High United States Government
Number of Credits
Estimated Completion Time
1 segment / 16–18 weeks
Earliest Start Date
Responsible citizenship, including civil and political participation, is essential to maintain a government that truly represents "We the People." In this course, students examine the principles that inspired the Constitution and other founding documents of the United States. Students will study how these principles form the foundation of the U.S. federal government and distinguish it from those of other nations. They then examine the structures and functions of government to see how those principles are put into practice each day. This includes how the levels of government interact with one another. Finally, students extend these concepts to the role of the individual within U.S. civil society. They explore protections and limitations on individual rights protected through the Bill of Rights and acts of government over time. Students examine how, as individuals and as part of groups, citizens can influence public policy and help ensure the vitality of the constitutional republic.
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- Identifying the founding principles of the U.S. government
- Examining historical events that influenced the founding of the United States
- Analyzing the founding documents, including the Constitution
- Evaluating other forms of government in relation to the founding principles
- Identifying the structures and functions of the federal government branches
- Analyzing the impact of government officials and agencies on citizens' lives
- Describing the concepts of judicial review and judicial decision-making
- Analyzing significant U.S. Supreme Court rulings
- Identifying the dynamic nature of federalism and its practical applications
- Identifying the elements of legal citizenship and naturalization
- Evaluating civic duties and responsibilities for the common good
- Recognizing the impact of individual and collective action on civil rights and liberties
- Analyzing the role of different groups in influencing public policy
- Evaluating sources of information and political messaging
- Identifying key concepts and trends related to elections and voter turnout
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***
***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.
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