Week 6 – Government

  • Monday (4/30/18) – Continue Unit 4
    • Bureaucratic Organizations – what are they and what do they do for the country?
    • Vocab Assignments – Unit 4 Vocab Assignments
    • Schedule today:
      • 1st block – 8:20 – 10:20
      • 2nd block – 10:26 – 12:26
      • 3rd block – 12:31 – 3:02
        • A lunch – 12:31 – 12:56
        • B lunch – 1:11 – 1:36
        • C lunch – 1:51 – 2:16
        • D lunch – 2:35 – 3:02
      • 4th block – 3:08 – 3:30
    • Match the Job with the President worksheet – test out your skills to see if you know the roles of the President
  • Tuesday (5/1/18) – Continue Unit 4
    • Electoral College – what is it and how does it function?
    • Executive Branch – details
    • Finish Unit 4 Packets and Vocabulary – due on Thursday (5/3/18)
    • Schedule today:
      • 1st block – 8:20 – 10:05
      • 2nd block – 10:11 – 11:56
      • 3rd block – 12:02 – 2:17
        • A lunch – 12:02 – 12:27
        • B lunch – 12:37 – 1:02
        • C lunch – 1:12 – 1:37
        • D lunch – 1:50 – 2:17
      • 4th block – 2:23 – 3:30
  • Wednesday (5/2/18) – Study Unit 4
    • Play Kahoot to study for the test
    • Schedule today:
      • 1st block – 8:20 – 10:05
      • 2nd block – 10:11 – 11:56
      • 3rd block – 12:02 – 2:17
        • A lunch – 12:02 – 12:27
        • B lunch – 12:37 – 1:02
        • C lunch – 1:12 – 1:37
        • D lunch – 1:50 – 2:17
      • 4th block – 2:23 – 3:30
  • Thursday (5/3/18) – Unit 4 Test
    • Executive Branch details
    • Electoral College
    • 7 Roles of the President
    • Bureaucracy
    • Schedule today:
      • 1st block – 8:20 – 10:15
      • 2nd block – 10:21 – 12:16
      • 3rd block – 12:22 – 2:47
        • A lunch – 12:22 – 12:47
        • B lunch – 1:00 – 1:25
        • C lunch – 1:38 – 2:03
        • D lunch – 2:20 – 2:47
      • 4th block – 2:53 – 3:30
  • Friday – (5/4/18) – start Unit 5/Presidents Projects are DUE
    • Judicial Branch – what is the role of the Supreme Court and how do they affect the legal process?
    • Court Cases – we’re going to look at interesting court cases and analyze how the laws have changed in the US as a result of the decisions made
    • All Presidents Projects must be handed in by today. I will not accept late grades on this project.
    • Schedule today:
      • 1st block – 8:20 – 10:15
      • 2nd block – 10:21 – 12:16
      • 3rd block – 12:22 – 2:47
        • A lunch – 12:22 – 12:47
        • B lunch – 1:00 – 1:25
        • C lunch – 1:38 – 2:03
        • D lunch – 2:20 – 2:47
      • 4th block – 2:53 – 3:30

Week 5 – Government

  • Monday (4/23/18) – Computer Lab 2048
    • You have an icivics.org assignment today.
      • You need to complete the icivics web quest that has been assigned to you in your icivics account.
      • Log in to icivics.org
        • Click on “MY ICIVICS” in the top right hand corner
        • Click on “My Assignments”
        • Complete the “Making Laws Web Quest”
    • Continue working on Presidents Projects.
      • Look at the post for “Presidents Projects” for help on finishing your research.
    • Study for the Unit 3 Test
  • Tuesday (4/24/18) – Study for Unit 3 Test
    • Make sure you have your entire packet completed and all Vocab defined before the test tomorrow.
  • Wednesday (4/25/18) – Unit 3 Test
    • Term limits
    • Age rules
    • Numbers for re-election
    • Vocabulary
    • Congressional Powers
    • Congressional Committees
    • Interest Groups
    • Congressional Leadership
    • How a bill becomes a law
  • Thursday (4/26/18) – Start Unit 4 – Executive Branch
    • Vocabulary Assignment Unit 4 Vocab Assignments
    • Seven Roles of the President Activity: you will have to define each role of the President, find an example of how the President acted in that Role, and identify the part of the Constitution that deals with this role of the President.
      • Chief Diplomat
      • Economic Planner
      • Head of State
      • Chief Legislator
      • Party Leader
      • Commander in Chief
      • Chief Executive
  • Friday (4/27/18) – Work on Unit 4 Packets/Vocabulary
    • I’m gone with Grad Bash today so you will be working on the following assignments:
      • Extra Credit Assignment on icivics.org
        • The instructions are on the worksheet the sub will give you.
      • Work on Unit 3 Packets
        • You can look online and/or use the textbooks to answer the packet
        • All vocabulary must also be done
      • Work on Presidents Projects
        • I’ve updated my blog to have all the info you need for your project
        • Due May 4th!
    • You have a lot to do today so there should be no down time. BEHAVE and remember I’ll be back on Monday.
    • We have no time in the computer lab on Monday due to EOC testing so get your work done today.

Presidents Project

  • Instructions can be found at the link below:
    • Presidents Project Instructions
    • Rubric we will use to grade it is here:
    • Presentation Rubric can be found here:
      • Presentation Rubric
      • Basically as long as you accurately talk about the points on the rubric, you can add points to your overall project grade. 1 point per subject accurately presented to the class.
  • Helpful Links:
    • 270towin.com
      • This has info on popular and electoral votes
    • Miller Center
      • This has more detailed info on the life, presidency, and effectiveness of the Presidents
    • IPL
      • Basic info on the President including Supreme Court Appointees, Vice President, Political Party Affiliation, etc.
  • Due Date: May 4, 2018 at the BEGINNING of class.
    • You will have once a week for the rest of the semester to work on this project and it’s not difficult.
  • How we want this completed:
    • You need to put all of your research on a poster or in a brochure. We will not accept Power Point Presentations or anything like that. We want a physical product for your project.
    • You will present your President to the class for extra points. The rubric is provided above for your reference.
    • The grading rubric is provided above for how your project will be graded. We will fact check any information we believe to be incorrect and you will lose points for anything incorrect.
  • What needs to be on your project:
    • Picture of your President (duh)
    • Picture of your Vice President (if they had one, they may not have)
    • Term (years they served as President)
    • Popular and Electoral Votes (there is a link on my website, 270towin.com, that will give you a map of their popular and electoral votes, print that out and put it on your project)
    • Political Party Affiliation (you might want to put their symbol attached with their party, elephant for republican, donkey for democrat, etc.)
    • Congress Info you had to research
    • Supreme Court Appointees (include their pictures if you can find them)
    • Changes to the Constitution that you researched
    • Major Achievements in Foreign Policy that you researched
    • Major Legislation Passed that you researched
    • Major Achievements Domestically that you researched
    • World Events Dealt With
    • Any pictures that you think support your information
  • If there are any topics your President did not participate in (such as your President didn’t appoint anyone to the Supreme Court or your President didn’t have any changes to the Constitution) YOU MUST WRITE THAT THEY DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS SECTION.
    • You will lose points on that section if it is not addressed in any way at all.

Study Stuff for Unit 3 Test

Here are the numbers to study for the Unit 3 Test:

  • 535 Congress members
  • 100 Senators
  • 435 House of Representatives members
  • 1/3 of the Senators are up for re-election every 2 years
  • Senator term = 6 years split into three 2 year terms
  • House of Representatives term = 2 year terms
  • House age requirement = 25 years old
  • Senators age requirement = 30 years old
  • To override a veto from a President, there must be a 2/3 vote in the entire Congress
  • A majority in the House of Representatives is 218 (51%)
  • A majority in the Senate is 51 (51%)
  • Current Congressional term is 115
  • Congressional districts are reapportioned every 10 years with the census

Week 4 – Government

  • Monday (4/16/18) – Computer Lab 2048
    • See the post about what activities you will be doing in the Computer Lab.
    • Reminder: Presidents Project is due May 4th.
  • Tuesday (4/17/18) – Start Unit 3 Legislative Branch
    • Vocabulary Assignments: Link to the Vocab Word you’ve been assigned
      • Vocab Assignment Template – if you need an online copy of the “poster” we use for the Vocab words, here is the link for that.
    • Congress Details
      • How many members total?
      • How many members are in the House of Representatives?
      • How many members are in the Senate?
      • What are their responsibilities?
  • Wednesday (4/18/18) – Continue Unit 3/Practice Senior Project Presentations
  • Thursday (4/19/18) – Continue Unit 3/Practice Senior Project Presentations
    • Congressional Powers:
      • Legislative
      • President
      • Investigative
      • Oversight
      • Nonlegislative
  • Friday (4/20/18) – Make Up Work Day/Presidents Projects Work Day
    • If you are missing any work from Government, today is the day to make up that work.
    • If you are completely caught up with all work for class, you can work on your Presidents Project
      • Reminder: Presidents Project due May 4th
      • Look on the post for Presidents Project Details

Computer Lab Day Instructions

I’m out today (obviously) so here are your assignments for the day:

  • Political Ideology Survey – Youth Leadership – click on this link to take the survey. Take it seriously and consider your answers carefully. Don’t just Christmas tree it to get done. Once you’re done, answer the questions on the worksheet the sub gave you. You will hand in your worksheet before you leave today.
  • If you want to see what candidates you line up with, take the isidewith.com Quiz. This will tell you which candidates running for President in 2020 (potential candidates) you line up with and which political parties you match.
  • Register To Vote – If you want to register to vote in Georgia (or to see if you’re eligible to register) click on the link and it will walk you through the process. It takes less than 10 minutes and it will get you civically involved!!! 🙂
  • Basic Instructions for Presidents Project – click on this link for the basic instructions you need to do your Presidents Project.
    • Look on my blog a few posts down to find the detailed instructions and research links to help you finish it.
    • President Assignments – click on this link if you forgot which President you have. There are tabs across the bottom for your class. The sub also has the list too if you can’t figure out where to find your class.

You have lots of work to do today. Use your time wisely and don’t act like a fool. I will be back tomorrow and we will start Unit 3.

You may listen to music, talk to each other, help each other, but keep it to a dull roar please. The sub is instructed to shut down any nonsense.

If you need to go to the bathroom, write a pass including your name, current time, where you’re going, and take it to the sub to get it signed. YOU MAY NOT GO ANYWHERE ELSE. 🙂

Week 3 – Government

  • Monday (4/9/18) – Secret Service Guest Speaker
    • We’ll be in the Auditorium (in the parking lot) all day listening to Senior Agent Barbara Kellenbenz discuss her career with the Secret Service
  • Tuesday (4/10/18) – Start Unit 2 – Political Behavior
    • Finish Body Biographies/Start Vocabulary
      • When you are done with the body biography, you must finish the ticket out the door by writing down 3 things you originally did not know about your political party.
      • If you are done with your body, you need to complete the vocab assignment
    • Unit 2 Notes – Political Ideology
      • Are you liberal and on the left side of the political scale?
      • Are you conservative and on the right side of the political scale?
      • Unit 2 Note Guide
  • Wednesday (4/11/18) – Political Parties
    • Here is a current list of political parties in the US: List of Political Parties
      • Depending on your political ideology, you will often identify with one party or another.
    • Party Organization – who is responsible for what in political parties?
    • Nominating candidates – how are candidates nominated for political office?
      • isidewith.com – This is a website that helps you figure out which political candidates you might align with.
    • Political socialization – how have you developed your political leanings?
    • Public opinion – polling and how they affect the public’s opinion of political candidates
  • Thursday (4/12/18) – Continuing from Wednesday
    • Other stuff…
    • Study for Unit 2 Test
  • Friday (4/13/18) – Unit 2 Test
    • Must have Unit 2 Packet completed
    • Must have Unit 2 Note Guide completed

Week 2 – Government

  • Monday (3/26/18) – Computer Lab 2048
    • Unit 1 Quiz using icivics.org
      • You have to be 100% correct in each section in order to move on to the next section.
      • You must be done during our class.
    • Presidents Projects
      • You’ll be getting your assignment on your President for the Project this class. Instructions can be found on the Presidents Blog Post.
  • Tuesday (3/27/18) – Articles of Confederation/Declaration of Independence
    • We will finish looking through the Articles of Confederation
      • You need to have your worksheet finished
      • We’ll be posting the problems with the Articles of Confederation to identify what had to be changed in the Constitution
    • We’ll look at the Declaration of Independence and examine the 5 characteristics of democracy
      1. Consent of the Governed
      2. Representative Government
      3. Rule of Law
      4. Individual Rights
      5. Checks and Balances
  • Wednesday (3/28/18) – Constitutional Convention and The Great Compromise
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    • How did the US work through the Constitutional Convention and the Great Compromise to make a functioning government we still use to this day?
    • Unit 1 Test Review
  • Thursday (3/29/18) – Unit 1 Test
    • Types of Government
      • Autocracy
      • Oligarchy
      • Democracy
    • Influential Political Philosophers
      • Locke
      • Rousseau
      • Montesquieu
      • Hobbes
    • 4 Influential Documents
      • Code of Hammurabi
      • Magna Carta
      • 1628 Petition of Rights
      • 1689 Bill of Rights
    • Declaration of Independence
      • 5 characteristics of democracy
    • Articles of Confederation
      • 4 Features
      • Weaknesses
      • Achievements
    • Constitutional Convention
      • Constitution
      • Father of the US Constitution
      • Major Compromises
        • Connecticut Compromise
        • Three-Fifths Compromise
        • Commerce and Slave-Trade Compromise
    • Great Compromise
      • Virginia Plan
      • New Jersey Plan
      • Connecticut Compromise
  • Friday (3/30/18) – Start Unit 2

Week 1 – Government

  • Monday (3/19/18) – Econ EOC
    • Testing Schedule
      • 4th block – tests during 1st block in Media Center
      • 2nd block – tests during 2nd block in Media Center
      • 3rd block – go to A lunch, then test during 3rd block in Media Center
      • If you test with Coach Nichols you will be in Lab 2048 1st block
      • If you are ESOL you will be in Lab 2048 3rd block
  • Tuesday (3/20/18) – Econ EOC
    • Testing Schedule
      • 4th block – tests during 1st block in Media Center
      • 2nd block – test during 2nd block in Media Center
      • 3rd block – go to A lunch, then test during 3rd block in Media Center
      • If you test with Coach Nichols you will be in Lab 2048 1st block
      • If you are ESOL you will be in Lab 2048 3rd block
  • Wednesday (3/21/18) – Start Government Unit 1
    • Types of Government
      • Autocracy
      • Oligarchy
      • Democracy
    • Philosophers: Link to Philosophers Info
      • Hobbes
      • Locke
      • Montesquieu – Checks and Balances
      • Rousseau
  • Thursday (3/22/18) – Continue Unit 1
    • Influential Documents
      • Code of Hammurabi
      • Magna Carta
      • 1628 Petition of Rights
      • 1689 Bill of Rights
    • Declaration of Independence
  • Friday (3/23/18) – Continue Unit 1
    • Articles of Confederation – Weaknesses and Achievements
    • Constitutional Convention
      • Connecticut Compromise
      • Three-Fifths Compromise
      • Commerce and Slave-Trade Compromise
    • Great Compromise
      • Virginia Plan
      • New Jersey Plan

Week 10 – Economics

  • Monday (3/12/18) – Computer Lab 2048
    • Budget Projects are being TURNED IN when you WALK IN.
    • Start International Unit:
  • Tuesday (3/13/18) – Finish International Unit
    • Absolute vs. Comparative Advantage
    • Appreciation vs. Depreciation of currency
    • Unit 6 Quiz
  • Wednesday (3/14/18) – EOC Study Day 1
    • You’ll be working through the Touchstones today to review for your EOC on March 19th and 20th.
    • Early Release Day – Schedule Below
      • 1st block – 8:20 – 9:05
      • 2nd block – 9:11 – 9:51
      • 3rd block – 9:57 – 10:38
      • 4th block – 10:44 – 11:30
  • Thursday (3/15/18) – EOC Study Day 2
    • You’ll be working through the Touchstones today to review for your EOC on March 19th and 20th.
    • Bootcamp Night – 3:45 – 5:15 – Auditorium (outside in the parking lot)
      • Mr. White and I will be providing a Bootcamp Study Night for the EOC on March 19th and 20th. Free to attend.
  • Friday (3/16/18) – EOC Study Day 3
    • You’ll be working through the Touchstones today to review for your EOC on March 19th and 20th.

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