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Keturah Somoza

This week in Civics

Upcoming Weeks: (Mock Trial & SBAT) Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice and illustrate the law making process at the local, state, and federal levels.


This Week:  Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice and illustrate the law making process at the local, state, and federal levels.


Last week:  Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution, distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights, explain the Constitutional amendment process, Evaluate Constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society, and analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process.




Current Events/ Assignments for May/June

 May/ June 2014- NONE

Current Event Rubric 

¤   Summary of the article (who, what, when, where, why)                  10 pts.


¤   Name of the specific resource (Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald)           2 pts.


¤   Title of the Article                                                                                       2 pts.


¤   Date of the Article – no older than 2 weeks                                          2 pts.


¤   Picture or Illustration of article                                                               2 pts.


¤   Copy of the Article / Exact web addresses                                            2 pts.


                                                                                                                 Total 20 pts.


Students may submit their assignment via email or in class.


There will be 5 points subtracted from late assignments per day late.


Take your child to work day

Due to testing (FCAT, EOCs, and Primary), SAM will be participating in Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day on Friday, May 16th.  

Following is a link with additional resources:




US Civics EOC- Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the EOC?
May 8th and 9th, 2014

What happens if a student does not pass EOC?

A student's Civics EOC score is being calculated as 30% of their final grade.  When the scores are processed, the state will upload them for calculation into a student's grades prior to the release of the report card much as it's done for other EOC exams.

Is summer school a consequence of not passing?
There is no summer school option for middle school courses; courses that need to be retaken are completed through Virtual School.  Since this is a pilot year, this year's scores will be used to determine what the passing score will be for this test.  We have been informed that passing the EOC is not a requirement for passing the course THIS YEAR, but we are unsure of how situations will be handled where 30% application has a severely negative impact on the final grade.  As soon as we receive more information from the state or district on this, it will be passed on to parents and students.

Is the EOC based on achievement levels (1-5) score scale? What is considered a passing score?
Since Civics is in its pilot year, there are no achievement levels and there is no "barometer" as of yet other than using a scale score (the "T-score") to indicate whether a student's score falls within high, medium, or low levels compared to the rest of the state.  Achievement levels will be established in 2015 based on this year's pilot test results.  

When will the Civics EOC scores be released?
This is not yet known; we will receive them when the state has concluded the process of grading them.  We will post an announcement on our school website if scores are released after the last day of school.

Helpful links on End of Course exams: