2019 CLASSES: Government

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
- Benjamin Franklin -
Class Description
Using lectures, short presentations, discussion, small group explorations, simulations, films, debates, mapwork, and learning games this class will hit upon all the differing learning styles and provide a variety of learning experiences to enliven and motivate the class.


We will follow the Magruder’s American Government and also use Whatever Happened to Justice? (An Uncle Eric Book) by Richard J. Maybury. All students, even those that are auditing, are required to read the assigned chapters so we can discuss these concepts and participate in activities
related to them in class. Homework will be sent via email. Homework will be graded for those taking the class for credit and as an honor’s class. Two tests will be given during the semester.


I will start each class with a lecture and discussion about the most important
parts of the chapter or chapters they read at home. Then I will give them information on the activity we will perform that day. The rest of the time period will be activities in the subject area.

I will also be supplementing with the books You Decide! Applying the Bill or Rights to Real Cases and Everyday Law for Young Citizens for extra activities and discussions. These will be provided for you in class; there is no need to purchase them.

Students need to bring – Pencil and paper or laptop for notes, and to purchase MAGRUDERS AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 2010 STUDENT EDITION, ISBN-13: 978-0133731729 (You can find this book used on Amazon.com from $5 - $10) and Whatever Happened to Justice? (An Uncle Eric Book) by Richard J. Maybury (You can find this on amazon.com new for $18 and used for under $10).

Meet The Teacher

Hello! I'm Susan Bacon, director of Franklin School. I have a B.S. in Education with a minor in Gifted Education. I'm a state certified teacher with 5 years public school teaching experience and 35 years of working with students. Through private tutoring, teaching homeschool classes, and working with homeschooling families I have found that my greatest joy in life is helping students find their own unique way of learning.

After working as a cover school coordinator for 5 years I founded Franklin School. I saw a need to provide families with a more creative learning experience with a larger variety of activities. As director of Franklin School these past 20 years I have offered homeschooling families curriculum assistance, transcripts, a lending library, activities, classes, field trips, parent workshops, and many other homeschooling amenities. 

As a certified and very experienced teacher my goal is to assist parents by offering support in all areas of homeschooling and to help enrich each student’s educational adventure by offering a variety of classes. 

Schedule and Fees

High School Credit

14 - 1 ½ hour classes

Audit -

Enrolled Families: $60 class fee, $20 materials fee

Visiting Families: $80 Class Fee, $20 material fee

(approximately $7 a class)

High School Credit -

(Homework and tests graded)

Enrolled families: $100 class fee, $20 material fee

Visiting families: $120 class fee, $20 material fee

(approximately $10 a class)

Honor’s Credit -

(Homework and tests graded with special once a month honor’s projects due)

Enrolled Families: $130 class fee, $20 material fee

Visiting Families: $150 class fee, $20 material fee

(approx.$12 a class)

Thursdays, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

AUG  8, 15, 22

SEP    5, 12, 19

OCT   3, 10, 17, 24

NOV  7, 14, 21

DEC   6

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