2024-2025 School Year

Civics GVL

Mondays Only OR Wednesdays Only

Offered on a Rotating Schedule: (Scheduled for this year: 24-25).

Course Description

This course covers American government including states, important documents, and branches of government, along with state and local government, symbols and holidays of America, leaders, voting, the party system, military, as well as Native American government and homeland security. Reading, workbook pages, and activities help reinforce the material.  The 2 volumes of text and the Citizen’s Handbook come with the curriculum package. The Lesson Review Workbook must be added separately for a nominal charge. Students are given daily reading assignments and take most tests at home. The class time consists of lectures and activities. Parents will be asked to aid students by checking answers to workbook pages, helping students study for tests, and proctoring tests sent home by co-op. Assignments will be posted on the class assignment calendar and in Jupiter Ed.

** Summer homework will be assigned in August and will need to be completed by the first day of class.

To be successful in this class:

Students must be able to organize material and complete assignments on time. Students will be expected to follow the Jupiter Ed assignment calendar, maintain a rigorous reading schedule, study material at home, come to class prepared, take an active part in classroom discussions, and interact with civics through creative projects. This course requires 3-5 hours weekly of work at home.

Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Fees: $180 per class per year

Sections Offered: 4th Hour- Monday only or 2nd or 3rd Hour - Wednesday only

Required Materials

Textbook: Uncle Sam and You Curriculum Package by Notgrass. This purchase includes all 3 of the required textbooks (Part I, Part II, and The Citizen’s Handbook)

Workbook: Uncle Sam and You Lesson Review
Please Note: the Lesson Review workbook is not required

Other materials:

  • 3-ring binder
  • Access to printer (with ink and paper)

4th Hour- Monday only or 2nd or 3rd Hour - Wednesday only

Meet Dori Impson

Education: B.A. Early Childhood Education, December 2000, Clemson University, M.A. History, January 22 to Current, Clemson University- Field of study includes Legal History and Civil Rights

Teaching experience: I have over twenty years of teaching experience in various classroom environments, including public school, private school, and public charter as well as homeschool.

Homeschool experience: Our family has homeschooled using the Classical Approach to education since 2012. We also have experience with Abeka and Horizons material as well as incorporating Orton Gillingham methods into our school day.

Certifications: Orton Gillingham Certification- Associate Level- August 2017- The Orton-Gillingham Academy

UHC Courses Taught: Middle School Civics
Began teaching at UHC in 2024