US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Course Description:

Students in U. S. Government and Politics will begin their study by examining classical political philosophies and explore the practical operations of government at the local, state, and national levels. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the role of individual citizens in the political process and are expected to engage in activities which involve active citizenship both in and outside of the classroom.

State Requirement:   Passing grade on the U.S./Illinois Constitution exam is required for graduation.

Glenbard Requirement:  Successful completion of this course fulfills the civics requirement for graduation.


Unit Structure:

The study of US Government and Politics is divided into 7 major units which introduces students to the political culture and ideological values of the United States, clarifies the campaign, election and voting process, explores the structure of the federal, state, and local governments, and analyzes the role of media and interest groups.   


Common Assessments:

Constitution Exam: In order to satisfy the State of Illinois Constitution requirement, students will take common district exam where students will demonstrate their understanding of key concepts regarding the federal, state and local levels of government.

Semester Final: In addition to a district wide Constitution exam, students will also take a common district summative semester final.

Curriculum Documents:
1__- Political Culture and Ideology Unit.pdf
2__- Philosophy and Underpinnings Unit.pdf
3__ - Campaigns Elections Media Unit.pdf
4__- Legislative Branch Unit.pdf
5__- Executive Branch and Bureaucracy Unit.pdf
6__ - Judicial Branch and Civil Liberties Unit.pdf
7__- Local and State Government Unit.pdf