LIVE COURSE DETAILS
- Age & Group Size
- Age: 14+
- Skills needed to start the course: 9th-11th grade reading level. The ability to read 8-10 pages of non-fiction text. Students will read longer sections of works like Leviathan, The Two Treatises and Common Sense. The ability to write 1-3 pages.
- Group Size: 15-20 students.
- Term & Time:
- Term: Summer Semester
- Date Range: 8 Weeks - June 7 through August 11
- Live Session: Mondays, 12-1 EST
- NOTE - Recorded Sessions: All LIVE sessions are recorded and posted for students in case they miss a class session or would like to review.
- Work Time: 1.5-2 hours per day (depending on reading speed)
- Number of Weeks: 10 weeks (1 week break). 8 Live Sessions
- Instructor: Michael Grether
- Required Curriculum Materials: Curriculum Materials list coming soon.
- Optional Reading Enrichment List: Coming Soon.
- Credits: ~80 Work Hours.
- Who: All work will be graded by the instructor.
- Type of Work: Readings with application questions, Case Studies, Supreme Court Reviews, Primary Source Material, Research Project(s).
- How it will be submitted: Students will submit their work through Canvas. Students may choose to complete their work on Google Drive and then submit the "Share" link.
- How the work will be graded: There will be three types of assignments - Daily Course Work, Unit Tests, End of Unit Activities. Daily work will be assessed as "complete" if it met the requirements or "incomplete" with any necessary feedback before the student resubmits. Unit Tests are automatically graded by the system. Unit Activities come at the end of the Unit, with the intention of demonstrating mastery of content and skill. These Unit Activities will have rubrics and be graded with the purpose of deeper/more intentional feedback. Unit Activities are intended to be saved/collected for portfolios for College Applicaiton or any state requirements.
- Parent Role: The parents role is to (a) make sure the student has continued internet access (b) provide encouragement during the week for the student's to be completing work (c) communicate with the instructor with any relevant information - such as illness, injury, or other prolonged absences.
US Government (Also referred to as Civics) is a deep analysis of the American governing system. This course will begin with the historical background preceding the development of the Constitution - examining the evolution of Western political theory from Plato and Aristotle to Locke and Voltaire. Students will then examine the US Constitution, understanding the system outlined in the document the founders created. Then, the course will look at the practical evolution of the American Government into the version we have today. This will include close inspection of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches, the supporting agencies, and the role of the media. Finally, the course will explore the Federal Levels and the ways power is divided between Federal, State and Local governments. Students will finish the course with a deeper understanding of the systems of power, how they function, and each American's opportunity to be a person of influence.
Week 1: June 7-14 Introduction & Foundations
Week 2: June 15-21 US Constitution & Federalism
Week 3: June 22-June 28 Congress
Week 4: June 29-July5 Break
Week 5: July 6-July 12 Presidency & Elections
Week 6: July 13-July 19 The Courts & Civil Rights
Week 7: July 20-July 26 Bureaucracy & Interest Groups
Week 8: July 27-August 2 Media & Public Opinion
Week 9: August 3-August 9 State & Local Government
Week 10: August 10-August 15 Concluding Work
SUMMER LIVE: US Government (M: 1-2pm EST. Ages 14+)
All GAPro course are 100% secular. This means that courses work within the framework proven through science: A sphirical earth that is billions of years old, with all species resulting from the natural processes of evolution. All humans are equal, are valued, and have protected human rights no matter their race, religion, gender identity, or whom they love.
Many GAPro courses discuss religions within the context of the curriculum. The courses will focus on academic information about the religions and the impact of these ideas upon specified groups of people and places. No religion will be proselytized or promoted.