This course examines governmental institutions, organizations ,and activities on the local, state, and national levels, with an emphasis on fostering an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the importance of activism. The relationship between political institutions and their impact on the lives of students is addressed, as well as an examination of the American legal system. This course fulfills the graduation requirement in Government and Citizenship.


Discovery Education
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Helpful Websites
Crash Course in U.S. Government --a series of short videos; a great resource for studying/review!
Study.com's American Government -- the site has numerous videos and text divided into different topics on American Government.

2016-2017
DATE
CLASS WORK
HOMEWORK
8/31/16
Student Information Sheets
Syllabus & Course Expectations
Signed syllabus in a 3-ring binder DUE on TUESDAY 9/6!
9/1/16
Learning Target: Assess what I already know and don't know about American Government by taking a pre-assessment.
  1. What does it mean to be a citizen?
  2. What are the characteristics of being a good citizen? What responsibilities go along with citizenship?
  3. What, if anything, should be required in order to be/become a citizen?

Take the U.S. Citizenship Test
Signed syllabus in a 3-ring binder DUE on TUESDAY 9/6!
9/2/16
Learning Target: Explain the state of nature and the origins of government by engaging in a simulation and reading an article to complete a chart and respond to questions.
Read "Principles of Government pp.4-9" and complete the reading guide.
9/6/16
Learning Target: Explain the state of nature and the origins of government by reading an article to complete a chart and respond to questions.

9/8/16
Learning Target: Identify evidence in primary sources to support both Locke and Hobbes main ideas about the state of nature and the origins of government by highlighting the textual evidence and writing in the margin of the text which main idea it supports.
Read "Types of Government pp.12-18"and complete the reading guide DUE Monday 9/12.
9/9/16
Learning Target: Identify & describe the four features of a state in order to differentiate between a sovereign states and "states" by deciding whether the four features of a state apply to each.
Read "Types of Government pp.12-18"and complete the reading guide DUE Monday 9/12.
9/12/16
Learning Target: Identify and describe different classifications of governments by reading informational text in order to apply these classifications to real-world examples.
Types of Governments

9/13/16
Learning Target: Identify and describe different systems of governments by reading informational text in order to apply these systems to real-world examples.
Read "Basic Concepts of Democracy pp.27-32" & complete the reading guide DUE Thursday 9/15
9/15/16
Learning Target: Identify and describe parliamentary & presidential government by reading informational text in order to apply these terms to characteristics of each and to classify real-world examples as either parliamentary or presidential.
QUIZ on Tuesday 9/20!
9/16/16
Learning Target: Differentiate between traditional, command & market systems AND capitalism, communism & socialism by reading a set of articles and classifying examples.
QUIZ on Tuesday 9/20!
9/19/16
Learning Target: Use my knowledge of the basic concepts of democracy to classify real-life examples.
QUIZ on Tuesday 9/20!
9/20/16
QUIZ
Read "Origin of American Political Ideals pp. 40-45" and complete the reading guide DUE Thursday 9/22.
9/22/16
Learning Target: Explain the basic ideas about rights and government & the values and interests protected by the specific rights contained in the Magna Carta by reading a "chunked" article to respond to questions about the "chunks" of text.

9/23/16
Learning Target: Explain the specific rights in & significance of the Petition of Right & the English Bill of Rights by reading a chunked text and responding to embedded questions.
Create an annotated timeline DUE electronically by TUES. 9/27 using Chapter 2, Section 2
9/26/16
Learning Target: Trace the impact of the Magna Carta, English Billof Rights, Mayflower Compact, Cato's Letters and Common sense on colonists' views of government by reading an article to create a cut-out study guide.

9/27/16
Learning Target: Translate selections from Paine's Common Sense into 21st century language in order to explain Paine's central arguments.
Read "First Steps pp.55-58" and complete the reading guide
9/29/16
Learning Target: Analyze the ideas and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence by describing English policies and responses to colonial concerns after reading an article, outlining the Declaration of Independence and completing a worksheet.

9/30/16
Learning Target: Identify the cause/effect relationship in the development of America's government by reading and article and completing a flow chart graphic organizer.
Read "Creating & Ratifying the Constitution pp.60-71" and complete the reading guide DUE Tuesday 10/4.
10/4/16
Finish the activity from Friday. Answer KEY

10/6/16
Learning Target: Identify the problems that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, and the issues and compromises made at the Constitutional Convention by reading a series of sources and engaging in a simulation.
UNIT 1 TEST & notebook check FRI 10/14!
10/7/16
Finish Yesterday's Simulation
Begin Anti-Federalist & Federalist Debate over the Constitution
UNIT 1 TEST & notebook check FRI 10/14!
10/14/16
UNIT 1 TEST & notebook check FRI 10/14!


Unit 2: The Constitution & Federalism

10/17/16
Learning Target: Explain the structure, function and powers of the U.S. government as established in the Constitution by identifying the roles of the three branches of government.

10/18/16
Learning Target: Identify the major components & provisions of the U.S. Constitution by reading the document & completing a scavenger hunt.

10/21/16
Finish the Constitution scavenger hunt.

Learning Target: Describe the six basic principles of the Constitution by reading a text, taking notes and teaching my peers about my assigned principle.
Read "Amending the Constitution pp. 90-97" & complete the reading guide DUE Weds. 10/26
10/24/16
Learning Target: Analyze political cartoons by identifying and explaining which basic principle of the Constitution is being illustrated.
Read "Amending the Constitution pp. 90-97" & complete the reading guide DUE Weds 10/26
10/26-27/16
Learning Target: Explain how and why the Constitution is amended by analyzing a song, paraphrasing Article V, and identifying important concepts included in the Amendments by completing a scavenger hunt.
Annotated Copy of the Amendments
QUIZ on the Constitution the Amendment Processes MONDAY 10/31
10/28/16
Learning Target: Apply an informal amendment process to a failed formal amendment .
QUIZ on the Constitution the Amendment Processes MONDAY 10/31
10/31/16
QUIZ on the Constitution
"The 'Federal' in Federalism"
Read "Federalism: Power Divided pp.99-108" and complete the reading guide
11/2/16
Learning Target: Define federalism and explain the division of power between states and the federal government by identifying expressed, implied, reserved, and concurrent powers.

11/3/16
FInish yesterday's lesson.
Play Power Play on iCivics.org

11/4/16
Learning Target: Apply the Constitution to case of McCulloch v. Maryland by reading the facts of the case, developing your own interpretation of constitutional clauses & amendments, and reviewing the arguments for each side in order to author a decision in the case.

11/7/16
Learning Target: Apply the Constitution to case of McCulloch v. Maryland by acting as a Supreme Court Justice in discussing and deciding the case in order to write an opinion that explains your decision by CONNECTING it to the CONSTITUTION.

11/10/16
Learning Target: Analyze the SCOTUS decision in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland in order to determine if various powers of Congress can be justified by the "elastic clause."
TEST on UNIT 2 on WEDNESDAY 11/16!
11/14/16
Learning Target: Describe the process of becoming a state and the rights and responsibilities of statehood by engaging in a simulation to complete a graphic organizer.
TEST on UNIT 2 on WEDNESDAY 11/16!
11/15/16
Finish & review yesterday's lesson activity
TEST on UNIT 2 on WEDNESDAY 11/16!
11/16/16
TEST on UNIT 2


UNIT 3: The Legislative Branch

11/18/16
Complete the "Making Laws" Webquest on iCivics.org
Finish webquest begun in class
11/21/16
Learning Target: Identify the qualifications, leadership roles, & responsibilities of members of the House & Senate by taking notes on a lecture.
Read "National Legislature pp.128-136" and complete the reading guide for TOMORROW!



11/29-30/16
Learning Target: Analyze the effect of a unicameral vs. bicameral system by modeling the lawmaking process by participating in a role-playing activity.
Read "Expressed Powers pp. 147-158" and complete the reading guide for MONDAY 12/5!
12/2/16
Play "Represent Me!" and "LawCraft" on iCivics.org. Log-in using your assigned udersname and password. You will find the games assigned to you under your "classes" print/take a screen shot of your completion certificate for each game.
Read "Expressed Powers pp. 147-158" and complete the reading guide for MONDAY 12/5!
12/5/16
Review & discuss what you leared about being a member of Congress frm playing the games on iCivics
Read "Expressed Powers pp. 147-158" and complete the reading guide for Tomorrow.
12/6/16
Learning Target: Explain each of the expressed powers of Congress.

12/7/16
Learning Target: Classify various scenarios as an exercise of the differnt expressed powers of Congress and explain how each power applies to the siltation.

12/9/16
Learning Target: Analyze the case of Gibbons v. Ogden in order to explain the commerce power Congress possesses.
Read "Implied & Nonlegislative Powers" and complete the reading guide for Monday 12/12.
12/12/16
Learning Target: Determine whether Congress can pass these new laws using their commerce power by reading a series of case briefs to understand how the SCOTUS has interpreted commerce.

12/13/14
Learning Target: Describe the elastic clause and give examples of how Congress applies it by using the expressed powers to explain implied ones .
Read "Making Laws" & complete the reading guide
12/19/16
TEST on the Legislative Branch
Read "The Presidency: An Overview" & complete the reading guide

UNIT 4: The Executive Branch

12/20/16

Read "The Presidential Election" and take notes for WEDNESDAY 12/21!
12/21/16


12/23/16
Learning Target: Identify the powers of the President as outlined in the US Constitution by putting constitutional phrases into my own words.
Read & take notes on "The Powers of the President"
1/3/17


1/4/17


1/6/17


1/9/17


1/10/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the "informal" powers of the President and the effects on the Presidency.

Learning Target: Apply formal/informal checks to presidential actions.


Learning Target: Apply formal/informal checks to presidential actions.

Learning Target: Identify & compare the basic levels and functions of the judicial branch.

Learning Target: Explain the role of judicial review and how Marbury v. Madison solidified it by examining the facts of the case, pertinent portions of the Constitution and Judiciary Act of 1789, and excerpts from the SCOTUS's decision.
Complete Sources of Law for Friday