Civics is the study of government. In a republic, citizens need to have knowledge of how our government works in order to be able to fully participate. Without an active and knowledgable citizenry, a republican form of government can not work.
The Framers of the Constitution included many governmental concepts and ideals within the Constitution to create our republic. The notes below contain an outline of some of those ideals and concepts that every citizen should understand.
Civic Notes - 2014
Citizenship and Governments
The first set of notes taken in September focus on citizenship and different types of governments.
Constitution Handbook Notes (in textbook prologue p32-41)
The second set of notes on Civics that focuses on the Constitution and preventing the abuse of power. Started in the middle of October after NECAP testing.
Students will correct a series of min-booklets on topics such as "Citizenship", "Governments", "Constitution", "Election" and "Rhode Island". These artistic booklets will be decorated with symbols and images that relate with the topic with the theme. Most importantly, students will create notes to place in the booklet that can be later used as a study guide for tests and the final exam in June.
The website was created by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to help young people learn what it is to be a responsible citizen. The website has great information and games for students to learn the basic principles of good government.
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