Mr. Iseler

    Course Information


    One semester/One-half credit

     Teacher Information

    Room 308,

    School phone: 810-591-5569 E-mail: riseler@carmanainsworth.org

    I often stay after school until at least 3 p.m. for students who would like extra help. Appointments for extra help need to be made at least one day in advance.


    Students must have successfully completed U.S. History.

    Course Description and Overview of Content

    This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of national, State, and local government in the United States.

    Course Goal/ Intended Outcomes

    By the end of this course students:

    — will be able to pass a comprehensive exam on the basic concepts and facts from the Michigan Standards and Benchmarks.

    —will meet the CA Performance Exit Behaviors set forth by the Carman-Ainsworth School District.

    —will demonstrate knowledge of the structure of our government, its functions, issues, and problems that relate to it.

    —will be able to give examples of powers delegated to the national government, reserved for the States and discuss infractions of constitutionality in these cases.

    —will be able to evaluate the government using current events.

    —will demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. electoral process and possible revisions.

    —will have researched major and minor parties in the U.S. and their effect on the electoral process.

    —will know how to inform themselves about political issues and respond to our representatives.

    Texts and/ or Other Materials

    Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You (2009)

     A variety of other materials, such as other readings, will supplement the text.

    1.     EACH DAY have the text, civics interactive notebook, pens or SHARPENED pencils, when the bell rings.

    2.     There will be graded SPOT CHECKS for these materials.

    3.      All assignments, projects, and assessments must be PROPERLY FORMATTED to receive credit.

    Format and Activities

    Students will have regular assignments, projects, and assessments. Students will work on assignments in groups and individually. Lectures, silent reading, guided reading, guided viewing, hands on activities, discussions, debates, guest speakers, and various media sources will be part of the class.  *Students are required to keep all assignments and projects throughout the semester in the interactive notebook.


    Grading Practices and Procedures

    Marking period grade construction roughly: 25% tests/quizzes. 25% interactive notebook, 25% projects, 25% daily positive participation and citizenship. Three marking periods in the semester. Final exam is worth 20% of semester grade.

    The following grading scale will be used: A 100-93%; A- 92.9-90%; B+ 89.9-87%; B 86.9-83%; B- 82.9-80%; C+ 79.9-77%; C 76.9-73%; C- 72.9-70%; D+ 69.9-67%; D 66.9-63%; D- 62.9-60%, E Below 60%.

    Students are expected to hand in assignments when due. 


    1. One school day late, no more than 60% credit possible.                                                                                                                                    

    2. Two school days late to five school days late, no more than 50% possible. 3. Assignments handed in more than five school days late will receive no credit.

    4. Late policy does not apply to randomly collected assignments or assignments or projects with due dates given more than one day in the future.

    5. It is the responsibility of students to hand in late work and make-up work to Mr. Iseler during the LAST FIVE MINUTES of the class period. Write and circle date(s) absent or number of days late at top of assignment.

    Attendance/ Tardiness

    1. Students are expected to be in class, on time, each day. Attendance and tardy policies in the Student Handbook are followed. Tardies will only be excused if students have a note from another teacher or school official.

    2. If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to get and complete missed work. Consult other students, the absence folder, or ask the teacher without disrupting class or after school. The student will have one day plus one to make up the work, as per the Student Handbook.

    3. If absent on the day a test is given students must schedule and take make- up tests with Mr. Iseler. Tests must be made up within one week or a grade of “0” will be given.

    Classroom Rules and Procedures

    In addition to the guidelines in the CA Handbook, I expect that we follow these simple rules:


    1.     Be Prompt – On time and in seat; Ready to learn

    2.     Be Prepared – Bring required materials every day

    3.     Be Courteous – Stay in seat unless the teacher gives permission to move about room

    4.     Be Respectful – To other students, the teacher, yourself

    5.     Participate! – Be engaged, follow the rules, pay attention

    These rules will be enforced and added to if necessary. We will dig deeper into the meaning of these rules in class: however, I believe high school students know what is expected of them in class. I will have no tolerance for those students who disrupt the learning environment. You are young adults and are expected to behave in accordance with that title.


    The only time students should leave the classroom is if they have an EMERGENCY and then students must follow classroom sign-out procedures and have a pass before leaving. Students are allowed two passes per marking period for EMERGENCY trips to rest room/drinking fountain/locker, NOT to print out work for this or other teachers’ classes. Unused passes are each worth 10 extra credit points during a marking period. There are 20 possible extra credit points per marking period for unused passes.


    Plan accordingly.


    Extra credit. Extra credit, usually not exceeding 5% of the combined two-marking period point total, may be available. Authorized extra credit will always be assigned and all students will be eligible for it. Unauthorized work done for extra credit will not be accepted.


    Technology Usage

    Students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP form) and have one signed by a parent or guardian and handed in to officials at the media center.


    Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism, copying, cheating, or being an accessory to plagiarism, copying or cheating will not be tolerated. *See Page 12 of Student Handbook for more information.


    From both Student and Parent/Guardian



    (This information Due ON Sept. 9, 2011, 20 point assignment.)

    Student name (print)___________________________

    Parent/Guardian signature (stating you read this document)______________________________

    List 2 phone numbers Parent/Guardian can be reached at:


    Email address: (please print)