York Community High School

American Government

#0171 American Government

Grade 10 1 Semester Course – 1.0 credit

American Government is the second course in the social studies core course sequence.  It provides a blend of political science, government and civic curricular goals.  In practical ways, students learn about the constitutional structure and behavioral trends in the American political system.  Areas of study include political ideology, the electoral process, policymaking, constitutional interpretation and the analysis of current events.  A special focus is placed on fostering an individual sense of civic duty and pride.  In addition, the course emphasizes the frequent use if higher order thinking skills in its examination of the American system of government and strives to cultivate in students a nuanced, analytical mindset.  Development of reading, writing, speaking, listening and research skills, in the context of the social studies, will be emphasized.  Successful completion of this course fulfills the state mandated U.S. and Illinois Constitution tests.         

 Rationale: American Government is a required course for graduation that provides a bridge between World Studies and United States History.  In conjunction with these other two courses, it provides a solid foundation for York students to be engaged, informed and judicious citizens. 

Teachers who teach American Government:

Buono, Jennifer Teacher
Carl, Tamra (630) 617-2400 ex.7346 AP Micro, AP Macroeconomics, and American Government tcarl@elmhurst205.org
Dowdy, Kenneth (630) 617-2400 ex.7331 AP U.S. Government and Politics, American Government & Constitutional Law
Halupka, Krzysztof (630) 617-2400 ex.7379 Special Education Teacher khalupka@elmhurst205.org
Immel, Jonathan (630) 617-2473 Learning Commons Dept Chair Government Teacher