Washington Civics (Apex)

In Washington Civics, students examine the history, principles, and functions of the political system established by the U.S. Constitution. Starting with a basic introduction to the role of government in society and the philosophies at the heart of American democracy, this course provides students with the knowledge needed to be informed and empowered participants in the U.S. political system. 

Through critical reading activities, feedback-rich instruction, and application-oriented assignments, students develop their capacity to conduct research, analyze sources, make arguments, and take informed action. In written assignments and projects, students address critical questions about U.S. politics and the role of individual Americans in politics and political organizations. In discussion activities, students respond to political opinions, take a position, and defend their own claims. Formative and summative assessments provide students — and teachers — with ample opportunities to check in, review, and evaluate students' progress in the course. 

This course aligns to state standards and is informed by the College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and Washington State K-12 Learning Standards for Social Studies.

This updated course was originally created for Apex Courses and is now available in Courseware.