Students will earn credit in Civics class for memorizing and/or being able to summarize and paraphrase certain important historical documents. Some will be required for a grade and others will be optional (for extra credit).

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  • First Quarter- Declaration of Independence - OCTOBER
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

  • Second Quarter-Preamble to the Constitution- DECEMBER
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • Third Quarter- First Amendment- MARCH
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • Fourth Quarter- Gettysburg Address- MAY
    ...It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom --
    and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Here is a list of OPTIONAL items to be memorized or paraphrased for extra credit:
  • The Pledge of Allegiance
  • The Boyer Valley Fight Song
  • The National Anthem; Star Spangled Banner
  • 50 States & their capitals
  • The 44 Presidents (in order)
  • Portions of the Magna Carta
  • The Mayflower Compact
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Bill of Rights (first 10 Amendments)
  • Articles and Amendments of the Constitution
  • Major Offices of the 3 Branches (and current office holders)
  • President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 1863

Speeches for summarizing, paraphrasing, and/or memorizing portions.