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Camp Civics: Foundations of Government

In this two week camp, we will examine the purpose, forms, and limitations on government. Together, we will broaden our understanding of the how and why of government, engage in lively discussion and create our own new governments!
Ms. Emily MEd, MATSPEd
54 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
50 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 2 weeks
10-14
year olds
3-9
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Students will come to understand the foundations of government and their elements
Students will be able to voice their opinions regarding these foundations and elements 
Students will be able to give and receive feedback
Students will be able to apply the foundations of government and their elements in the creation of a new nation
Students will be able to think critically of government systems and ask tough questions
In addition to a Masters in Education, Teaching with Project Based Learning emphasis, I have a BA in Political Science and Economics.  My first course in political theory at University of Washington, many years ago, ignited a love of philosophy, government systems, and passion for politics that has lasted a lifetime. The fundamental foundations of government and their elements are at the core of our society, which I have explored at length in coursework, as well as teaching government systems, power structures, social justice, and equality.

A note on the rule of law: We will discuss the rule of law as it applies to political systems and society as a whole, not police, ICE, FBI, or other law enforcement agencies. This is a foundations of government class and our government was founded with the principle that law applies to everyone equally and we have equal access to the protection of law and the legal system.  Our system is not perfect, which students will have the opportunity to discuss and suggest ways our government could make improvements.  In the interest of civic discourse, I encourage discussion and debate. 
For homework each day, students will need to complete a 1 page worksheet.  Additionally, they are expected to participate daily in an online discussion on the classroom page.  Throughout the course, students will also contribute to the creation of their own nation with the help of a multi-page graphic organizer.  
Students will need to print a set of worksheets for the class Students will need a pen or pencil
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Assessments, either letter, report, or informal, are available upon request.  They will be based on student participation, completeness of their work, contributions to the online discussions, nation presentation, and final exam.  
3 hours 20 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will discuss the rule of law as it applies to political systems and society as a whole, not police, ICE, FBI, or other law enforcement agencies. This is a foundations of government class and our government was founded with the principle that law applies to everyone equally and we have equal access to the protection of law and the legal system.  

Our system is not perfect, which students will have the opportunity to discuss and suggest ways our government could make improvements.  In the interest of civic discourse, I encourage discussion and debate. 
iCivics, Painless US Government, Live Science, 60 Second Civics podcast, Brain Rush, Brainpop, US Constitution

Teacher

Ms. Emily MEd, MATSPEdLife is an Adventure!
54 total reviews
70 completed classes

About Me

I've spent a lifetime leading groups, mentoring, and teaching.  From the co-op and scouts, to the community garden and the local non-profit, to the college classroom as an instructor and as a preceptor, and the public school classroom; I've taught... 
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