Date: Not Currently Scheduled – Please Check Back
Ages: high school (or advanced junior high)
Government 101 is a traditional 16-week course
Designed as a one semester High School course
*Coming Soon: A Self-Paced Course
Designed for High School and Junior High students who are solid readers and writers.
*Special Needs students are always welcome. Let us know how we can serve your family.
- Taught from an Originalist, Constitutional, viewpoint
- Weekly live class meetings (or recorded sessions) – see, hear and interact with the teacher and fellow students
- Weekly current event assignments and presentations
- Weekly reading and/or writing assignments to reinforce the class discussion
- Reading assignments based heavily in original sources
- Study our founding documents: Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Constitution
- Famous speeches: Patrick Henry’s speech at St. John’s Church, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Washington’s Farewell Address, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Government
- Student collaboration in break-out rooms
- Semester projects such as: Political Party Platform research, Writing letters to elected officials, Presidential candidate research
- We encourage parents to stay engaged with students and monitor their progress. It’s our desire to help you, not replace you.
Students will meet with me in the online virtual classroom once per week for 1.5 hours per session.
Students will be able to see me and hear me via my HD web cam, and can communicate by type chatting. Students who have a microphone will periodically have the opportunity to speak with the class! Kids really enjoy the interactive nature of the class, and parents like the live format to keep their students interested and motivated to finish the course work.
This course is designed as a one semester (.5 credits) of high school course.
My goal is to help students understand and embrace our system of Constitutional liberty, and to appreciate the unique blessing they have of living in America. The Founding Fathers gave us a republic, and I hope to help pass along our great heritage to your students through this class.
Original source documents are used throughout the course so that students can read what the Founders wrote in their own words
At the conclusion of the semester, students will have completed the following assignments:
- Read and restate Declaration of Independence
- Read and discuss selected speeches and writings:Read and outline U.S. Constitution from Preamble to the 27th Amendment
- Alexis de Tocqueville–Democracy in America
- John Locke–Lock’s Second Treatise on Civil Government
- George Washington–Farewell Address
- Patrick Henry–Speech at St. John’s Church
- Abraham Lincoln–Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, Second Inaugural Address
- Select and analyze a weekly current event
- political party platform research
- presidential candidate research
- letters to elected officials
The coursework is challenging, and is manageable for most students. I will gladly work with parents to modify the syllabus assignments as needed.
- a textbook purchase is required for this course
- positive attitude and a willingness to complete course work
- high speed internet
- optional headset with microphone and/or web cam