Welcome to Mr. Verzosa's 8th Grade Civics Class!

Be Safe, Isolate, and Be Well!

Update April 14, 2020


Important message from PWCS:

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

With that in mind:

Optional Check-In Class Meeting on Microsoft Teams:Tuesday/Thursday
Tuesday AM 20 Minute short check in
Core 1 10:30 AM
Core 2 10:50 AM
Core 3 11:10 AM
Core 4 11:30 AM

Thursday PM
Core 1 1:00 PM
Core 2 1:20 PM
Core 3 1:40 PM
Core 4 2:00 PM

I may combine classes in the future, an announcement will be made. 


Office hours: Friday 1:30PM-3:00PM or by appointment/email. 
Email is always available, usually 24 or better turn around, faster during work hours 8:00AM-3:00PM
Class wall is updated several times a week.
Teams is open and I am generally available. 

SOL Material Covered this Year:

Check Useful Links and Files and Documents  to the left for review activities.

Below is an accounting of the standards we have covered and when we covered them. There is also information on continued optional learning. You may want to check here every day starting March 30th, and also on our Team platform. 

Where we have been...

Onoing: CE.1 The student will develop the social studies skills responsible citizenship requires, including the ability to a) examine and interpret primary and secondary source documents; b) create and explain maps, diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and spreadsheets; c) analyze political cartoons, political advertisements, pictures, and other graphic media; d) distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information; e) review information for accuracy, separating fact from opinion; f) identify a problem, weigh the expected costs and benefits and possible consequences of proposed solutions, and recommend solutions, using a decision-making model; g) formulate an informed, carefully reasoned position on a community issue; h) select and defend positions in writing, discussion, and debate.
September 2019: CE.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of American constitutional government by a) explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government; b) explaining the significance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights; c) identifying the purposes for the Constitution of the United States as stated in its Preamble; d) identifying the procedures for amending the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States.
September 2019  CE.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of citizenship and the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens by a) describing the processes by which an individual becomes a citizen of the United States; b) describing the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition, and the rights guaranteed by due process and equal protection of the laws; c) describing the duties of citizenship, including obeying the laws, paying taxes, defending the nation, and serving in court; d) examining the responsibilities of citizenship, including registering and voting, communicating with government officials, participating in political campaigns, keeping informed about current issues, and respecting differing opinions in a diverse society; e) evaluating how civic and social duties address community needs and serve the public good. 
September/October 2019 CE.4 The student will demonstrate knowledge of personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in civic life by a) practicing trustworthiness and honesty; b) practicing courtesy and respect for the rights of others; c) practicing responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance; d) practicing respect for the law; e) practicing patriotism; f) practicing decision making; g) practicing service to the school and/or local community.
October/November 2019 
CE.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the political process at the local, state, and national levels of government by a) describing the functions of political parties; b) comparing the similarities and differences of political parties; c) analyzing campaigns for elective office, with emphasis on the role of the media; d) examining the role of campaign contributions and costs; e) describing voter registration and participation; f) describing the role of the Electoral College in the election of the president and vice president; g) participating in simulated local, state, and/or national elections.
November 2019: CE.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the American constitutional government at the national level by a) describing the structure and powers of the national government; b) explaining the principle of separation of powers and the operation of checks and balances; c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process; d) describing the roles and powers of the executive branch.
November/December 2019 
CE.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the American constitutional government at the state level by a) describing the structure and powers of the state government; b) explaining the relationship of state governments to the national government in the federal system; c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process; d) describing the roles and powers of the executive branch and regulatory boards.
January 2020 CE.8 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the American constitutional government at the local level by a) describing the structure and powers of the local government; b) explaining the relationship of local government to the state government; c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process.
February 2020: CE.9 The student will demonstrate knowledge of how public policy is made at the local, state, and national levels of government by a) examining the impact of the media on public opinion and public policy; b) describing how individuals and interest groups influence public policy; c) describing the impact of international issues and events on local decision making.
March 2020: CE.10 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the judicial systems established by the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States by a) describing the organization of the United States judicial system as consisting of state and federal courts with original and appellate jurisdiction; b) describing the exercise of judicial review; c) comparing and contrasting civil and criminal cases; d) explaining how due process protections seek to ensure justice. 



If you would like review materials, you may look at SOL PASS. You may also read the text at this link. https://www.henry.k12.va.us/cms/lib/VA01000023/Centricity/Domain/1076/Civics%20-%20Student%20Text.pdf


Previous Posts
Today is March 30, 2020

Link to Today in History from the History Channel History.com: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history


I have sent out an email via Synergy, if you didn't get it, please email me so I can add you to my email and keep you up to date. 
My email is: verzosajl@pwcs.edu

Right now I am shifting focus to MS Teams but will be posting what I can (some material is limited with copyright/security) to Google Classroom and this Class Page. 

I will be (trying to) host MS Team Meetings with all of my Core Classes (and perhaps Zoom later) Monday through Friday once in the morning at 9am-10am and again at 2pm-3pm. 


Your current new assignment, ungraded, is to watch CNN 10 and comment on MS Teams if you would like (optional). We'd like to watch Tuesday and Thursday, or more.

I am also posting some resources if you would like to learn more about them, but they are optional and ungraded.
There are Crash Course videos, Quizlet, and similar material. 

Grades are updated and I am researching how students who missed tests will make them up in our current situation. 

I hope to hear from you via email and hear you/chat in the MS Team meetings. 

Yours, 

Mr. V