Government and Civics

ORLgov1 Information on Fees and Registration can be found here. Registration for this class opens on July 16, 2018 and is capped at 10 students.


This 32-week class will cover the founding and structure of American government with a focus on the Constitution, Amendments, and the role of government in the lives of citizens and in relationship to international partners. The course will be discussion driven, requiring students to complete significant reading and response assignments during the week.  After an initial overview, the course will study significant issues in government and civics, such as the rule of law, the just war theory, terrorism, the influence of the Supreme Court, and many others built around the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Modern World History and Geography students should have a basic knowledge of

  • major events in American history, such as but not limited to: the American War for Independence, the founding documents, the American Civil War, Westward expansion, America in the World Wars, the Cold War, the War on Terror
  • the location of the major American allies and enemies such as North & South Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Great Britan, Germany, France, Egypt, South Africa, Syria, Iraq, Israel, and Saudi Arabia
  • current events in American and affecting our international interests, for example, the North Korea summit

Students must also be able to

  • read academic articles at a high school level
  • summarize readings in writing
  • complete basic online research
  • access library books
  • access BBC and/or WORLD magazine online
  • access the MCU films (see list below) including Infinity Wars 2 (in theaters Spring 2019)

Required Supplies

  • 1-inch three-ring binder with four dividers labeled documents, Constitution, reading responses, & movie notes
  • computer or tablet with internet access, a word processor (or access to Google Docs online) and the Educreation app (available for free)
  • notebook
  • index cards

Required Books

  • A copy of the US Constitution (I suggest buying on Amazon)
  • The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton (I suggest buying on Amazon)
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine (I suggest buying on Amazon)
  • The Prince by Machiavelli (I suggest buying on Amazon)

Schedule (coming soon)

Government and Civics will be offered online with weekly in-class discussion sessions. To receive high-school credit for this course, a student must complete 4 hours of coursework per week.

Marvel Movies

  1. Iron Man
  2. Iron Man 2
  3. Thor
  4. Captain America: The First Avenger
  5. Marvel’s Avengers
  6. Iron Man 3
  7. Thor: The Dark World
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy
  10. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  11. Ant-Man
  12. Captian America: Civil War
  13. Doctor Strange
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
  15. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  16. Thor: Ragnarok
  17. Black Panther
  18. Avengers: Infinity War
  19. Ant-Man and The Wasp
  20. Captain Marvel (releasing March 8, 2019)
  21. Avengers: Infinity War 2 (releasing 2019)