• POD Syllabus


    Course Requirements:


    1. Students must come to class prepared and ready to learn.
    2. Tests are given at the end of each unit.
    3. Students will be given assignments, which will usually be due the following day.
    4. Extra credit assignments may be offered but are not guaranteed.
    5. Students will participate in various group and individual projects.


    Units of Study:


    1-Principles of Government                                      

     2- Beginnings of American Government               

     3- The Constitution                                                  

     5/6- Political Parties/Elections and Campaigns                 

    7- Political Participation and Voter Behavior               

     8-Public Opinion   

    9- Interest Groups

    10- Congress

    11- The Presidency

    15- Rights of Due Process

    16- Civil Rights 

    17- Public Policy                                                                                                    



    1. Homework/Classwork
    2. Notes for each chapter
    3. Tests
    4. Quizzes/ Presidents Quiz
    5. Projects


    Late Work:

    Late work will be accepted with the following conditions:

    Excused absences:  Assignments that were due on the date of absence must be turned in the day you return to school or they become late.  Assignments that were assigned on the date of absence will have the same number of days to be completed as non-absent students had.  If the revised due date is missed, the work becomes late.

    Late work:  Students are expected to turn in completed work by the due date. Current events are due every Friday at the beginning of class. Current events that are not complete or that are not turned in will result in a zero for that assignment. Students will also receive a lunch detention if they do not have their current event turned into the basket on or before the beginning of class.

    Late work resulting from unexcused absences will receive a zero.




    Just don’t do it!!! Cheating, copying and plagiarizing are forms of dishonesty. Students caught copying will receive a zero for the assignment or test. Allowing someone to copy your completed paper will result in a zero for you as well.


    Plagiarism: to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or
    Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize  Do not copy directly from the Internet source and try to turn it in as your own work. Changing one or two words from an Internet source is still plagiarism. Read the information, process the information, and then rewrite the information in your own words. Students who plagiarize receive a failing grade for that assignment.




    Regular attendance is crucial to academic success.  If you must be absent due to illness or other issues make sure that you get your missed work and turn it in on time to receive full credit.

    Come to class on time!  Tardies will result in after school detention.



    Need Help?

    I am available before and after school daily. Do not hesitate to come and ask for help!



    In all classroom situations…

    Be Respectful

    Be Responsible

    Be Safe

    Topic/ Situation

    Expectations & Routines


    If you are absent please pick up an admit slip prior to coming to class and show it to me upon your arrival. It is your responsibility to get any notes or work missed when you return from an absence.

    Food and drink

    Please enjoy your food and drink outside of class. Plain water is allowed in the classroom but no sodas, vitamin water, propel or flavored waters are allowed.

    Getting help

    I am available every day at 7:30 am and from 3:05-3:30. Feel free to stop in and ask for help if needed.

    In-class assignments and homework

    The majority of our work is done during class time please use your class time wisely. When we are working on a project or assignment please make sure you are working. 

    Personality conflicts/ difference of opinions

    You will potentially be asked to work with classmates with whom you do not get along.  Regardless, be respectful.  Keep in mind that this is usually for a limited duration.  Working effectively with those whom you may differ is an essential skill for your future!  If the situation is intolerable, please see me privately and be ready with some alternative ideas/ solutions. 

    Restroom/ locker

    Whenever possible, use the restroom and get items from your locker between classes.  If you must use the restroom or go to your locker, please wait until instructions/ whole-class activity such as note-taking or example problems are completed.  Be sure to ask for permission, use a pass, and do specifically what you asked in as quick a manner as possible.

    Technology in the classroom

    Cell phone use is restricted to the hallways. If cell phones are out during class time they will be confiscated and can be picked up in the office at the end of the day.

    Chapter 11 Materials