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Students and Parents interested in the summer 2018 trip to Berlin, Prague and Lucerne: 

Below you will find the pdf of the powerpoint I used at the meeting. The link to the trip's site is

See me or send an email if you have any questions.

POS 2041 Dual Enrollment American National Government, AP United States Government and Politics, United States Government


This spring semester course will provide students with an understanding of government institutions and political processes and their historical impact on American society. Content should include, but is not limited to, the functions and purpose of government, the function of the state, the constitutional framework, federalism, separation of powers, functions of the three branches of government at the local, state and national level, and the political decision-making process.

Class Requirements:  You are expected to be prepared for class. This means that you have read the required text assignment and have your paper and pencil/pen each day. You will be required to take and keep notes from lectures and class discussions. Keep in mind quiz, tests, and exam questions will come from your text, lectures and class discussions.  Late work is not acceptable for honors students without proper documentation.

Attendance is critical for success in this class. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed work (notes from lectures, handouts, etc.). We will review for the end of course exam prior to the exam in December.

Academic Integrity Policy: This class strives to provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgment, and wisdom they need to function in society as educated adults. Students who take responsibility for their learning will experience the pride that accompanies academic achievement.  To falsify or fabricate the results of one’s research; to present the words, ideas, data, or work of another as one’s own; or to cheat on an examination corrupts the educational process.  This impedes a student’s academic progress, and compromises the trust between teacher and student which is a fundamental part of the learning process.

Cheating & Plagiarism Policy: The following is the cheating & plagiarism policy adopted by school.  Please be sure you understand the consequences for cheating or copying the work of another -- from any source. 

Cheating and/or plagiarism are regarded as very serious offenses.  Copying or paraphrasing material/text from the work of another student, from published sources (e.g., Cliff Notes, Monarch Notes, books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and/or from the Internet without proper documentation constitutes academic theft. 

Plagiarism: "The unauthorized use of someone else's material, which is then presented as being the result of the plagiarist's own primary research, creative impulse or insight.  Plagiarism technically encompasses the borrowing of ideas of others, as well as their exact words...."  Laurie Henry, The Fiction Dictionary, p. 219.

The penalty for cheating or plagiarism in this class is a zero for the assignment and referral to the administration. If you have any questions or concerns, please make arrangements to discuss them with me. 

Absences and Makeup Policy

It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed assignments. All assignments, quizzes and tests will be posted on the class website. Students have three days upon return to complete daily assignments and five days upon return to make up quizzes or tests. Quizzes and tests must be made up before or after school. In most cases, being absent before a test or quiz will not excuse a student from that test or quiz.

Grading Policy: 

  1. Bellringers – At the beginning of class, there will be a set of questions on the board pertaining to the readings from the night before. Each bellringer is worth 10 points. Per school policy, students who are tardy to class will receive a score of zero on the bellringer for that day.
  2. Quizzes – At the end of each chapter, students will take a multiple choice quiz on material in that chapter. These will occur approximately every four or five class days, depending on the material and the school schedule. Each will be worth 200 points. Chapter quizzes will be mainly multiple choice with a few short free-response questions.
  3. Tests – At the end of each unit, students will take an essay test that is cumulative for that unit. Each unit contains approximately four chapters. Each test will be worth 400 points. Unit tests will be mainly free-response, with a few multiple choice questions.
  4. Homework –Will consist on a nightly basis mainly of reading and mentally grappling with assigned readings and will be accounted for in the bellringer. If it becomes apparent that students are not reading, regular written homework will be assigned. In addition to nightly readings, students will be assigned intermittent written work, generally associated with projects.
  5. Recap or Exit Slip – To check understanding, at the end of some class days, students will respond via chromebook to a question or set of questions pertaining to the material covered. Points will vary based on the depth and difficulty of questions.
  6. Participation – Learning at this level requires you to be an active participant in class discussions and activities. Lack of participation indicates lack of preparation. The point value of participation varies depending upon the class activity.
  7. Projects – We will have projects throughout the year that will vary in length, complexity and point value. The main stock market project will be a major part of your final exam.
  8. Literacy & Writing – Various tasks worth variable points.

Materials required for class

  • Three-Ring binder. I do not mind if you share with another class, as long as you are able to keep and locate class materials quickly. You should be able to remove paper from it without making a mess (i.e., please no spiral notebooks without perforated paper).
  • Pen or pencil
  • Course assignments and some materials will be posted on the class website. You MUST have access to the internet to be successful in this course. If you do not have it at home, you may use the computers in the school’s library before or after school.
  • Charged Chromebook. 

Class Expectations:  Follow all school rules, including those pertaining to dress code, electronic devices, and food and drink in classrooms.

More details will be shared in class.



 First and Third Period:



Second, Fourth and Sixth Period: 



Seventh Period:


PDF documents
American Government Syllabus - Description of the class
AP US Government and Politics Syllabus - Description of the class
Berlin-Prague-Lucerne trip - Information about the 2018 trip to Europe
Classroom Management Plan - General Description of Class Rules
Economics Honors Syllabus - Description of the class
Economics Syllabus - Description of the class
POS 2041 Syllabus - Description of DE American National Government