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Govt-201-220220Summer Session |*No pre-requisites necessary

Government 201 is a summer 8 week self paced course. There will be three live group meetings, and the instructor will be available throughout the course to answer student questions.

Date: Not Currently Scheduled – Please Check Back


Ages: Recommended for High School – Advanced Jr. High students have successfully completed this course.

Designed as the equivalent of a one semester high school course.

(Traditional 16 week semester class is  Government 101)

  • This class is designed as the equivalent of a one semester high school course. (.5 credit )
  • Best suited for students who are strong readers and writers, but accommodations are available. Please ask!
  • Please contact me if you need suggestions for adapting the curriculum.
  • Attend three live, online sessions, and complete the course by watching the session recordings and submitting the assigned homework at your family’s convenience during the summer.

A textbook purchase is required for this course.

Three live meetings:

  • Students will meet with me in the online virtual classroom for 1-1.5 hours per session.
  • Students will be able to see me and hear me via my HD web cam.
  • Students can communicate by type chatting with me, and with their classmates.
  • If you have a microphone, your student will have the opportunity to speak with the class.

Dynamic class discussions, intriguing projects, and a focus on current events will help your student remember the material.

  • Taught with a worldview of ‘Constitutional original intent’
  • Learning from original sources of the Founding Fathers and Constitution Framers
  • Assigned readings from the text, with main thoughts re-stated in student’s own words
  • Weekly assigned current event article write ups compiled into a Current Event Notebook
  • Research and report on the platforms of American political parties
  • Learn how to contact elected officials to express their opinion on current events

Students will be reading excerpts from:

  • Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, Declaration of Independence
  • Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”
  • Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

Students will complete an outline of the entire Constitution from Preamble to 27th Amendment.

Summer Term projects:

  • political party platform 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.

 Required materials:

  • 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



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