• US Government

    • Syllabus for United States Government
      Course Instructor: Robert Partida rpartida@alvinisd.net
      In government, the focus is on the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and power of government at the national, State, and local levels. This course is the culmination of the civic and governmental content and concepts studied from kindergarten through required secondary courses. Students learn major political ideas and forms of government in history. A significant focus is on the U.S. Constitution, its underlying principles and ideas, and the form of government that it created. Students analyze major concepts of republicanism, federalism, checks and balances, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights and compare the U.S. system of government with other political systems. Students identify the role of government in the U.S. free enterprise system and examine the strategic importance of places to the United States. Students analyze the impact of individuals, political parties, interest groups, and the media on the American political system, evaluate the importance of voluntary individual participation in a democratic society, and analyze the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Students examine the relationship between governmental policies and the culture of the United States. Students identify examples of government policies that encourage scientific research and use critical-thinking skills to create a product on a contemporary government issue.

      Rationale for the Course
      To impress upon the student the need for government, the role it plays in daily life, and how the individual can have input into and impact upon the governmental and political process.
      Course Contents (units)
    •         Basic Concepts of Government
      • Origins of the National Government
      • The U.S. Constitution
      • Fundamental Principles Which Underlie the American System of Government
      • Political Participation: Political Parties, Voting, and Public Opinion
      • The Federal Congress and Texas Legislature
      • The American Presidency and Texas Executive
      • The Federal Judiciary, Civil Liberties, Immigration, and Citizenship

    Methods for Accomplishing Objectives

    • Lecture/notes (from ppt)
    • Discussion/Brainstorming
    • Questions/Answers (worksheets/quick writes/warm ups/ etc…)
    • Political Cartoon Analysis
    • Reading from the textbook and outside sources
    • DVDs/ Educational Films
    • Guest Speakers
    • Critical Thinking Exercises
    • Current Events
    • other Student-centered Activities
    • Class Project(s)

    Student Evaluation
    A student’s nine weeks grade will be computed according to the following formula:

    • Tests and Projects (at least three per 9 weeks) 50%
    • Observable Daily Work, Quizzes, Homework 50%

                       End of Class- NO LINES AT THE DOOR….EVER!

    1. Stay seated until I dismiss you.  Put binders away on the way out the door.
    2. If time allows, I will allow you to put binders away early, but you must return to your seat.


    1. You are required to keep a 1”, 3 ring notebook with 8 dividers organized for this class.  
    2. The notebook will be periodically spot checked for grades, collected for grading, and

                       taken as an exam grade toward the end of each semester. We will set this up during class.

    • Expectations: In order to complete this course successfully, you will be expected to:
      • Complete the course requirements as outlined above
      • Come to class prepared, all required assignments completed, and ready to participate in the discussions/exercises/events scheduled in class.
      • Good discussion doesn't happen when everyone agrees with each other and everyone thinks alike, it happens when different opinions are shared and discussed. To this end, it is critical that everyone's opinion is respected.  Agree to disagree.
      • Be attentive, undistracted, and keep your mind on what's going on in class! It is disrespectful to the Instructor and the other students to be lax in behavior or language.
      • Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of others and their contributions to class discussions, which may, at times, be somewhat sensitive.
      • Be Punctual. If you are late more than 10 minutes you will be counted absent. Notes or Passes from other staff, teachers or substitutes will not change this.
      • Be Honest. This course, as with every other AISD course is graded and adheres to the student handbook and classroom guidelines. Plagiarism, cheating or dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Absolutely No EXCEPTIONS!!!
      • Take responsibility for your own learning. Exhibit a positive attitude towards learning. It is your education; please make the most of it!
      • Demeanor: Fortunately, most students understand what they’re here for and how to conduct themselves.  Unfortunately, some do not.  When I close the door to begin class, I expect that private conversations will end and I will have your attention for the duration of the class.  Among the things I expect you not to be doing in class: putting your head down or sleeping, talking to each other during class or generally being disruptive
      • No food, drinks, or grooming – Finish your breakfast before class or throw it away.                    


    • ELECTRONIC DEVICES (BYOD)- “Not seen, not heard, not taken”
    1. School policy will be enforced in our classroom.  Electronic devices may not
    2. be out in classes at all, even if you are done with work. 
    3. Devices may be used between classes, at lunch, and afterschool.
    4. Devices may not be charged in classrooms.  My classroom charging station ma
    5. Devices out during unauthorized times will be collected and turned into the office. 
    • Every student is required to have these items daily:
      • A composition notebook, spiral notebook, or small binder dedicated only to this course
      • A pen (A pencil for test purposes)

    • Class Supply List:
                    1) Spiral Notebook
                     2) Black/Blue Pens or #2 Pencils
                     3)  1” 3 ring binder and college paper
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  • Econ Syllabus


    Manvel High School

    Social Studies Department


    Instructor:     Robert Partida               



    Purpose:         This course is an introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics. Macroeconomics deals with the overall level of output, its rate of growth and the level of prices in general. This subdivision of economics deals with the economy as a whole: aggregate national income and output, government spending and taxation, money banking, monetary policy and international trade. Microeconomics focuses on individual economic entities.

     Materials Required:

     Pen – blue or black ink

    One subject spiral notebook


    Grading Policy:

     Daily work                              50%

    Tests and major projects        50%


     Monday and Wednesday 6:45 – 7:15am or By Appointment                                                    

    Make-Up Work:

     It is your responsibility to get your make-up work assignments turned in on time in accordance with my classroom rules.  This is to be done before or after school.  It is also your responsibility to get any notes missed.  If you are present for the unit or chapter or material and are only absent for the test itself, you will be required to take the test on the day you return to class or have points deducted.  If you are present for the unit or chapter or material and are only absent for the review day, you will still be required to take the test on the scheduled test day along with the rest of the class.  Make-up tests will be given before or after school as instructed by me.  It may /may not be the same test that was given in class.

     Late Work:

     10 points will be deducted from papers turned in after they have been collected but on the same day that it was due

    20 points will be deducted from work that is one day late

    30 points will be deducted from work that is two days late

    After two days, a grade of 50 will be earned.




    Cheating is defined as giving or receiving information on test or quizzes, copying homework assignments, or giving or receiving in other areas that I have specified that you work alone. A grade of 50 will be recorded for work on which you have cheated. The incident will then be reported to the appropriate Assistant Principal so that disciplinary action can be taken.


    Class Rules:


    1. Be respectful – Treat others how you would like to be treated.


    1. Be punctual – No one likes a person that is always late, develop good professional habits.


    1. Be responsible – Take pride and ownership in your work, it’s on you.


    1. No food, drinks, or grooming – Finish your breakfast before class or throw it away. 


    1. Electronic devices used only for educational purposes unless noted otherwise. 



    Students are expected to behave in a mature manner to allow a maximum amount of learning to take place.  Students who consistently disturb the learning environment will face disciplinary action from teacher, parent contact, and office referral.


    Come to my class ready to learn, discuss, and present in various ways the rich economic system in our country.


    HOKA HEY!!!


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