Course: Senior Social Studies
Credit: 1.0 (year long) - this course meets state and district mandated graduation requirements.

Enduring Understandings

This course is a thematic study of Civics, Economics and Contemporary World Problems. Specific connections to Washington State's Constitution will be emphasized in several units. This course meets Washington State requirements for graduation.

Semester 1: Civics

Semester 2: Economics & World Problems



The Big Picture



World Problems



Final grades will be a compilation of the following criteria:

Late Work/Make-Up Policy

Late work may be graded at half the value of earned points. Late work will only be accepted in the school term in which it is assigned and must be submitted before the Friday, one week before the end of term or semester. All work is due when the first bell rings for class. Being even a little bit late will be late work (Hint: be in your seat when the bell rings with any homework already completed). Once work is turned in it may not be re-done.

Students must schedule make-up quizzes and exams the day they return from an excused absence. It is a student's responsibility to schedule a time to make-up the quiz or exam. If the exam is not completed within 5 school days following an excused absence, a score of zero will be entered and they student may not make up the quiz or exam. Missed quizzes and exams resulting from skipping class will be scored as zero and may not be made up.

Plagarism, Copying, and Cheating

Students are expected to do their own work. The definition of cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying or lending assignments; communicating, in any way, during a test; using notes in a situation where notes are not acceptable; plagiarism (the intentional or unintentional failure to give clear credit to the author of any word/ideas not your own) in any form (individual/group work). Because these types of behavior involve submitting other people's work, credit cannot be given for this type of work.


All school wide attendance policies apply.

Classroom Distractions and Disruptions

We are here to learn. Behavior and actions that distract from the learning of any student are not acceptable in this class. It is necessary to demonstrate respect for other students, teachers, the classroom space, and yourself. If we all demonstrate this respect for each other and our classroom, disruptions disappear.

Zoom Norms (These are things we try to do to show respect to each other)

  1. Dress the way you would in school, whatever that means. There are school rules around dress and those do apply, but clothing is an expression of oneself. Express yourself they way you want to and respect the way others express themselves.
  2. When joining a Zoom meeting, do your best to be in a distraction free, quiet place.
  3. When you log in, be sure that you are using your real last name in your username. Otherwise, you may not be admitted to the Zoom session.
  4. Please try to encourage those around you (family members, etc.) to respect your learning in an online class so that they do not unknowingly or unnecessarily interrupt you.
  5. Please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help to limit background noise. If you would like to speak or ask a question or answer a question, raise your hand and move it slightly near the camera and wait to be called on. Real hands work better with me than Zoom hands.
  6. The chat feature can be a useful tool. If it is turned on, limit your chat to the topic of conversation in class. This is not a place to make jokes or have sidebar conversations.
  7. If you need to be off camera for a quick minute, leave your camera on and do what you must. If you need to leave for a longer period, get the teacher's attention and ask. Act like we are in the classroom.
  8. Be present and engaged in class. As much as possible, have your cameras on, pay attention to what is happening, and participate in whole class and breakout room discussions. There is nothing less respectful than being ignored. Ignoring questions and contributions from others communicates a lack of caring and concern.
  9. Aside from attendance rules, coming and going is distracting. It is not polite to be coming and late and/or leaving early. It is clear from comments that many students, and staff, are bothered by this and view it as a lack of respect.
  10. Expect technical problems. If you are having serious issues, do your best to communicate this to those you are trying to interact with. We are all new to this and we will need to be creative in letting others know we are having problems without disrupting class.
  11. Assume positive intentions in others. We are all learning to deal with a new and strange way of learning. If you are concerned with something, ask questions first. Ask why something is happening rather than just thinking the worst of someone. Sometimes something that seems rude is actually just a misunderstanding.