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2021-22 Course Catalog

12th Grade American Govt & Econ & LA Syllabus

12th Grade American Govt & Econ & LA Syllabus

First Semester – Government

Essential Question: What is the Role of Government?

  • Political Ideologies
    • Where are you on the political spectrum?
  • Examination of 2 Major Parties
  • The Election Process
    • Electoral process
    • Campaign finance
    • Getting involved in the community- Sunshine Project (Project Based Learning)
  • The Constitution
    • 3 branches
    • Contemporary Constitutional Issues
  • Classroom Based Assessment – Constitutional Issues (CBA -state mandated assessment)
  • Close examination of current issues (ongoing weekly Friday seminars)
  • Foreign Policy
    • Current policy
    • America’s role in the world

Dessert and Politics Exhibition – students will host an evening of dessert and debate over the issues of the day and will invite parents and guardians to attend and engage in political discourse.


Second Semester – Economics  

Essential Question: Why do people act the way they do?

  • Trip to Olympia to meet with elected representatives
  • Economics – “The Dismal Science”?
    • Basics of economic understanding
    • Key terms and theories
  • Environment and the Economy
    • Public vs. private stewardship
    • Incentives vs. penalties
    • Renewable resource management
  • The Global Marketplace
    • International trade
    • World poverty
    • Labor in the world market
  • The Stock Market (Project Based Learning)
    • mechanics of the market
    • how companies go public
  • Taxation, social responsibility and the national debt
    • Where does your money go?
    • Types of taxes
  • Personal Finance (Project Based Learning)
    • Career reality – how much will you make?
    • Budgeting
    • Post college realities
    • Credit card use and abuse
    • Retirement planning – can’t start too soon

AP Literature and Composition

Essential Question: How do we account for complexity and make meaning in an unpredictable world?

First Semester  

  • Memoir and Personal Narrative
    • Learn the elements of narrative
    • Read and analyze examples of memoir
    • Research components to an effective college entrance essay
    • Final Outcome – Memoir and College Entrance Application Essay
  • The Odyssey
    • Learn history and context for ancient Greek mythology
    • Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
    • Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
    • Final Products
      1. Create an artistic representation of a symbol or significant image from the text
      2. Write a literary analysis essay in response to the text
  • Frankenstein
    • Learn history and context for Enlightenment and Romantic Eras
    • Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
    • Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
    • Apply knowledge of literary devices to analyze the text
    • Final Outcome – Multiple in-class writing samples, and one final revised essay

Second Semester

  • Poetry
    • Read and analyze multiple genres and styles of poetry from a variety of eras and places, including contemporary written and spoken word poetry
    • Learn multiple common poetry forms, including the sonnet
    • Write Poetry in multiple styles and forms
    • Final Outcome
      • Poetry Anthology
  • The Great Gatsby
    • Learn history and context for the Modern Era
    • Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
    • Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
    • Apply knowledge of literary devices to analyze the text
    • Final Outcome
      • Multiple in-class writing samples, and one final revised essay
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    • Learn history and context for the Post-War and Postmodern Era
    • Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
    • Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
    • Apply knowledge of literary devices to analyze the text
    • Final Outcome
      • Manifesto