Day & Time: Tuesday 10:45-11:55
Mentor: Angie Gardner aka Frizzle
This exciting and thought provoking class will provide students with a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. Foundation for Freedom begins with colonizing America and the evolution of the social contract resulting in The Declaration of Independence. We will see how the Articles of Confederation failed. Next comes The Constitution of the United States: how it was created, what it says, checkers and balances and the importance of the Bill of Rights. We will explore Federalism and the balance between federal and state governments. Students will examine the three branches of the federal government in depth: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary, before creating and interactive final presentation
We will read, analyze and discuss historical documents leading up to, and including the founding documents of the United states: Mayflower Compact, Lee Resolution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist Papers, The Constitution of the United States, Democracy in America and other primary source writings.
Students are expected to come to class prepared with assigned reading/assignments completed so they are able to fully participate in class. Two essays will be assigned (one per semester). Students are highly encouraged to participate in outside events with the Freedoms Foundation club which includes competitions and service learning.
At the completion of this class we hope to have inspired the students with a love of learning and the confidence with a foundation of knowledge, like their great founders, they can change the world.
This class fulfills California Content Standards for: Principles of American Democracy
I utilize Google Classroom for all assignments, communications, online discussions, and updates so students will need a personal gmail account. This makes it easy to refer to for homeschool teacher meetings, assignment details, due dates, and grades.
“What is memorized is easily forgotten, what is understood is never forgotten.” ~Dr. Adler
We recommend taking the Simulation class along with this class. Simulations are a great way to experience what you learn in class in a more interactive way. In this once a month class, we will recreate historical and hypothetical events to engage students, learn from one another, and have an educational experience they will never forget. Planned simulations: Mayflower Voyage, Boston Tea Party, Declaration of Independence, American Revolution, Shay’s Rebellion, Constitutional Convention, and more!
All classes are full year classes. Students enrolled in a Fall Semester class will automatically enroll for Spring Semester in December to ensure their place in the class. Pricing is per semester.