M/J Civics – Grade 7

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: November 2018


Recommended for 7th grade, however this course is open to all middle school grade levels. ?


Learning about civics gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to be active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. In this course, students discover the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States. They learn about the structure of the government and how it works at the local, state, and federal levels. This course examines elections, the lawmaking process, and how citizens can impact public policy. Students also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world. Geography and economics support the learning of civics in this course. Engaging in this study prepares students to be informed citizens who are ready to participate in the American democracy!

Access the site links below to view the standards from the Florida Department of Education:

Regular course description:  http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13312

Advanced course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13315

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One
·         Using Maps
·         Geography of the United States
·         American Culture
·         Effective Citizenship
·         Naturalization
·         Enlightenment
·         Principles of American Democracy
·         Declaration of Independence
·         The U.S. Constitution
·         Analyzing Historical Documents
·         Structure and Functions of the Federal Government
·         Checks and Balances
·         The Bill of Rights
·         The Amendment Process
·         Federalism
·         State and Local Governments
·         Rule of Law
·         The Lawmaking Process
·         The U.S. Court System
·         Jury Trials
·         Local Government and Activism

Segment Two
·         Influencing Government
·         The Media
·         Interest Groups
·         Landmark Supreme Court Cases
·         Perspectives on Current Issues
·         Political Parties
·         Elections
·         Analyzing Data
·         Basic Economic Concepts
·         Competition and Entrepreneurship
·         Banking in the United States
·         Taxes
·         Making a Budget
·         Comparing the United States and the World
·         Cultural Diffusion
·         Domestic and Foreign Policy
·         Trade and Currency
·         International Organizations

Required Materials

Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 22 @ 02:40
02:40 — 03:40 (1h)

Social Studies

Amy Mulvihill, Scott Jones