Government and Citizenship

governmentandcitizenship“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.”
– Thomas Jefferson

The goal of this course is for Cadets to understand the general forms of government that exist in the world, the differences between core political theory, and then understand the evolution of the American Form of Government – as studied through our “Founding Documents.” The second term focuses on the structure and makeup of the U.S. Government and concludes with the responsibilities of American Citizens.

KEY NOTE: In order to graduate high school in the State of Utah, a student must pass a “Citizenship Test,” consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions, taken from the Utah Government website. A passing score is 70% (35 questions correct). Taking and passing this exam is part of this course as well. CLICK HERE FOR A STUDY GUIDE FOR CIVICS EXAM

The course is divided into
Unit 1 – Forms of Government
Unit 2 – Documents of Freedom
Unit 3 – American Government

A few key reminders:

  • CLICK HERE FOR ZOOM LINK FOR LIVE-STREAM CLASSES
  • A recording for the beginning of each class (TO INCLUDE THE JOURNAL QUESTION) will be posted.
    That recording WILL include entire lectures, activities, or projects, but NOT quizzes, tests, etc.
  • While lectures will be recorded and streamed, the PDF version of each PPT is also available on the schedule.
  • This is a ONE Semester Class, but required for Graduation
  • Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at jcurtis@utahmilitaryacademy.org

Government – A Day Schedule – 

Spring 2022 (Terms 3 & 4)*

Wednesday, Jan 19 – Complete Disclosure (DUE Jan 26) *Adjusted due to Online Schooling

Monday, Jan 24 – Classroom Orientation / Island Nation Handout (DUE Jan 26) / Create Class Government

Wednesday, Jan 26 – NOTES – Day 1 – Why Government 

Friday, Jan 28Forms of Government Handout (Due Feb 2), FOG Poster (Due Feb 14)

Monday, Jan 31 – NOTES – Day 2 – Forms of Government

Wednesday, Feb 2FOG Poster Work (DUE Feb 14)

Monday, Feb 7 – Quiz – Government and Forms / FOG Work

Wednesday, Feb 9 – NOTES – Day 3 – Communism vs Capitalism

Friday, Feb 11 – NOTES – Day 4 – Propaganda

Monday, Feb 14Study Guide – Forms of Government (DUE Feb 23)

Wednesday, Feb 16 – Jeopardy

Wednesday, Feb 23TEST – Forms of Government / Extra Credit Article

Friday, Feb 25 – NOTES – Day 1 – Magna Carta and Philosophes

Monday, Feb 28QUIZ – M.C. and Philosophes

Wednesday, Mar 2 – NOTES – Day 2 – Mayflower and Flushing

Monday, Mar 7Mayflower Handout (DUE Mar 11) / Rewriting the Compact

Wednesday, Mar 9 – NOTES – Day 3 – The Declaration of Independence

Friday, Mar 11Declaration Vs. Treatise Handout (DUE Mar 16)

Monday, Mar 14 – NOTES – Day 4 – AOC and Constitutional Convention

Wednesday, Mar 16Study Guide – Documents of Freedom (DUE Mar 23)

End Term 3 (20 Days)

 

Monday, Mar 21 – Jeopardy

Wednesday, Mar 23TEST – Documents of Freedom / Extra Credit Article

Monday, Mar 28 – NOTES – Day 1 – Articles and Three Branches

Wednesday, Mar 30Checks and Balances Handout (DUE Apr 1) / Quiz on 3 Branches

Friday, Apr 1 – NOTES – Day 2 – Remaining Articles and Themes

Spring Break Apr 4-8

Monday, Apr 11Writing A Bill (DUE Apr 18)

Wednesday, Apr 13 – NOTES – Day 3 – How A Bill Becomes A Law

Monday, Apr 18 – Mock Congress Day 1 A4 / A5

Wednesday, Apr 20 – Mock Congress Day 2 A4 / A5

Friday, Apr 22 – SERVICE DAY

Monday, Apr 25 – NOTES – Day 4 – Amendments – Process and Bill of Rights

Wednesday, Apr 27 – Special Guest – Andrew Heyward – Due Process

Monday, May 2 – NOTES – Day 5 – Amendments – Remaining Changes

Wednesday, May 4Study Guide – Constitution  (DUE May 9)

Friday, May 6 – Finish Study Guide / Senior Lunch

Monday, May 9TEST – Constitution / Extra Credit Article

Wednesday, May 11U.S. Civics Test (*Required for Graduation) (STUDY PREP HELP

Monday, May 16Political Issues & Debate (DUE May 18 for Seniors, 20th for the rest)

Wednesday, May 18Political Issues & Debate (DUE May 18 for Seniors, 20th for the rest)

Friday, May 20 Political Issues & Debate (DUE May 18 for Seniors, 20th for the rest)

Monday, May 23Ten Rules for Life (Final Lesson)

Wednesday, May 25 – TBD

Friday, May 27 – Graduation / Last Day of School

End Term 4 / Semester 2 (22 Days)

 

*SUBJECT TO CHANGE (Changes will be updated weekly on class website and Canvas)

Direct Questions to CPT Curtis at jcurtis@utahmilitaryacademy.org