve, Economic Indicators)

    Types of Economic Systems, Economic Systems continuum, Index of Economic Freedom, Government Regulations, The Free Market’s Not Always the Fair and Honest Market, Why We Need Government in the Marketplace, Market Structures, Monopoly, America’s Monopoly Problem: How Big Business Jammed the Wheels of Innovation, Organization and purposes of the FED, Monetary Policy , GDP, Economic indicators, Business cycle, Productivity, 2017 World Happiness Report

    Week 16

    (May 10-May 14)

    Unit 6: Personal Finance (C.7.5, C.8.1-5)
    Financial Literacy
    (The Great Recession, Labor Markets)

    The Great Recession and its causes, Labor Markets and skill levels, The Skills Gap in US Manufacturing: 2015 and Beyond, Is the Skills Gap Really a Thing?, budgeting, investment options, , the stock market,  bonds

    Week 17

    (May 17-25)

    Unit 6: Personal Finance (C.7.5, C.8.1-5)
    Financial Literacy
    (Making Sense of Dollars and Cents)

    checking, savings, money markets, CD’s, interest rates, debit cards vs. credit cards, borrowing, student loans, mortgages, auto purchase, APY vs. APR, credit scores and credit bureaus, consumer fraud, predatory lendingand insurance.