Think and Do: Read the info on this handout about Theories of Policy Making and fill it out. Discuss afterwards how you think the policy you chose in Step 4 was made.
1. Spend today working on this StoryBoard Project. You will need to chose different laws to detail and review the steps in your textbook before starting. What you don't finish today with my help is due on Monday.
Thursday, Nov 16
Think and Do: Spend 5 minutes reviewing powers of Congress listed in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution in your textbook. Then play "Last Man/Woman Standing". Exiled if you guess wrong or don't know...advance if you guess right. Winner gets to use notes on the next test.
2. Get Grading Rubric for Unit 5: Public Policy Chapter 16. There is a Journal Review required for this chapter as well, over a current domestic public policy of the Trump Administration. Both are due this TUESDAY.
1. Here Come the Justice! Who are They? Boys look up female justices, girls look up males justices. Research each of the current Supreme Court members and Wikipedia information on judicial nominations. You don’t need to read the full entries, just enough to fill out the guide. Share out info with someone of the opposite sex when everyone is finished. Links are below. If you are absent you must do this all on your own and have it turned in on Monday!
2. Watch this segment from 60 Minutes about the Pioneer Hotel fire in Arizona. Complete a Lesson Closure to write about key ideas of how the justice system handled this case. The title and topic of this lesson closure is Pioneer Hotel Fire.
3. Go over short answer essay from last week.
Wednesday, Nov 1st
Think and Do: Get a laptop and go to this website with Federalist Paper No. 78. Read the primary source and answer any 5 of the following questions on this bell ringer.
2. Signing Statements: Read about Signing statements in your small groups (rotate groups from the step above!). Then using the signing statement your group is given, read and answer the questions that follow as a group. Then you will share out with the rest of the class what you learned.
3. Watch Vice News segment about the governor's race in Virginia. If absent, do a Lesson Closure using information in this reading (video not available online).
Friday, Oct 27th: TEST TUESDAY OVER Ch 7 and 8
Think and Do: Turn in your Journal Review and then spend 5 minutes on your phone reminding yourself what "Iron Triangles" are...graded Free Response Questions coming up after the 60 Minutes video below!
2. Spend 20 minutes reading this excerpt about the differences between government and business when it comes to "getting the job done." Using this handout, you will complete with your team and then share out with the class.
Think and Do: What is the job of the Office of Management and Budget? Can YOU solve the budget crisis? Get a laptop and see who can solve the federal budget problems with the LEAST amount of cuts to programs?!
1. Using laptops and a partner, spend 20 minutes researching and coming up with a 5-10 minute presentation about the following roles and relationships of the Presidential Establishment. Find interesting real world examples or videos....keep it under 10 minutes! Groups will be "The VP", "The First Lady", The "EOP" and the "White House Staff".
2. Present what you learned to the class! Include fun facts! As teams present, fill out this chart.
Tuesday, Oct 24th: ACT DAY...shortened class, ACT.
Think and Do: Today we begin our "I'm Just a Bill" project. Before our guest speaker presents today, you will need to familiarize yourself with actual legislation in Congress. Get a laptop, and quickly go to Congress.gov on the internet. Then click on the link next to "Most Viewed Bills", where it says Top 10. Make sure you are on the week of October 8th...last week. You will need this handout to write on as you review bills. Turn in to the box when you are finished. Only do Part 1.
HOMEWORK: Study for Ch 6 test tomorrow. This week, finalize the "I'm Just a Bill" Project by this Friday evening: The remaining part of today's "I'm Just a Bill" Webquest is found here and due for homework by this Friday evening at midnight.
Think and Do: Analyze this graphic about things people like more or less than Congress. Draw some conclusions about the chart. Also, watch this clip "Who Dis?" about one of our many Congressmen. And check out a bio of Roy Moore, who is up for the Senate election in Alabama. What is it about our primary system that gets people like this elected?
2. When finished, get a computer and go to this interactive info graphic about the makeup of Congress. Play around with the various combinations "If you are ___ and ___ and ___ and ____".
As an exit ticket on your own paper, answer the following: A) What most surprises you about our Congress? B) Do you believe we have a true democracy based on the makeup of our representatives? Why or why not? C) How can we get our Congress to more accurately reflect the makeup of our American citizens?
Friday, Sept 22nd
1. Turn in extra credit and take fun mid term!
Don't forget to turn in your project time stamped by midnight on Sunday!
Think and Do: Click on this graphic and on scratch paper A) describe what trend you see in the table showing total dollars spent per year. B) Figure out what was spent on lobbying per month in 2005.C) Choose 3 businesses from the list you are NOT familiar with and google what it is they do? Then, as a class, discuss what laws these various businesses might want Congress to create/alter.
1. As a class, watch this segment of "In It to Win It" and make a list of the various ethics rules that were allegedly violated by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After, discuss how Abramoff's abuses of power affected the democratic process.
Think and Do: Watch this John Oliver segment on Media Consolidation, then complete a 5 minute "free write" answering the prompt: For what reasons is the consolidation of media problematic for our democratic systems?
Think and Do: Go to this website about Grassroots Campaigning. Read and explore. On your own paper, A) write down 5 specific actions YOU can perform to help in elections. B) What is the phone number to the Raleigh office?
1. Get in small groups of 3 or 4. On large paper provided, make 3 columns. Label one Democrat, one Republican and leave the other blank for a 3rd party of your groups choosing later. Then...
2. ...using these website links, look up the platforms of both Democrat or Republican parties. On the large paper provided write down summaries of at least 6 specific "planks" for each party. (choose a decent mix of economic policies and social issues) Then...
3. ...think of a 3rd party you want to research, and do the same in the third column on your large paper.. Here's a list of some third parties today. (once you find a party, find their platform list off of their website). Then...
4. Share what you learned with the class. Then, compete in a timed "Big Brother" style competition to see who can put all the planks in the rights spots.
Think and Do: Review our Poll Responses and team winner!!
1. Watch "Chisholm 72" and answer the following questions on the viewing guide. When finished, turn in to the box for a grade. If you were absent, your alternate assignment is to watch this 45 minute documentary and type a 2 page, double spaced summary of what you learned.
Think and Do: Using your phones, click on this link and on scratch paper answer the following: 1) What is the difference between "hard money" and soft money? 2) How much overall money for the 2016 election year did the Democratic Party and the Republican Party each raise? 3) How much in the 2008 election year?
1. Watch "Street Fight" about Cory Booker's run for mayor in 2002. Complete this viewing guide for a grade. If you are absent, you MUST watch on Netflix. Only location for this.
Wednesday, Aug 30th
Turn in your Journal Review assigned Monday. No exemptions can be used on this assignment!
2. Discuss as a class. How did YOU define social capital? Besides technology, what are some reasons for decline in social capital? Read through this fact sheet and brainstorm some of these questions as a class.
3. Exit Ticket: Besides technology, what are some reasons for decline in social capital?
Monday, Aug 28th
Think and Do: Listen to 46 minutes to 56 minutes of the Aug 24th podcast of Pod Save America and answer the following: 1) Why are focus groups different from polls? 2) For what reasons did Obama voters say they switched to Trump in 2016? 3) Do you be the MAJORITY of voters pick candidates on issues or on perception of personality?
3. Get laptops. Amazing Race! Last one finished must suffer the consequences...
Go to NC Voter Guide and answer the questions on the overhead on your T&D paper...
Then, play the interactive Voter Suppression game as a minority. Stay in line and complete all obstacles until your vote is counted!
On the T&D paper, write an answer to the following in a complete sentence: What are two obstacles you faced as a minority voter?
Next. make sure your name is on this T&D paper, and turn it into the back box...
Shut down your laptop and put it back on a charge...then...
Using Ch 12 or your brain, come write on whiteboard 1 way we can increase voter turnout. No duplicates!
Go back to your seat and raise your hand in a "peace" sign.
HOMEWORK Journal Review due Wednesday (no coupons used to exempt this): Type up a current event analysis related to the Unit 2 topic of "cross cutting and reinforcing cleavages". Since this concept is not in your textbook, study this video link to teach yourself what these political science terms mean. Then find a current event article describing an example of these cleavages in America today. Identify if the issue is a cross cutting or reinforcing cleavage and how this might affect unity. Remember, to follow the rules of Journal Reviews!
Friday, Aug 25th
Think and Do: Fill out a voter registration form. Discuss things on the form that the average person might get wrong or not understand.
1. Also, turn in OPTIONAL assignment if you so choose. You were to have read this article "Dirty Little Secrets" and turn in 10 of the most significant points you think are made in the article. You need to write in enough detail I know you read the article. 2 pts earned per point you write, for a max of 20 extra credit points.
2. Spend the rest of class working on your teacher survey from the Webquest found here. Be ready for me to send it out this weekend!
Think and Do: Also, analyze this chart on voter turnout and this chart on eligible voters by race and discuss the implications for both political parties in the future. Do the shifts in race mean good or bad news for the two parties.
Remember tomorrow due: Chapter 12 notes and OPTIONAL (from Tuesday). Prepare for a quiz!
Wednesday, Aug 23rd
**If you didn't turn in your Word doc from Monday, print it and do this now!
1. Get a laptop and browse poll results from the Pew Research site . Write down 2 polls you found interesting or surprising and explain why you chose these two.
2. Work in groups of 3 or 4 to come up with a survey of teachers at Southeast. You will be creating a survey for them to answer anonymously. Webquest instructions to set this up are found here. Ms. Thrower will send out the survey links via email to all teachers at the end of the week.
3. Go over multiple choice part of test.
4. Overnight homework. Give this voter survey to an adult to fill out.
1. Turn in your Chapter 10 notes/rubric. Get new rubric for Chapter 12, which will be due this Friday. Also, an OPTIONAL assignment if you so choose will be due this Friday. Read this article "Dirty Little Secrets" and turn in 10 of the most significant points you think are made in the article. You need to write in enough detail I know you read the article. 2 pts earned per point you write, for a max of 20 extra credit points.
2. ...Polling Problem Charades! You and/or a partner will be given a random card describing one of the problems with polling. Act this out to the class with your partner without using any of the words on your card. Get the class to say the words on your card based on your "skit".
3. Go over last week's test mistakes. Everyone will correct at least 10 questions according to the Test Remediation process.
Think and Do: Watch and then discuss. 1.Do you agree that affirmative action laws should limit Asian and white Americans entrance into universities in order to achieve diversity?
1. Using textbooks, research one of the following topics and make charts showing the gains/challengers of the following minority groups: women, Hispanics, American Indians, Asian and Pacific Americans, Gays and Lesbians, Americans with Disabilities. Present yours to the class for test review!
3. Review some of your answers on the Supreme Court google doc.
Monday, Aug 14
Think and Do: Watch a recap of the events over the weekend and Charlottesville, VA. Discuss whether or not you believe these groups should have the right to protest at future events taking down Confederate statues. What restrictions should be placed on any future assemblies?
1. Discuss Supreme Court summary study chart for federalism cases you turned in yesterday. What are ways you can memorize these rulings and the parts of the Constitution they reference?
2. Get into the team google share for the Unit 6 Ch 4 cases and decide who will be researching each page of the doc (about 4-5 cases per student).
3. Using the We The People books and the Bill of Rights, complete this Scavenger Hunt on your own paper. Discuss answers with the class.
Wednesday, Aug 9
Think and Do: Do you agree or disagree with this teenager's argument that his rights were violated after bring arrested for drug suspicions? If so, what rights were violated? Why or why not? For what reasons were police saying they had cause to tase him?
1. Look at various rights around the world by country using this interactive chart. What right do YOU believe are most important?
Think and Do: To begin discussion of Unit 6: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, watch this mini segment of Vice about a law attempting to discriminate against the LGBT community by protecting freedoms of the evangelical community. ""Defiance in Mississippi". Which groups liberties are we trying to protect?
1. Review for Test...anything you still don't understand? Need to know?
2. Take test 65 multiple choice, 1 short answer (1 hour test time)
3. Get Chapter 4 Notes Rubric. There is a back to this...make sure you do this too! This is for Unit 6: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which is the next unit to test. Chapter 4 due Friday this week. It's a looooong chapter. Keep up!
1. Review the role of United States Supreme Court and the various famous or relevant courts we have had over time. Here is the Powerpoint for your review...only slides 1-13 will be used today.
2. Discuss how you will be creating study charts with landmark court cases for the future. As a class example, use this Oyez link about the Supreme Court case of Gonzales vs Raich, fill out the first of your MANY Supreme Court summary study charts with information in your own words, quoting only when necessary. This one is due MONDAY on test day.
Think and Do: In your notes, make a 3 column KWL chart and fill out the "What I Know...K" and "What I Want to Know...W" part of the chart. Try to have at least 3 items in each. Discuss as a class
1. Get with a partner and using whiteboards or paper, assign one person to be the writer of correct answers. Using the laminated US Constitution Scavenger Hunt question card, work for 15 minutes to find as many answers as possible using the Living Constitution books...the primary source of our US Constitution. Fabulous prizes to winning team.
2. When finished, fill out 3 things you learned on your KWL chart.
3. Review the Articles Powerpoint and make sure you are ready for a quiz Thursday! Let's eat jelly fritters and sugar rolls!
2. To review key parts of how we got to the US Constitution and the principles found in our Constitution, fill out this graphic organizer using info in the first part of this Powerpoint. Know examples to support each principle.
Thursday, July 27th
Think and Do: On scratch paper provided, answer and be prepared to discuss: 1) Why do we have a free press guaranteed by the First Amendment? 2) What is "bias"? 3) Is bias in news okay?
1. Get a laptop and your phone and make sure you have access to the NY Times "The Daily" via podcast on your phone or web link and you are getting notifications from the Edmodo group. You will be expected to listen to The Daily for some overnight homework assignments.
2. Use your laptop individually to look up these links and be ready to discuss the questions that follow.
Watch this clip of Trump branding his term "fake news" shortly after the election.
Find: A story you believe to be fake from the last year
Find: a website that seems have a right and a left leaning bias.
3. Everyone read the introduction to the 538 article "When To Trust Unnamed Sources". 5 students will then be assigned to one of the bullet points, and work to summarize it for the rest of the class, as they take notes. For your bullet point, give real world examples (positive or negative).
**The remaining students will work as a team to research on the web the following 2 questions, summarize information to share out to the class as well: 1. What are some common elements of journalistic standards? 2. Which top media sources are most trusted by people of different ideologies?
4. Back as a class, draw conclusions from these poll results. Discuss any patterns or trends you see in which ideologies trust which sources.
Exit Ticket: What have you learned about what news sources to trust and why? Which ones should you not trust and why not?
Finally, discuss expectations for the Journal Reviews to be completed every other week. Your first journal assignment will be for Chapter 3 will be due Friday, Aug 4th.
2. When finished with quiz, pick up and silently read over your AP test taking strategy packet you should keep in the "APGoPo Bible". You will have to see me for this packet as it cannot be put online.
3. Discuss this packet and any questions you have.
5. Get back FRQ and quiz from your Summer Work and peer review. How many points was this example worth? What "action words" are you expected to tackle? Share out good and bad answers from your peers.
Tuesday, July 25th
Think and Do: Get a laptop, a partner, and go to the Freedom House website and study the graphic. By clicking on countries, browse around and find a few countries that are MOST free and some that are LEAST free. With your partner, fill out the following Think and Do.
1. Next, rotate partners. Then, using computers, pull up the website and read through the examples from "A Day in Your Life". On paper provided after you read, discuss with your partner and then write out answers to the following prompts:
List 3 government services/laws that surprised you most. (any you didn't know about?)
Which examples might you consider "too much" government interference/regulation?
List 3 examples you are most thankful our government provides.
List one example for each level of our government (local, state, federal)
2. Exit Ticket. Discuss some of the answers you wrote to last night's homework prompt.
DUE DATE ALERT: By tomorrow, have Chapter 1 notes ready to turn in. Directions for how chapter readings will be graded are found here.
Monday, July 24th
Think and Do: Introduce yourself. Discuss what current issues in government and politics interest you, concern you, and make you hopeful.Take a current event Kahoot! to see how much you know!
CHAPTER READING ALERT: By Wednesday, July 26th, have Chapter 1 notes ready to turn in. Directions for how chapter readings will be graded are found here. We will review what these should look like in your spiral.
Red below and have your answer to the prompt handwritten and ready TOMORROW.
The decision about who rules. The process by which people decide who shall govern and what policies shall be adopted. The process by which one wins power/control. The art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government. ne theorist, Harold Lasswell, has defined politics as "who gets what, when, and how."
Write a one paragraph answer to this short answer prompt on your own paper and bring it tomorrow. Short Answer Prompt: Why should we study politics?