• Civics





    Orange High School

    Jean Jackson

    Social Studies Department

    Phone: 973 677-4050




    Course Outline 2019-2020

    Civics is an elective course at Orange High School and required by the social studies department for graduation.  The overall goal of this class is turn students into thoughtful and engaged participants in American society. 



    Please note the discussion on Academic Integrity in the Catalog.  Students will receive a "0" on the assignment if found in violation.  Plagiarism will result in an F grade for the semester.




    Cheating, in any form, will not be tolerated.  Students found cheating on exams or assignments will receive a "0" for the project.


    Attendance Policy

    Class attendance is mandatory and will be recorded at the start of class. Being late several times is equivalent to one absence. Medical and other accepted legitimate excuses for absences may be taken into consideration events through verbal and written discourse.

    Student Responsibilities:

    • Regular attendance is mandatory for the successful completion of this class: each absence will be recorded as a grade of zero; choric absenteeism (two will influence your final grade)
    • Students should enter class before lecture and have deactivated beepers, cell Phones and pagers - these instruments are disruptive. .
    • All assignments must be turned in on time; late assignments subject to penalty.
    • Only in extreme circumstance will a make-up test be allowed; students will be given a different exam.


    School "dress code" will be strictly enforced



    You are responsible for every behavior you do. There are no excuses.

    Appropriate in-class behaviors include:


    • Be polite to your classmates and teachers (including substitute teachers)
    • If you are unsure of polite, please ask before you do a behavior. You should participate by asking and answering questions. During seatwork time, you should be working quietly. Know and follow procedures for this class.
    • Be prepared for every class; bring all materials with you. Go to the bathroom prior to getting to class. Organization is the key to success.
    • Read, Listen, discuss, take quizzes and tests, do seatwork, homework, work cooperatively with others on projects, do research, and apply the things you have leaned to the rest of life.
    • You, as an individual student, are responsible for all work to be turned in including getting notes and assignments from days you are absent.
    • Learn how to listen and take notes. It will be very helpful!!!
    • Have a positive attitude about the course and your ability to do well.


    Attitudes and Communication Points

    My approach to my classes is to create an atmosphere in which all students can learn about both themselves and other people. To this end, I have several "beliefs," which are explained below regarding work, attitude and communication.

    I treat my students as adults until something gets out of hand, then I come down on people's behavior, not them personally.

    Whatever grade you end up getting, you will have earned it, whether it is an "A" or an "F." I do not give grades; you earn them.

    When items of a personal or private nature are discussed in class, they should stay within the context of the group discussing it = confidentiality.

    No put-downs are allowed in class. If I am guilty, call me on it!

    The entire class is responsible for the class climate.

    If I am explaining something and you have a question, please wait two minutes before asking. You will find I will answer it in that time. If not, ask away.

    Be open to new ideas ~ challenge yourself.

    Let quality be your policy.


    Course Outline


    • Theories of Democracy
    • English Documents and Democracy
    • English Documents and Democracy
    • Enlightenment Political Philosophies
    • American Documents; Declaration of Independence , The Articles of Confederation and The S. Constitution
    • The structure of the Constitution and The Bill of Rights
    • The Purpose and Intent of the Founders
    • The Bill of Rights and Amendments
    • American Federalism
    • Separation of National and State Government
    • Political Parties and Voting Behavior
    • Third Parties : Demographics
    • Financial Participation in Election
    • Congressional Elections ; House and Senate Elections
    • Presidential Election; Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions
    • The Institutions of Government ; The Legislative Branch, Senate ,Committees and Debates
    • Passage of a Bill
    • The Nature of the President
    • Presidential Politics, Polls, and the Press
    • The Nature of the Bureaucracy
    • The Federal Court System
    • The Nature of the Supreme Court
    • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    • Freedom of Speech
    • Due Process and Criminal Rights
    • II Civil Rights Legislation
    • Grading
    • Grades are based on attendance, class participation and performance on group and individual


    • Grading Scale                                    
    • From     To     Grade Center
    • 0    100.0    A+     98.5 
    • 0    96.9      A     95.4 
    • 0    93.9     A-     92.4 
    •      0    90.9     B+     89.4 
    • 0    87.9      B     86.4 
    • 0    84.9     B-     83.4 
    • 0    81.9     C+     80.4 
    • 0    78.9      C     77.4 
    • 0    75.9     C-     74.4 
    • 0    72.9     D+     71.4  
    • 0    69.9      D     68.4 
    • 0    66.9     D-     65.4 
    • 0    63.9      F     32.0 

    "If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."

    President Barack Obama 


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Last Modified on September 23, 2019