Summer 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.
- 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