C.A. 8th Grade                     Current Issues and Government

 Course Overview:

This year long course is designed to give an overview of the structure and function of the United States government and how citizens interact with the government through various means of political participation. Topics covered will include founder’s intent, elections,  the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Developing writing and critical thinking skills to prepare students for later Advanced Placement social science courses is also stressed. This U.S. government course satisfies both the state and district high school graduation requirements.

A critical look at public policy choices facing the nation and world is also integrated into this study of government and politics. Current issues of high interest and relevance will be researched and analyzed with the opportunity to formulate and support positions both through writing and various types of presentation. In addition to the U.S. government credit, one semester of social studies elective credit will also be given for this course.

Recommended prerequisite:Strong reading comprehension

Who would benefit from this course:Students who desire to become politically active or aware and students who plan to continue with social studies Advanced Placement courses.

Although this  video was created by Sterling Screencasts to introduce an Advanced Placement Government and Politics course it is an excellent introduction to the topics and concepts we will be discussing in the Central Academy Current Issues in Government course.  Enjoy!

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