Log In
Social Studies

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)
70 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 16 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
$8 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 4 weeks
60 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


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:

Brennan Center for Justice 


Erica Gardner (MLS, Veteran)
Lives in the United States
Social studies for the 21st century!
70 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... 
SafetyPrivacyCA PrivacyLearner PrivacyTerms
Outschool International
Get The App
Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play
© 2023 Outschool