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Millikan Middle School Affiliated Charter Performing Arts Magnet & Science Academy

Civics Academy
2016-2017 is the final year for the Civics Academy at Millikan MS

The Civics Academy is an interdisciplinary academic approach that integrates the existing curriculum with civic education themes. It examines issues from across the curriculum with a focused, coherent, central theme of citizenship. The success of the program lies within the student-centered activities and participation in discussions on topics of relevance and importance. Academy- elected student officials run council meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order, as these “Civic Thinkers” examine the world around them.

8th Grade Civics Academy: (Mrs. Huff – English / Mrs. Tanguay – Social Studies)
This interdisciplinary team will focus on preparing students to become proficient in research and writing that will enable them to actively participate as citizens in local government and community-based concerns through mock trials and courtroom discussions with the San Fernando Bar Association. Students will travel on an overnight curricular trip, allowing them to experience first-hand, their world in action (past trips have included Washington D.C. Presidential Inauguration, Sacramento State Capitol Assembly tour, Boston Freedom Historical Trip). Students will engage in competitive debates as they learn strategies to create the changes that they would like to see in the world today

The Civics Academy addresses Civic Literacy across the curriculum in the following ways:

Cognitive and Reasoning Skills
  • Development of logical argument (oral and written)
  • Persuasive argument development or debate skills
  • Multiple Perspectives
  • Evaluation of information
  • Recognition of bias
  • Drawing conclusions based on evidence
  • Decision making skills
  • Analytic and synthesis skills
Foundational Content
  • Historical Understanding
  • Foundations of Democracy
  • Government structure and institutions
  • Constitutional constructs
  • Political, economic and geographic knowledge
Participation Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Formal Debate Skills
  • Consensus-building and Compromise
  • Working together
  • Simulations of institutional processes (e.g. Mock Trials, Mock Elections)
  • Student Voices (school and/or local governance)
  • Community involvement
  • Volunteerism
Dispositions and Attitudes
  • Equity and inclusiveness
  • Voting and Campaign activism
  • Community issues, interest and research
  • Service Learning
  • Civic engagement
  • Role Models and career exploration
  • Opportunities for school and community involvement