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Eric Balsman

Thank you for taking the time to visit my web page. I am looking forward to this school year and working with your student. This is my fourth year at Sikeston and I am teaching AP Government and CP Government. You will find weekly lesson plans and assignments under the corresponding web page.  If you need to contact me for any reason, my contact information is in my profile page. A synopsis of each class is below. 

AP Government and Politics

This course is a survey of the principles of American government and politics. The students will study the development and principles of our government, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the structure and function of federal, state, and local government. The students will also learn the importance of political participation, the electorial process, law, the legal system, and the basic economic principles of our nation. Students who successfully complete this course are required to pass a US Constitution and an End of Course (EOC) exam as specified by the State of Missouri. The primary difference between this course and CP Government is the amount of outside work and reading, intelectual discussions and writing that will be expected from students over the course of the year. Students will gain extensive knowledge about the 9 required documents and the 15 required Supreme Court cases. The examination of these required resources will futher develop an understanding of how our government functions and how Supreme Court cases can affect the daily life of an individual. Students will be encouraged to take the AP Government exam in an attempt to gain college credit for this course.

CP Government and Politics

This course is a survey of the principles of American government and politics. The students will study the development and principles of our government, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the structure and function of federal, state, and local government. The students will also learn the importance of political participation, the electorial process, law, the legal system, and the basic economic principles of our nation. Students who successfully complete this course are required to pass a US Constitution and an End of Course (EOC) exam as specified by the State of Missouri.

CP College Readiness

College Readiness is designed to assist college-bound seniors in preparing for the transition to college. Students will learn terminology relevant to college admission and research careers, majors, and colleges of interest. They will develop plans based on their research to choose the correct degree in their areas of interest. Students will complete admission applications to colleges that fit their chosen major. Students will also search and apply for scholarships and learn about other types of financial aid available for college students. Students will have the opportunity to talk to college recruiters and be presented with options for college that they might not have considered up to this point. Other topics covered will include: time/money management, creating a course schedule, studying requirements for college classes, and adjusting to residential life.

CP American Military History

America, a nation founded by war, has started, supported, avoided, and ended many wars throughout history. In this course, students will examine the causes of the wars, the key battles and participants in the wars, and how each war served as a turning point in American history. Students will use an interactive approach to learning, including films, presentations from local veterans, discussions of local and national societal implications of the wars, and battle recreations. By the end of the course, students will be more knowledgeable about America’s wars and how they have affected changes in the United States and around the world.

 

Eric Balsman

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Classroom Number:
C13
School Phone:
573-472-8850
Conference Time:
2nd Hour