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:

  • The Link for “live stream” is https://meet.google.com/czq-dfhi-xrj
  • 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 – Fall 2021

Fall 2021 (Terms 1 & 2)*

Monday, Aug 23 – Classroom Orientation / Disclosure (DUE Aug 30)

Wednesday, Aug 25Island Nation Handout (DUE Aug 30)

Monday, Aug 30 – NOTES – Day 1 – Why Government 

Wednesday, Sep 1 –  Forms of Government Handout (Due Sep 8),  FOG Poster (Due Sep 27)

Friday, Sep 13 –  FOG Poster Work

Wednesday, Sep 8 – NOTES – Day 2 – Forms of Government

Friday, Sep 13 –  FOG Poster Work

Wednesday, Sep 8 – NOTES – Day 2 – Forms of Government

Monday, Sep 13Day 3 – Communism vs Capitalism

Wednesday, Sep 15 – Finish FOG Poster 

Monday, Sep 20QUIZ – FOG / CommunismC vs C Handout  (DUE Sep 21) 

Wednesday, Sep 22 – NOTES – Day 4 – Propaganda

Friday, Sep 24Study Guide – Forms of Government (DUE Sep 29)

Monday, Sep 27 – Jeopardy

Wednesday, Sep 29TEST – Forms of Government / Extra Credit Article

Monday, Oct 4 – NOTES – Day 1 – Magna Carta and Philosophes

Wednesday, Oct 6QUIZ – M.C. and Philosophes

Friday, Oct 8Mayflower Handout  (Due Oct 13) / Rewriting the Compact

Monday, Oct 11 – NOTES – Day 2 – Mayflower and Flushing

Wednesday, Oct 13 – NOTES – Day 3 – The Declaration of Independence

Monday, Oct 18Declaration Vs. Treatise Handout  (DUE Oct 25)

Wednesday, Oct 20 – Day 4 – AOC and Constitutional Convention

End Term 1 (20 days)

 

Monday, Oct 25 – Study Guide – Documents of Freedom

Wednesday, Oct 27 – Jeopardy

Monday, Nov 1 – TEST – Documents of Freedom / Extra Credit Article

Wednesday, Nov 3 – NOTES – Day 1 – Articles and Three Branches

Friday, Nov 5 – Checks and Balances Handout (DUE Nov 8) / Quiz on 3 Branches

Monday, Nov 8 – NOTES – Day 2 – Remaining Articles and Themes

Wednesday, Nov 10 – Writing A Bill (DUE Nov 17)

Monday, Nov 15 – NOTES – Day 3 – How A Bill Becomes A Law

Wednesday, Nov 17 – Mock Congress Day 1

Friday, Nov 19 – Mock Congress Day 2

Thanksgiving Break Nov 22-26

Monday, Nov 29 – Mock Congress Day 3

Wednesday, Dec 1 – NOTES – Day 4 – Amendments – Process and Bill of Rights

Monday, Dec 6 – Amendment Poster (DUE Dec 13)

Wednesday, Dec 8 – NOTES – Day 5 – Amendments – Remaining Changes

Friday, Dec 10 –  Study Guide – Constitution 

Monday, Dec 13 – Jeopardy

Wednesday, Dec 15 – TEST – Constitution / Extra Credit Article

Winter Break Dec 20-31

Monday, Jan 3 – U.S. Civics Test (*Required for Graduation) (STUDY PREP HELP

Wednesday, Jan 5 – Political Issues & Debate

Friday, Jan 7 – Political Issues & Debate

Monday, Jan 10 – Political Issues & Debate

Wednesday, Jan 12 – Ten Rules for Life (Final Lesson) (Final Lesson)

End Term 2 / Semester 1 (22 days)

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

Direct Questions to CPT Curtis at jcurtis@utahmilitaryacademy.org