AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SYLLABUS
CEDAR HILL HIGH SCHOOL
Mr. Jesse Turner, Instructor
This course is a required class for graduating seniors. It explores government as an institution which exercise power to make and enforce laws affecting the people under its control.
The United States Government
Materials needed are: one three-ring binders, colored pencils/markers, highlighters, pens, 3 x 5 note cards, and any other organizational tools that will help you be successful.
Students are expected to:
1). Keep one notebook in a three ring binder.
2). Keep all of their materials organized in an order by unit and chapter of study. This type of organization will make it much easier to prepare for class discussions, activities, and tests.
3). Complete ALL assignments whether reading, writings, projects, demonstrations are due on the dates listed in the semester outline unless changed by the instructor.
4). Read in their entirety ALL readings on the Reading Schedule and be prepared for a daily quiz.
5). Show RESPECT, exercise COURTESY to all members of the class at all times, and value and practice HONESTY
6). Turn in all work and take all test as scheduled.
- Students are expected to be in their seats when the bell rings or he/she she will be marked tardy.
- If a student is absent from school, it is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to ask what material or work was missed and to be completed within the next school day of the absence.
- If a student misses a test, that test MUST be made up WITHIN TWO DAYS. Arrangements to make up tests need to be made with the instructor.
- Students are expected to be prepared for class will all necessary materials (notebooks, pencil or pen, text) and to turn in all written assignments ON TIME!!!! Late homework will be counted off. Late projects / essays will not be accepted for full credit.
- All papers must have a name and a date on the front page. Papers that are turned with without names will not receive any credit
- Students are expected to take notes during lecture/discussions.
- Students are expected to follow the following regarding plagiarism:
Plagiarism Statement: Plagiarism is the use of another‘s words or ideas and the presentation of them as though they are entirely one‘s own. Acts of plagiarism might include, but are not limited to 1.) using words or ideas from a published source without proper documentation; 2.) using the work of another student (e.g. copying another student‘s homework, composition, or project); 3.) using excessive editing suggestions of another student, parent, or paid author.
- No profanity or slurs against others will be tolerated.
- Cell phones are not to been seen or heard, unless being used in class as directed by instructor.
- No food or drink will be allowed in the classroom.
- Have a good time and learn as much as we possibly can!!!!!!!
Grading Policy - A Point System
All graded experiences will be given a numerical grade based on a point system. In order to arrive at an average, the student's total earned points will be divided by the total possible points that have been earned. There will be numerous grades per semester. These graded experiences will include but are not limited to: guided reading assignments, essays, quizzes, major exams, debates, presentations, simulations, projects, etc.
Conferences and Study Sessions
I will be available for individual parent conferences upon request. Students and parents are requested to make an appointment with the instructor in advance of the date they wish extra help or conference. Email is my communication of choice.
Tutoring - Tutoring is on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:15 or by appointment