This course will take an in-depth look at the U.S. Government by examining each of the three branches (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial) including: their roles and responsibilities, outside influences, and the current leaders in each branch. We will also research government programs, the foundation of democracy, election policies, past leaders—and we will write legislation.
Course materials: Magruder's American Government (Prentice Hall, 2003). We will also use many research articles and Internet sites; links and attachments will be provided in class.
Standards met: This course meets all standards and benchmarks in the Government and Citizenship strand of the Minnesota Academic Standards in Social Studies for Grades 9-12.
Honors Opportunity: Yes
Prerequisites: Junior or senior in high school