U.S Government Syllabus

Mr. Bragg


Phone:  940-369-1099

Room: B-201

Conference Period: 5th period

Tutorials:  Mondays 4:10pm –4:30pm

Website Link: /site/Default.aspx?PageID=6931

Purpose: The purpose of the course is to meet the political science requirement of the Texas core curriculum. Further it is the goal of the instructor that each student understands the political processes, structures and issues that are the foundations of American government and institutionalism.

Objective: The objective of study in a core curriculum in political science is an understanding and evaluation of the nature of governments and the actions of people concerning government and public policy. Such study is intended to inform students so that they can understand politics and political systems and thus function as responsible and effective citizens in their community, state, and nation.

Required Text: Macgrouder’s American Government


Supplemental Text: We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution


Supplies Needed:

Pocket folder with 3-prongs

Notebook/binder for notes and papers





1.      Come to class on time and with needed materials.

2.      Take care of private matters before class starts (i.e. bathroom/water/locker)

3.      Be respectful of classmates as well as your teacher.

4.      Be actively involved in class.

5.      Wear your student ID at all times.

6.      All policies in the Student Handbook will be followed.


Course Outline:

Semester Topics


Philosophical Foundations -     Unit 1


Creating the Constitution -       Unit 2


Constitutional Growth            Unit 3


American Institutions -              Unit 4


Bill of Rights -                             Unit 5


21st Century Challenges -         Unit 6



Grades will be in one of two categories: major grades and classwork/homework. Major grades consist of tests, projects, DBQs, essays, and presentations. There will be a minimum of two major grades per six weeks, with at least one major grade per unit covered.

Major Grades: 60% of final six weeks grade

Classwork/Homework: 40% of final six weeks grade


**Late work will be accepted with a penalty of 10pts deducted for each day (not class period) late. 


Signing up for E-Alerts

Being signed up for e-alerts will allow you to get an email every time I updated my web page for school wires. On my page, there will be a link to Gradespeed, a quick link to email me, a tutorial schedule, major assignments, an outline of the year, rules, helpful links to aid study, and an electronic copy of my syllabus. Depending on the unit, notes, extra credit, and minor assignments will also be posted.


In order to sign up for e-alerts, go to the Guyer High School home page: /site/Default.aspx?PageID=5545. Under the Shortcuts to the left, there is a link: E-Alerts Subscription. Follow the instructions to sign up for the e-alerts. You can sign up for every class your child is in.


Signing up for Gradespeed

Having access to Gradespeed will allow you to not only monitor your child’s grades, but his/her attendance.

In order to sign up for Gradespeed, go to the Guyer High School home page: /site/Default.aspx?PageID=5545. Under the Shortcuts to the left, there is a link: Gradespeed. Follow the instructions to sign up for Gradespeed. All of your child’s classes should be available for you to view.


Other Pertinent Information

·         You must turn off/silence all noise making devices before the start of class each day.  You may not text during class unless directed to do so by the instructor.  You may not listen to your mp3 player during class.  To do so is not only disrespectful of your instructor; it is also distracting to your fellow students and impedes your own learning.  Should you decide to text/use electronic devices in class without my direct permission please understand that I will confiscate them and send them to the office.

·         Government is not a subject that can fully be appreciated without discussion and debate.  There will be times when you disagree with me and/or your fellow classmates.  It is okay to disagree.  It is not okay to be disrespectful.  If you don’t know the difference, please ask (nicely).  We must learn to disagree agreeably.

·         You are expected to be in class both physically and mentally.  Please do not work on other assignments or sleep during class. 

·         Please DO NOT use http://www.wikipedia.com or other online encyclopedias as a source. This is a site that purports to provide accurate and scholarly information. However, anyone can post an entry on it, and there is no validity or verification of the entry’s accuracy. Therefore I do not recognize Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias as a valid source. Papers that use or list Wikipedia as a source will be penalized.












Guyer High School may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.   Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree and/or the submission as one's own work material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records.

·         Plagiarism is the use of an author's words or ideas as if they were ones own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation.

·         Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.

·         Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to providing a paper or project to another student, providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.





Last Modified on August 17, 2012