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Subject : Street Law©
Office Hours: Room 211, 2nd block (9:15-10:30) and after school (2:00-2:45)
Street Law© is an elective that serves as an introductory course to law and legal systems in the United States. Units will include…
Introduction to Law
Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process
Civil Law (Torts, Contracts and Family Law)
Like any introductory course, Street Law© is a survey. We will touch on broad and specific legal topics to give students a better understanding of law and how it affects you in real life. We will use case studies, group discussion / debate, guest speakers and mock trials throughout the course in order to reach our goal. Dueling opinions and lively debate should be the norm in this course making the class fun, enriching and worth while.
Principal Content Standards from the Learning Results:
Understands the different jurisdictions and rules of local, state and federal governments in relation to public policy issues.
Understands how the Constitution can be a vehicle for change.
Understands the relationship between civil rights issues and Supreme Court decisions.
Understands the traditional democratic assumptions as they apply to law and law enforcement.
Means of Assessment: (see the attached Assessment Plan for more detail)
Product performance (daily work, projects, unit tests)
Observational data (class participation, library productivity, group support, notebook organization)
Conversational data ((2 conferences, reflective final exam which counts as 20% of final grade)
* A general revision policy applies to all work except homework.
Many of the activities in this class will be research based and require that you have access to internet and library / media based information.
All students must be registered for and have access to the computer resources Deering provides.
Homework will be assigned on a daily basis (listed on the board below the quote of the day).
Assignments will be 30 to 45 minutes in length and will be checked for completion and quality of work the following day.
No homework is accepted late.
Students will also be expected to work on long-term projects outside of class.
Attendance and Make-up Work:
Attendance is a crucial aspect of this honors course. Frequent absences will hinder your ability to learn and collect evidence of learning and will therefore reflect negatively on your grade.
The district attendance policy will be followed…
“A student who is absent for 10 days or more in a semester course shall result in a loss of credits toward graduation.”
Make-up work will only be accepted in the case of a documented excused absence.
Following an excused absence, students will have 5 days to make-up any work missed or to arrange for the make-up of a test.
Every student should have a 3-ring binder (neatly organized) and a spiral notebook.
Notebooks will be checked randomly for organization and neatness.
Every student is expected to bring their notebook as well as text to class everyday.
Acceptance of Late Long Term Assignments:
Late long term assignments will be accepted without penalty when a student has made arrangements with Mrs. Doane before the due date and is able to show evidence of partial completion.
With no prior communication, long term assignments will be accepted late with a penalty of 20 points.
Expectations and Class Rules:
Please be in your seat when the bell rings.
Your first two tardies are forgiven. If you receive more than two tardies an after school detention will be assigned.
There will be no food during class and all electronic equipment (CD players, cell phones) should be put away.
If you need to excuse yourself from class (bathroom, water, etc.), please sign out and use the pass provided. Please limit your use of the pass to once a week and time outside of class to 5 minutes or less.
Please stay in your seat until the bell rings.