8th Grade Civics and Economics Syllabus 2018-2019

Teacher:                                  Email:                                      Phone

Jeremy Page                                             (540) 853-2251


Course Description/Objectives: The course covers how to access and think about information from a critical point of view. Civics is the study of what it means to be a citizen, while economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. A few examples of material covered include: the way the American government is set up and its purposes; the 1st Amendment and other rights; voting; political parties; types of economies; and exploring how to think about information, including historical and current events.  If you’re reading this and thinking it sounds like some alien language from another universe and has nothing to do with you, I promise, by the end of the year, you’ll be able to explain it in your own words and add something important of your own. There is an SOL test at the end of the year for this course.


Course Outline:

1st nine weeks: Citizenship, Principles of Democracy, Key Documents, Finances, Elections,

and U.S. Constitution

2nd nine weeks: Branches/Levels of Government- Legislative and Executive branches

3rd nine weeks: Branches/Levels of Government- Judicial branch

4th nine weeks: Economics and SOL Review


Materials You Will Need: 1-inch binder, 4 dividers, pencils/pens, colored pencils, PASS laptop (with charger), a pack of notebook paper, and headphones (for use with laptop)


Grading Policy:

Homework: 10% (of total grade)

Class Work: 30%

Quizzes/Snapshots/Small Projects:  20%

Tests/Major Projects: 40%



1. Respect Yourself                 2. Respect Others          3. Respect Property


Students are expected to ENTER the room quietly before the tardy bell rings, go directly to their assigned seat, and begin the WARM UP.


DURING CLASS, students are expected to remain in their seat and stay quiet and focused on their assignments. Students will raise their hand from their seat if they need help.  Use your time wisely!


WHEN CLASS IS DISMISSED, students will make sure their area is clear, assignments are turned in, and leave quietly.