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Grade 12 Social Studies

American Government

What we do it:

American Government is a full year study of the structures, processes and issues of national, state and local government. The course gives emphasis to the responsibilities and rights of citizenship, the skills necessary for critical thinking, and the knowledge appropriate for wise decision making. National government is the focus of one semester. State and local governments are stressed during the second semester.

Critical Components

In order to satisfy the state graduation requirement, American Government classes should deal significantly with:

  • Government: Definition, Formation, and Function Comparative Forms of Government
  • Politics: Citizenry and Government The legislative Branch of Federal Government
  • The Executive Branch of Federal Government The Judicial Branch of Federal Government
  • State and Local Government

How we do it

Direct Instruction

  • Structured Overview
  • Lecture
  • Drill and Practice
  • Didactic Questions

Indirect Instruction

  • Case Studies
  • Reading for Meaning
  • Reflective Discussion
  • Writing to Inform

Experimental Learning

  • Narratives
  • Simulations
  • Games
  • Storytelling
  • Focused Imaging

Independent Study

  • Essays
  • Computer Assisted Instruction
  • Learning Activity Packages
  • Assigned Questions

Interactive Instruction

  • Peer Partner Learning
  • Discussion
  • Think, Pair, Share
  • Cooperative Learning

Instructional Skills

  • Explaining
  • Questioning
  • Wait Time

Others

  • Alternative Assessments
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Guided Reading and Thinking
  • Picture Word Inductive Model
  • Story Mapping