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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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SS5450: Civics

Course Description

Want to know how to make a difference in your community? This course includes the study of federal- state- and local government organization procedures; rights and responsibilities of citizens addressed in the Washington State and United States Constitutions; current issues addressed at each level of government; and electoral issues- including elections- ballot measures- initiatives- and referenda. Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tools of civics- geography- economics and history.

Essential Standards

  • Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes. (WHST.11-12.2)
  • Individually and with others, students distinguish the powers and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, national, and international civic and political institutions. (D2.Civ.1.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences. (D2.Civ.13.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level. (D2.Civ.5.9-12)
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text. (RH.9-10.2)
  • Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts. (RH.9-10.6)
  • Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims. (RH.9-10.8)
  • Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (WHST.11-12.1)