American History: Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics

American History: Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics (previously Civics)


Instructor Information
Teacher: Ms. Kathy Jo Morris


Course Description: Civics and Economics has been developed as a course that provides a framework for understanding the basic tenets of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship, and concepts in macro and microeconomics and personal finance.  The Civics and Government strand is framed to develop students’ increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens, and the knowledge of how to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. The Economic and Personal Financial Literacy strands are framed to provide students with an understanding of the role economic factors play in making economic decisions, the ability to reason logically about key economic issues, and the knowledge and skills needed to manage personal financial resources effectively for a lifetime financial security. Taken together, these three strands should help to prepare students to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world.

Course Learning Goals:

  • Discover the foundations, operations, and purposes of their federal, state, and local governments while refining their literacy skills, including:
    • The colonial drive for political and economic independence
    • Foundations and principles of the American government
    • Structure, functions, and relationships within government


  • Evaluate how government, specifically America’s democratic-republic, functions with direct participation and involvement by studying the structure of government, including:
    • The rights of citizens and immigrants
    • Legal precedents and processes to defend the rights of Americans in all levels of government
    • The process of creation and enforcement of laws
  • Analyze the role of government and economic institutions in developing and implementing economic stabilization policies in the U.S., including:
    • The free enterprise economic system
    • Personal financial literacy
    • Driving factors of economic interdependence and their impact on nations
    •  Risk management strategies empower and protect consumers

Class Requirements:

  1. Students are to maintain a daily notebook
  2. Students are required to bring all materials to class daily
  3. Supplies needed:
    1. 3 ring binder (2-3 inch)
    2. Notebook paper
    3. Pencils/Pens
    4. Earbuds/Headphones
    5. Device

Grade Breakdown & Policy:


A = 100 – 90

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 – 50

Exams – 40%
Quizzes – 30%
Assignments/Classwork – 20%
Participation – 10%

*Projects may fall under quiz or test categories, depending on the assignment!
*Presentations may fall under class work or quizzes, depending on the work!
**Parents have access to PowerSchool  (Mrs. Woodring)
***Extra Credit will only be given upon formal request!

Rules and Expectations:


  • Let’s be KIND and RESPECTFUL to each other, ourselves and the classroom space
  • Cell Phones: Use responsibly and respectfully
  • Attendance: Be present, be on time, be prepared, and ready to participate!
  • Submitting Work: All assignments MUST be turned in on time!
    • Late work will not be graded; pay attention to the due dates in CANVAS Calendar
    • Tests and projects will be announced well in advance
    • All work must be submitted on CANVAS, unless told otherwise


Chapter/Weekly Quizzes: There will also be a multitude of quizzes throughout each course. Students will know about each quiz/material to be featured on the quiz ahead of time, but will not be given a review sheet. There will not be any pop-quizzes; you will know about every assessment.


Note taking: Students will be taking thorough notes during some classes. Students will be provided with an outline to follow. Note taking is a skill students will have lots of practice at in this course. It is required that all notes be organized in the following order: