Civics, 7th Grade

    Kenneth Horne, Montford Middle School, 2018-2019

    khorne@leonschools.net   (please contact me via email and not the “messenger” feature of the online gradebook)

    (850) 412-8900



    This class is an introduction to Civics.  It will help students to understand the role and function of government at the local, state, and federal levels.  We will examine the foundations of our own constitutional government, the process of voting, and our roles as citizens.  Cases that reach the Florida Supreme Court and Supreme Court of the United States will be discussed in class as per the state benchmarks.  As many reflect current issues, they are by definition somewhat controversial.  All topics will be approached tastefully and in a balanced manner!  If you want your child to opt out of anything pertaining to court cases reflecting Roe v. Wade, medical marijuana, or same sex marriage, please note it on the syllabus by your signature and I will be happy to provide an alternative assignment in the media center.


    Students will also be introduced to the concepts of law and economics that influence the government of the United States. Each 7th Grade Civics student is required to participate in Service Learning every nine weeks.  An important part of the study of Civics is learning to contribute to the community in positive ways, and Student Service Learning is the perfect way to practice these skills.  Detailed information for students and teachers will follow. Other such projects will happen throughout the course of the year.  Information will be given to parents and students as far in advance as possible!   The best way to contact me is via email.  I will reply to you the same day.



    Civics, Economics, and Geography.  Florida Edition.  McGraw-Hill, 2013.  We will be using an online version of this book, available at www.hmhsocialstudies.com.  Students may check out a non-digital book overnight and there will be a copy in the media center for use before and after school.  If a student loses a “real” textbook, he or she will have to reimburse the school.  To date, the fee is approximately $75.00. 


    Classroom Rules:

    All School Policies are in effect. In addition, students can expect to be treated with dignity and work in an “emotionally safe” environment.  As a class, students will maintain a room in which anyone can feel free to answer a question or participate without ridicule from of their peers.  Consequences will be as per the student handbook.


    Materials Required:

    Students will be required to bring a class notebook, their school planner, paper, and pencil.  This will be counted as part of the classroom participation grade.  Students will have to bring their Montford Middle School planner to class every day.  Any materials beyond this will be supplied by the teacher.



    This course will require a lot of lecture time and note taking in order to prepare for the EOC.  Very few if any films will be watched before that time.  For events like Holocaust Awareness Month or Black History Month, it is possible that portions of the following films might be watched: Cold War footage from the National Archives, Eyes on the Prize, The History of Jazz, Prohibition, Nightmare in Jamestown, the America: Story of Us series, John Adams, Stories of the Selfhelp Home, The Boy in Striped Pajamas, and/or The Book Thief.   When we study U.S. Supreme Court cases, we might watch part of All the President’s Men.  All film segments will be tied to the curriculum.  If you have an issue with any of these titles, feel free to contact me and an alternative assignment will be made for your child during that portion of the lesson.

    Horne, Syllabus p. 2



    Some class activities, including the field trip, may be photographed for yearbook use only.  Some photos may be put on the school website.  Please let me know if there is an issue with this.  No photo will be used without your consent.


    End of Course Exam

    As required by Florida State legislation, all students will take an EOC exam in the late spring.  It will count for 30% of the overall grade for the course.

    Grading Scale

    A: 100%- 90%




    F=59% and below


    -Grades may be earned on the child’s class notebook/binder, daily planner, classwork, homework, and assessments.  Additional projects may be assigned or done in class that will constitute part of their grade.  70% of the students’ grades will be from tests/quizzes and 30% will be from classwork and homework.  Planner checks will be conducted routinely and will count as a class grade.  Notebook checks will be conducted routinely as well.

    -Important papers that are sent home from the school to be signed (for example, progress reports, report cards, etc.) will each count as a grade.

    -Extra credit opportunities are offered once per nine weeks, usually in the second week of the grading period.  Anyone can take advantage of them.  Working extra community service hours will also count for extra credit.




                I have read above information and have discussed this information with my child.  I understand that my child will be recording assignments and homework information in their daily planner and we will review it as needed.


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