Fairman, Mr. Danney



Current Events and Foundations

Mr. Danney Fairman
Social Studies Teacher




Greetings Students and Parents 

Please click-on to your course for additional information.  All courses are maintained on the learning management system - Schoology.  Students have access to course materials seven days a week and 24-hours a day.  Parents may view all course work via student iPad or computer.  Students simply need to log into their Schoology Account.  All course materials, to include e-book (Foundations only), assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests.  The bulk of this course is completed using technology. It is of great importance that students come to class each day with a charged iPad or computer and be ready to go to work.   


Foundations Of Citizenship

Unit 1: Portrait of Americans
- America and Cultural Diversity
-The values and beliefs that unite us as a people.
- America: A Cultural Mosaic 

Unit 2: American Society
- The role of family, religion and educaation in society
-The Economy: satisfying wants and needs

Unit 3: The Federal Government 
- The Legislative Branch, which is composed of the House of 
 Representatives and the Senate, how laws are made and the Electoral 
 College. 
- The Executive Branch, which is composed of the President and 
 Cabinet members and Departments, the roles of the President. 
- The Judicial Branch, which is composed of the Supreme Court. We will 
 examine many historical and current laws and future cases. 

Unit 4: State and Local Government
- The State Government, how is it organized and how it it similar and different to the Federal government. Analyze the three branches of the State government.
- The Local Government, what different types of local government are there. Conflict and cooperation between governments.

Unit 8: The United States and the World
- One Nation Among Many, which explores the interdependence of nations in the world. It analyzes why nations differ, their conflicts and maintaining peace. 
-American Foreign Policy, which will examine the way America makes Foreign Policy and it's impact in the world.

Unit 7: People making a difference
- Political Parties and our two-party system in the United States. Similarities and differences between the parties. Third party influence.
- Voting and Elections, which explores what it means to be a voter and sorting out a message from a candidate.


CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: CIVICS
1/27 Introduction to Civics -Schoology
1/30 5 Paragraph Writing Assignment -50 points
2/3   Chapter 1 Quiz
2/9   Chapter 2 Quiz




This course is designed to examine current issues and events with real world relevance and analytical application Emphasis will be placed on exploring, interpreting, researching, evaluating and synthesizing current world and local issues. Insight and analysis will be used to design, explore, and conduct research into the issues and concerns of current events. Thus, participants will create new learning experiences and a knowledge base that will enable them to resolve complex, emerging and diverse issues now and in the future. The course emphasizes research done by the student since the topics chosen are very fluid in their nature and possess political, social, economical and global influences. Students will evaluate evidence critically and demonstrate an understanding of how circumstances of time and context influence perspective and historic events. In current events students will also identify and analyze historical problems, pose analytical questions or hypotheses, test hypotheses to formulate conclusions or generalizations, and raise new questions or issues for further investigations


MODULE 1
GEOGRAPHY
NEWS BIAS
CURRENT EVENTS READING STRATEGIES
JOURNAL WRITING

MODULE 2
CENSORSHIP
G
UN CONTROL
SURVEILLANCE
FREE SPEECH – INTERNET

MODULE 3
RACIAL PROFILING
HEALTH CARE
MARRIAGE EQUALITY
HUMAN RIGHTS
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

 MODULE 4
IMMIGRATION
CORPORATE CRIME
FOOD REGULATION
STANDARDIZED TESTING/COLLEGE

MODULE 5
POLITICAL PARTIES
PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES
SPECIAL INTEREST
POLITICAL NEWS

MODULE 6
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
EUGENICS AND HUMAN POTENTIAL
ABORTION DEBATE 

MODULE 7
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION
WAR ON TERROR
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY
FUEL AND ENERGY
HUMAN TRAFFICKING

MODULE 8
SOCRATIC SEMINAR
MODERN ISSUES
LOCAL AND STATE NEWS
GLOBAL ISSUES

MODULE 9
FINAL EXAM JOURNAL PROJECT (PBL) CONGRATULATIONS EVER  


CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: CURRENT EVENTS
2/27 Introduction to Current Events- Schoology
2/3  News Bias project
2/6  Current Event due - class discussion
2/10 Geography Project                                                                                 


In Addition I would like to introduce you to another teacher who will be instructing the class in addition to myself. Below is a letter from Mr. Arigo

Dear Parents:                                       

 I would like to welcome you and your son/daughter to 9th Grade Foundations of Citizenship (Civics). First, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Alexander Arigo and I will be a 2015 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania.  At York I will obtain two degrees, one in secondary education social studies and another in history.  Originally, I am from Hanover, Pennsylvania where I graduated from Delone Catholic High School in 2011. 
   Second, I have few rules within the classroom.  These students are becoming adults and I intend to treat them as such, as long as the following rules are followed. 

  1. Students must raise their hands and receive permission to speak during class. 
  2. Respect for fellow classmates means actively listening when other  students or the teacher is speaking. 
  3. Come to class on time with appropriate materials for class. 
  4. Phones, PDAs, or other electronic devices may only be used during instructed times while doing educational research. 
  5.  Students are not allowed to leave the classroom without permission. 

  Third, I would like to provide my contact information.  I feel that it is not only important, but essential that the parents and students should be able to reach me if there are any questions, comments, or concerns that need addressed.  I will do my best to respond accurately and appropriately to what you have to say.

Email:  alexanderarigo@gmail.com or aarigo@ycp.edu

School phone number:  717.846.6789 and ask for Mr. Fairman’s extension.

  Finally, I look forward to work with your son/daughter and you, the parents as we travel through Foundations of Citizenship or Current Events together.  The year will be challenging with group projects, research papers, and independent research that will assist and educate your child in, not only history, but all aspects of schooling.  This includes research strategies, writing, reading and interpreting graphs, photo analysis, and analyzing primary and secondary documents.  By doing this, your child will become a more well-rounded student in all subject areas.

 

Sincerely,

Alexander Arigo