Abraham Lincoln November 1863hemingwayfranklin

Mr. Hayes    

Welcome to Hayes' pages.

Included within these pages are the guidelines for our year's inquiry into human interactions as well as how we relate to our government. During this year we will be asking big questions about how we live with one another. We will learn how to interigate the facts and opinions that surround the study of government to filter out the truth.


Classwork By Date

Civics: Welcome to Quarter 2

11/10 -11/15    Article one of the Constitution Project (Handouts and printout of Constitution required)

11/17- 11/21   Complete project and presentations

11/24 - 11/26   Article Two The executinve branch, readings and writing assingment


11/10-11/15     Buisness plans and presentations, Plan and rubric required Southern CT Univ

11/17-11/21     Writing business plans and creating presentations, Thurs 11/20 CCSU presentation





John Hayes    

Students will study the foundations of American government and examine the three branches. They will learn to identify the powers of the executive branch, critique the role of the Supreme Court and understand how Congress makes laws. Students will analyze types of political views and determine how they influence the democratic process. The students will also interpret the Bill of Rights to explain personal freedoms. Students will use reading and writing strategies for the content area, use research and information skills, and actively engage in evaluation, analysis and synthesis of American government.

Simply stated: What is our government and how do we interact with it?

Foundations of American Government

  • Roots of American Democracy
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitution


The Legislative Branch

  • Congress and how it works
  • Influencing Government


The Executive Branch

  • The President
  • Executive Branch and the American bureaucracy


The Judicial Branch

  • The Federal Court System
  • Supreme Court Cases


The Bill of Rights

  • Our Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Civil Rights Cases


Your grade will be derived using the following considerations.

40%    Engagement  How involved you are with the class making contributions and asking questions

40%    Projects, assignments, presentations, and classwork  This is the physical product you produce to demonstrate your growing knowledge and understanding.

20%   Assessments  These are tests, quizzes, quick writes and are referred to as “A Check-Up from the Neck-Up”  in other words show me how much you know.

It is my expectation that you put 100% of the effort and energy you have into our class. It is to your benefit as the more you put in, the more you get out of the class.

I will be available to meet with you be either appointment or after school. Just let me know when you need to meet with me.