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Sarinana, Ruben » Syllabus


U.S. Government


Room 120

What we will cover in class?

This US Government class is designed to introduce you to the philosophical and historical background behind our government, in addition to describing how it works. However, the most important thing you’ll learn in this class is how to be an effective and informed citizen.

What are the goals of this course?

Our job in US Government is to:

  1. Understand important people, events, and ideas that affected the US government
  2. Learn how to read, think, and write like historians by analyzing primary and secondary sources
  3. Become informed and active participants in our society.

How can I achieve these goals?

  1. Attend class every day and before/after school tutorials each time you are absent.
  2. Actively participate in class by asking and answering questions, taking notes, and giving full effort on class assignments.
  3. Study for quizzes and tests outside of class.
  4. Be awesome and participate.

What will I study and do in class?

You will NOT be memorizing facts on facts, promise. You will be learning the relationships and examining the various features of our government. This class will have many projects and cooperative work that will challenge you to apply your knowledge of US government to real world examples.

How will I be graded?

Non-Power Standard Grades: 20% These grades will be rarer. Examples include video questions, exit tickets, reviews and simulations/games.

Power Standard Grades: 80% (This is most things in class, including short answers, quizzes, homeworks, etc) Anything that is this category can be made up for a higher grade with no late penalty!



Standards Based Grading:

Standards Based Grading Scale:

Not Yet Assessed - 50

No Evidence - 60

Emerging - 70

Approaching - 80

Proficient - 90

Mastery - 100

Here are the standards we will cover this year. A full rubric will be available on BLEND. 

Power Standard 1: Uses technology to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.


Power Standard 2: Analyzes a series of events to determine how earlier events caused later ones.


Power Standard 3: Differentiates, uses, and analyzes multiple primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast significant individuals and events in US Government


Power Standard 4: Analyze primary and secondary sources to find the main idea of the text/cartoon, analyze primary and secondary sources to be able to summarize or give a generalization of topics in US Government.


Power Standard 5: Presents/explains information, including topics related to US Government (applies to both writing and speaking).


Power Standard 6: Understands how constitutional government, as developed in America and expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution, has been influenced by ideas, people, and historical documents.


Power Standard 7: Understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution,  understands the structure and functions of the government created by the U.S. Constitution, and the concept of federalism.


Power Standard 9: Understands the importance of voluntary individual participation in the United States constitutional republic and the relationship between government policies and the culture of the United States.

Power Standard 10: The student understands the structure and functions of the executive branch of government, including the constitutional powers of the president, the growth of presidential power, and the role of the Cabinet and executive departments

Power Standard 11: The student is able to understand the structure and functions of the legislative branch of government, including the bicameral structure of Congress, the role of committees, and the procedure for enacting laws;


Power Standard 12: The student understands the structure and functions of the judicial branch of government, including the federal court system, types of jurisdiction, and judicial review;



What are the class expectations?

  1.   RESPECT yourself, others, and the materials in the room
  2.   Be E.R.E (Head up, Eyes open, Ready to work, Earbuds out)
  3.   Stay off your phone unless I ask you to use it, and in that case ONLY use it how you are supposed to!! Or it will be taken!
  4.   Bring in a SPIRAL NOTEBOOK (3-subject and then leave it on the shelf!)
  5. Clear Eyes, Full hearts, Can’t Lose
  7. Better help us understand our civic duties


What am I going to need for class?

  1. A pencil, pen
  2. Bring in a SPIRAL NOTEBOOK (3-subject), paper
  3. Your laptop, every day!



Units of Study

  1. Principal and Origins of of the U. S. Government
  2. The U.S. constitution and Federalism
  3. The Electorate, Public Opinion, Media, and Political Parties
  4. Voting in the United States
  5. The Presidency in Action
  6. Congress
  7. The Supreme Court


Contact Information:

Room Number: 120

Email: sarinana@austinisd.org