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U.S. Civics for Middle School - U.S. Politics & Current Events - Unit 4 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)
40 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 4 learners
Class
60 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 4 weeks
11-13
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Tue Nov 15

Nov 15 - Dec 15 (4 weeks)
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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. This unit will cover several often neglected topics. First, students will gain an understanding of the current two-party system and a history of what happened to third parties. Next, they'll learn about the Institutional and Socio-Economic Cycles Theory, and where we currently are in those cycles. Finally, students will learn how those cycles are affecting us today and how their generation can be more engaged citizens to make a positive impact on the future. 
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.
We will refer to a theory developed by geopolitical analyst George Friedman, particularly in his book 'The Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, The Coming Crisis of the 2020's, and the Triumph Beyond.' 

Other sources include:

fairvote.org
archives.gov
usa.gov 
Brennan Center for Justice 

Teacher

Erica Gardner (MLS, Veteran)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Social studies for the next generation!
40 total reviews
26 completed classes

About Me

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, politics, geopolitics, current events, sociology, business, and more! My goal is to... 
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