• Citizenship

    Instructor Information

    Instructor:           Keith Meeuwsen

    Education:          Bachelor of Arts, Pacific University 1986

                                    Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark College 1992

    Room :                  B-39

    Work Phone:     503-397-1900 ext. 7470

    Work email:       keithm@sthelen.k12.or.us

    Hours:                   8:00am – 4:00pm


    Course Description:

    Citizenship is a one semester class focused on the understanding of the government at the local, state and federal levels. Students will be introduced to basic ideas on being a citizen and the roles and responsibilities of citizens.

    Course Outline:

    Unit 1 – Introduction to Citizenship. Students will learn to understand the roles and responsibilities of a citizen apply those values to 9/11 and the USA as a world citizen.

    Unit 2 – Comparative Government. Students will compare and contrast how different governments function as well as discuss concepts found in the preamble and the extent the US  government is reaching those ideals.

    Unit 3 – History of the US government. Discuss the creation of the United States and the Constitution, judge the effectiveness of the government and look how the Bill of Rights are applied.

    Unit 4 – Politics. Analyze political parties and discuss the major issues that form the platforms for the major parties today.

    Unit 5 – Voting. Analyze voting patterns as well as the effect of the media on voting.

    Unit 6 – Local Government – Understand how city, county and state governments are organized.

    Semester Project/Test


    Absent policy:

    If you are absent it is your responsibility to make up the work in the time provided. You have one day to make up work for each day you have been absent. When coming back after an absence, the best strategy is to look in your class box for worksheets and assignments, look at the white board to see what we did and then to ask a friend what took place – if you still need help – I will help you but I want you to try to solve this on your own first.

    Course Materials:

    The American Government Book is our main text. There will also be additional materials.


    Grading Policy:


    80% of your grade will be based on summative assessments. These assessments will be based on the learning targets of the class. 20% of the grade will be based on formative assessments.

    You will have one opportunity to retake cumulative assessments based upon completion of all qualifiers and discussion with the teacher. Retakes will only be offered during Academic Achievement periods. All retakes must be completed prior to the summative assessment for the next unit.

     All work is due at the beginning of the period – NOT THE END OF THE DAY.

    There is no late work for formative assessments. Of course if you are absent, that is different.

    The public meeting assignment will have specific due dates. You do not have the option to turn it in late.

    Once a 9 weeks is complete there is no opportunity to go back and redo or retake assignments and tests from that 9 weeks. All work must be completed 5 days before the end of the semester.

    If you have any grading issues – Please come and discuss this with me. I want you to succeed and will help in any way I can.

    Semester test is a cumulative test that is worth 20% of the grade.

    Successful students in my class:

    Students who want to get the most out of my class come to class on time, have materials, come every day, participate in class discussions and activities, are positive, and do the work on time. The work they do is clean, typed if possible, and shows effort.


    1. Be on time and prepared.
    2. Students will practice safety.
    3. Only one person will talk at a time.
    4. Students will respect other students the classroom and the teacher.


    1. Food is restricted. Stealth food only.
    2. Drinks are allowed – clean up is vital and will be explained.
    3. Bathroom is very restricted – be careful to pick the right moments to ask if you need to use the restroom.
    4. The turn in basket is on my desk – that is the only place to turn papers in!
    5. The out baskets are on my bookshelf – that is where graded papers go.
    6. Assignments are in the file boxes on my bookshelf – look there if you are absent for your work.
    7. Cell phones are put away and put on silent at the beginning of class.
    8. If you have any issues – please see me, I will do my best to help.