American Government

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

Students will journey through the foundations of our American government, making connections between the intentions of the Founders to the system that we have today.  We then look, in detail, at the different branches of government and analyze their individual importance and powers, along with the necessity for checks and balances, and how those force the separate branches to work together.  To wrap the semester up, we shift from the federal level to the state and local levels, including tribal forms of government.  Lastly, current events will play a large role in the different modules/topics, and students will be expected to keep up on the news and be able to discuss the big stories, especially those with political/governmental topics.

This class moves fast and requires top-notch participation, which is not just a class requirement but is needed to make the class more interesting for everyone.


Students should have a working knowledge of U.S. History and basic understandings of World History. Students should have basic knowledge of The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Students should be able to write a 3-5 page essay or research paper, be able to create a PowerPoint presentation or other alternative.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

American Government Public Syllabus

Required Materials:


Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

This specific course requires YouTube and TeacherTube. It is strongly recommended that students have access to Microsoft Office for class projects and activities.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: available

Lead Teacher:

Ryan Cooney, Capital High School,


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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