Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: Social Studies 12 Participation in Government

Instructor: Mr. Gibson            Contact Time: 8:12-8:53         Phone Ext: 1521


Grading Policy
Instructor: Mr. Gibson Participation in Government

Room: 521

School Phone: 816-3888 Email:
Schoology and Teams, associated with your class period.

Availability: Asynchronously: Via Teams during class period or via email.

20 hours of Community Service have been waived since March 2019 because of COVID-19 concerns as per the Director of Social Studies of BPS.

Materials *(If/when class is in-person)
· College-ruled loose-leaf paper
· Blue or black pens
· District-Issued laptop (EVERYDAY)
· Headphones - if possible
· a folder

*While instruction is virtual, students need only their laptops; we will work almost exclusively in Schoology and Microsoft Teams.

Schoology: The ‘Updates’ and ‘Materials’ Section for the course are used daily and in tandem. Students are expected to check the ‘Updates’ Section DAILY, as posted there will be instructions on how class time will be utilized, whether it be synchronously OR asynchronously. Instructions will refer to any materials in the ‘Materials’ Section that will need to be accessed/completed. Attendance on asynchronous days will be taken in the daily updates (students must like the update to show attendance for that day).

Microsoft Teams: Students will promptly attend a Team meeting for any time the class is scheduled to meet synchronously. Teams will be used to deliver instruction upon which assignments are based. Students will be expected to join the class in Teams.


1. Go to District site:
2. Click on Department Tab
3. Click A-F
4. Click e-resource(s)
5a. Click Pearson Easy Bridge
5b. Select either SuccessnetPlus (2013 ed.) or Pearson Realize (2016 ed.)
6. Enter student username and password
7. Congratulations

Grading is based on a point value system:

Student grades are POINTS EARNED/TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE (ex. 800/1000 = 80%).

As per Hutch Tech Administration - please see the following:

• Academic Integrity Policy
Plagiarism is not the same as cooperation or collaboration. I often expect, even encourage, students to work on assignments collectively.

Collaboration is to work together (with permission) in a joint intellectual effort.

Plagiarism is to commit literary theft; to steal and pass off as one’s own ideas or words that are someone else's. When you use someone else’s words, you must put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by citing the source. Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else, if you use someone else’s ideas you must give the author credit. Ideas belong to those who create and articulate them. To use someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit to the originator is stealing.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying or giving an assignment to a student to be copied (unless explicitly permitted by the teacher). Cheating also includes using, supplying, or communicating in any way unauthorized materials, including textbooks, calculators, computers or other unauthorized technology, during an exam or project.

Consequences are administered consistent with the District Code of Conduct.

For your consideration see the Buffalo Public Schools Code of Conduct:



Homework Policy
Homework will be assigned at least twice a week and is due on the due date (normally the following day).

Legally absent students will be allowed to make up their assignments - 10 percent late penalty will begin 11/1/20

Students have been assigned an online textbook - please use the resource.

Students who are absent due to a long-term illness or other circumstance should contact Mr. Gibson so that assignments and readings ... can be forwarded along to the student- we will use Schoology.



Test Policy
Tests are cummulative theoughout the year - which means that content and concepts from previous units of study are included throughout the year in all tests.

Tests are made up with regents style questions- style multiple choice questions and document based questions.

Alternate forms of testing could include i-movies, thematic essays, document based essays or research projects.

Quizes and Tests are located in Schoology and it is the student's responsibility to complete assessments by the due date.



Quiz Policy
Quizes are designed to reinforce concepts, content and skills that have been covered in class.

Quizes and Tests are located in Schoology and it is the student's responsibility to complete assessments by the due date.



To be announced -



Course Outline
Course Outline

Participation in Government Syllabi – Subject to Modification

Eyes on the Prize – E. Till, R. Parks, Little Rock 9 - Approximately 2 weeks
Unit: 1: Foundations of American Democracy - Approximately 4 weeks

NYS Standards | Themes

This course aims to provide students with opportunities to become engaged in the political process by acquiring the knowledge and practicing the skills necessary for active citizenship. Content specifications are not included, so that the course can adapt to present local, national, and global circumstances, allowing teachers to select flexibly from current events to illuminate key ideas and conceptual understandings. Participation in Government and in our communities is fundamental to the success of American democracy.
The principles of American democracy are reflected in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and in the organization and actions of federal, state, and local government entities. The interpretation and application of American democratic principles continue to evolve and
be debated.
CCLS: Prioritize standards based on which appear in your chosen formative assessment(s).
Main Idea or Essential Questions:
● Who Has the Power?
Enduring Understandings
Students will understand:

● How are federal and state powers constitutionally delineated?
● What do experts say about the balance of power between the state and federal government?
● How are public attitudes toward federalism changing?
● Should state government have the power to legislate what is best for its citizens?

Unit II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – Approximately 4 weeks

NYS Standards | Themes
The United States Constitution aims to protect individual freedoms and rights that have been extended to more groups of people over time. These rights and freedoms continue to be debated, extended to additional people, and defined through judicial interpretation. In engaging in issues of civic debate, citizens act with an appreciation of differences and are able to participate in constructive dialogue with those who hold different perspectives.
CCLS: Prioritize standards based on which appear in your chosen formative assessment(s).
Main Idea or Essential Questions:
Are Students Protected by the First Amendment?
Enduring Understandings
Students will be able to:
● What is the difference between the Tinker Standard and Fraser Standard as they relate to students’ free speech.
● How the “no prior restraint” rule apply to students.
● How the Supreme Court determine the limits of students’ rights.
● Can school officials exert control over students’ use of social media?

Levels of Government
Elections (Primary/General)
Electoral Process
Electoral College
Amendments (various)
Amendment Process
Supreme Court Decisions
Bill of Rights
Deficit Spending
Public Policy (Issues)
Public Policy Ladder
F. D. A.
N. R. A.
Public Policy Issues
Office of Citizen
Common Good
Civic Values
Majority/Minority Opinions
Private Self Interest
Special Interests
Affirmative Action
Balancing Test
Civic Virtue
Civil Liberties
Criminal Justice
Democracy (Representative)
Due Process
Probable Cause
Search and Seizure
Career possibilities include: politician, public policy analysts, and lobbyists