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U.S. Civics for Middle School - U.S. Law & Criminal Justice - Unit 2 of 4

A highly engaging, semester-long course that marries classic civics with important modern concepts about the US government, shares critical pieces of forgotten US history, and introduces tweens to geopolitics, current events, and more!
Erica Gardner (MLS, Veteran)
71 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 20 learners
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year old learners
US Grade Level
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Charged upfront
$9 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 4 weeks
60 minutes per class
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
The purpose of this course is truly to gain a more realistic understanding of how the government is structured today, the role it has in our daily lives, and how to be a more knowledgeable, responsible citizen. In this unit, students will explore the legal system in detail. They'll be able to explain the difference between civil and criminal law, understand the court system, learn about our prison system, and learn about key Supreme Court decisions that affect our lives today. 
A veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, I hold both bachelor and masters degrees in Legal Studies and spent the last two decades working with various government agencies, attorney's, victims rights advocates, judges, and law enforcement officers. 

I'm also a homeschool mom of two and I run a small business offering live civics courses to teens and tweens in the local community.  
Homework will be assigned on specific weeks, after the first day of instruction that week. Homework may consist of a worksheet, online activity, or research assignment. All homework is designed to reinforce the concepts, to solidify understanding, and to allow students the opportunity to apply these concepts to real life situations. Students will be expected to complete the assignments individually, by Day 2 of that week. We will then review the assignment as a class during Day 2. Some homework assignments may also be submitted via GoogleDrive to be reviewed by the instructor and returned with comments.  
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will provide an informal assessment of your student upon completion of this course. If a student completes all four units, a formal letter grade can also be provided. 
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
During our week long discussion about the prison system, we will briefly explore the difference between punishment and rehabilitation. Some details about the U.S. prison system may be mildly disturbing for some students. 
We will refer to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the following sources:

United States Bureau of Prisons
Prison Policy Initiative 
The Sentencing Project
Equal Justice Initiative 
Human Rights Watch
Core Civic


Erica Gardner (MLS, Veteran)
Lives in the United States
Social studies for the 21st century!
71 total reviews
50 completed classes

About Me

Hello and welcome to my page! My name is Mrs. Erica and I TRULY believe that the next generations can (and will!) change the world! 

I offer engaging social studies courses about civics, law, criminal justice, politics, geopolitics, current... 
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