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    Mrs. Autumn Martin contact info: martina9@gcsnc.com, canvas, or 336-605-3300

    Welcome to the Founding Principles of the United States and North Carolina: Civic Literacy (or, as I like to call it, Civic Lit)! 
    I am so excited to be with you this year to learn more about what it means to be a citizen, how the Constitution is actually in our everyday lives, and why we are learning about the principles of our government and state in the first place. I hope this page is helpful for you to get an idea of who I (Mrs. Martin) and what Civic Literacy is really about. 
    Who is Mrs. Martin?
    I am curious, empathetic, sarcastic, weird, and caring. I love coffee, naps, learning, playing card/board games, and watching tv with my husband and daughter. My husband, DeMarques, and I have been married for almost 5 years and we have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, Alora. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and will be interning at a private practice after school for the next year! 
    Who is Mrs. Martin the Teacher?
    This will be my 9th year at NWHS! I have taught Civics for 8 out of 9 years and love educating freshmen. I have a B.A. in Political Science from Mary Baldwin College and am passionate about individuals being educated on their rights, responsibilities, and duties as a citizen (or resident). I would describe my style of teaching as a facilitator, allowing students to dig deeper into the concepts, ask questions and find their answer, and discuss what it means as a class. I expect students to be responsible for their education and for that responsibility to increase throughout the year. Lastly, relationships are everything to me and I strive to develop a positive one with each of my students and classes. 
    What is Civics Literacy?
    It is a little bit of history, political science, and philosophy, with a dash of economics and geography. Unlike previous social studies classes, Civics Literacy focuses on the deeper understanding of the functions of government. This means we will examine what powers each branch of government really has, how systems within our society reflect the principles of the government, and how we as individuals use the information to create a better society for ourselves and others.
    Why do we learn Civics Literacy?
    We learn civic literacy because the government, politics, court systems, individual rights...the list goes on, is all around us. For example, this school is funded by taxes from the county, state, and federal government. So you are within a spectrum of the government every single school day! I believe some of the most important take aways from the class will be understanding what is really the purpose of the government, what rights we have as individuals and citizens, and discovering an interest in current events. 
    I am so excited to see what this school year brings! It's always a great day to be a Viking!










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