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Hello  I am Ms. Patton, 8th grade Civics teacher at Potomac Middle School.  It is my mission to guide students through both Government and Economics in way that they can be successful in class and applying learning to life after school. I follow the SOL curriculum as required by the state of Virginia.  It is my hope that every child that I teach are able to apply learning to outside situations.

The current circumstances of living has made it difficult to continue with the educational process we are familiar with,  however we can adapt and create a new normal.  Even though school leaders have expressed that no new work should be given or graded, reviewing, remediation, skills practice are ALWAYS very essential to maintaining that which has already been learned.  

I will include study guides and guided practice as a means of staying abreast of what was learned over the 2019-2020 school year. The files and documents tab to the left, will include activities that can be worked on during this school shut down. Check this page weekly for updates and assignments. The SOLPASS study guides and textbook information can be found in the useful links tabs. 

UPDATE!!! March 31, 2020

Hope everyone is staying safe and getting much needed rest and relaxation. For this week March 30- April 3

CE.13     The student will apply social science skills to understand the role of government in the United States economy by

a)   examining competition in the marketplace;

b)   explaining how and why government provides certain goods and services;

d)   explaining the structure and main function of the Federal Reserve System and how it acts as the nation’s central bank;

e)   describing how governments regulate to protect consumers, labor, the environment, competition in the marketplace, and property rights;

Terms to know: 
Monopoly
Anitrust
Income Tax
Sales Tax
Property Tax
Inflation
Recession
Contract 

Read Chapter 10: A Helping Hand  pp170-183
Activity: Complete the Chapter Review and Apply Your Learning pp184-185

UPDATE!!! April 14, 2020

Hope everyone is staying safe and getting much needed rest and relaxation. For this week April 13- April 17

CE.11 The student will demonstrate knowledge of how economic decisions are made in the marketplace by

a) applying the concepts of scarcity, resources, choice, opportunity cost, price, incentives, supply and demand, production, and consumption;

b) comparing the differences among traditional, free market, command, and mixed economies;

c) describing the characteristics of the United States economy, including limited government, private property, profit, and competition.

CE.12 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and operation of the United States economy by

a) describing the types of business organizations and the role of entrepreneurship;

b) explaining the circular flow that shows how consumers (households), businesses
(producers), and markets interact;

c) explaining how financial institutions channel funds from savers to borrowers;

d) examining the relationship of Virginia and the United States to the global economy, with emphasis on the impact of technological innovations. 

By now all students should have received a notification from me in teams with some instructions for upcoming class meetings.  You need to download teams to receive the class activities and updates.


Tuesday April 14th will be the 1st Zoom meeting where I will connect with students regarding class meetings for the remainder of the school year.

Periods 3,4, and 5
Tue Apr 14, 2020 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Meeting ID: 933-3949-7359
Password: 6vnnb6
Host: Erica N. Patton
https://zoom.us/j/93339497359?pwd=REw4VjcrN1hOZUNHUTNNMjF4TDArQT09

Periods 6,and 7
Tue Apr 14, 2020 01:50 PM - 02:20 PM

Meeting ID: 996-3919-6213

Password: 0WcpTZ

Host: Erica N. Patton

https://zoom.us/j/99639196213?pwd=MFk3NnFDb3VXVFNDb3NwVXhMMG9uQT09

There are four activities loaded on TEAMS that can be redone.
CE 11a -12b Vocabulary
CE 12c The US Economy
CE 13 Vocabulary
CE 13e Government Agencies

These activities are due NO LATER THAN April 17,2020! More instructions will be given during the Zoom session on April 14.

UPDATE!!! April 20, 2020

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CE 11 and 12 Retake will be given Thursday April 23, 2020 from 9-10am. There will be a review from 8:30-9am.

CE 11 and 12 study guide will be available Tuesday April 21, 2020 on TEAMS.  Anyone can retake the test highest grade will be input into the portal.



Next Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday April 23, 2020 at 8:30am

REMINDER Friday April 24, 2020 is the last day of the grading period


UPDATE!!! April 28, 2020

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The student will apply social science skills to understand citizenship and the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens by

a)   describing the processes by which an individual becomes a citizen of the United States;

b)   describing the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition, and the rights guaranteed by due process and equal protection of the laws;

c)   describing the duties of citizenship, including obeying the laws, paying taxes, defending the nation, and serving in court;

d)   examining the responsibilities of citizenship, including registering and voting, communicating with government officials, participating in political campaigns, keeping informed about current issues, and respecting differing opinions in a diverse society; and

e)   evaluating how civic and social duties address community needs and serve the public good.

 

CE.4       The student will demonstrate personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in civic life by

a)   practicing trustworthiness and honesty;

b)   practicing courtesy and respect for the rights of others;

c)   practicing responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance;

d)   practicing respect for the law;

e)   practicing patriotism;

f)   practicing thoughtful decision making; and

g)   practicing service to the school and/or local community.

 

Read Chapter 1: A Helping Hand  pp 8-22
Activity: Complete the Chapter Review and Apply Your Learning 24-25


Next Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday April 30, 2020 at 8:30am

UPDATE!!! May 5, 2020

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CE.4       The student will demonstrate personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in civic life by

a)   practicing trustworthiness and honesty;

b)   practicing courtesy and respect for the rights of others;

c)   practicing responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance;

d)   practicing respect for the law;

e)   practicing patriotism;

f)   practicing thoughtful decision making; and

g)   practicing service to the school and/or local community.

 

CE.5       The student will apply social science skills to understand the political process at the local, state, and national levels of government by

a)   describing the functions of political parties;

b)   comparing and contrasting political parties;

c)   analyzing campaigns for elective office, with emphasis on the role of the media;

d)   evaluating and explaining the role of campaign contributions and costs;

e)   examining the history of and requirements for voter registration, and participating in simulated local, state, and/or national elections; and

f)   describing the role of the Electoral College in the election of the president and vice president.

Read Chapter 3: Vote for Democracy pp 48-63

Activity: Complete the Chapter Review and Apply Your Learning 64-65


Next Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday May 7, 2020 at 8:30am


UPDATE!!! May 12, 2020

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CE.2       The student will apply social science skills to understand the foundations of American constitutional government by

a)   explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government;

b)   examining and evaluating the impact of the Magna Carta, charters of the Virginia Company of London, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights;

c)   describing the purposes for the Constitution of the United States as stated in its Preamble; and

d)   describing the procedures for amending the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States.

Chapter 2: The Words We Live By pages 26-44

Activity: Complete the Chapter Review and Apply Your Learning 46-47


Next Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday May 14, 2020 at 8:30am


UPDATE!!! May 18, 2020

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CE.6    The student will apply social science skills to understand the American constitutional government at the national level by

a)   describing the structure and powers of the national government;

b)   explaining the principle of separation of powers and the operation of checks and balances;

c)   explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process; and

d)   describing the roles and powers of the executive branch.  

Chapter 4: How Does it All Work pages 66-87

Activity: Complete the Chapter Review and Apply Your Learning 88-89


Next Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday May 21, 2020 at 8:30am


UPDATE!!! May 28, 2020

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COVID-19 Activities

To ensure that all Civics students are given the opportunity to pass, Chapters 1-4 Chapter Reviews and Apply Learning assignments may be turned in no later no than June 5, 2020. 

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE YOUR SCORE