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. The honors section follows an in-depth study through inquiry opportunities utilizing primary and secondary sources. Students are empowered to perform at higher levels as they analyze complex historical documents and case studies. This course fulfills the graduation requirement in Government and Citizenship. (NHS Program of Studies)




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2016-2017SEMESTER 2
DATE
CLASS WORK
HOMEWORK
1/26/17
Student Information Sheets
Syllabus & Course Expectations
Signed Syllabus in a 3-ring binder DUE Monday 1/30.
1/27/17
Learning Target: Create a working definition of citizenship by engaging in a discussion about its requirements & responsibilities.

Learning Target: Assess what I already know and don't know about American Government by taking a pre-assessment.
Read & take notes on pp.3-9 in THIS chapter
1/30/17
Learning Target: Explain the state of nature and the origins of government by engaging in a simulation.

1/31/17
Learning Target: Explain Hobbes' theory regarding state of nature and the origins of government by analyzing a primary source.

2/1&2/17
Learning Target: Compare & contrast the state of nature as articulated by Hobbes & Locke AND explain the social contract theory in relation to government formation by analyzing a primary source & engaging in discussion

2/3/17
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 & take notes on pp.12-18 in THIS chapter
2/6-7/17
Learning Target: Identify and describe different classifications of governments by reading informational text in order to apply these classifications to real-world examples: Who Rules? Systems of Government
Read & take notes on pp.27-32 in THIS chapter DUE on block day
2/8&9/17
Learning Target: Define democracy by defining and ranking its concepts in order to write a paragraph.

2/14/17
Learning Target: Define democracy by defining and ranking its concepts in order to write a paragraph AND identify historical and modern examples of when the concepts of democracy are and aren't being implemented.
Read & take notes on pp. 40-45 in
2/15&16/17
Learning Target: Compare the rights outlined in the Magna Carta, English Petition or Right, and the English Bill of Rights by reading each document and completing a flow chart in which the rights granted by each document are listed.
Annotated Timeline DUE on BLOCK Day.
2/22/17
Finish lesson from block day
Annotated Timeline DUE on BLOCK Day.
2/23&24/17
Learning Target: Analyze the content and rhetoric of Thomas Paine's Common Sense by reading an excerpted, chunked text and responding to embedded questions in order to explain how he convinces reluctant colonists that independence is the only option.

2/27/17
Learning Target: Analyze the different portions of the Declaration of Independence by working in small groups to read portions of the document and answer questions.
Read & take notes on pp. 55-58 in Chapter 2_Magruders 2016
2/28/17
Learning Target: Identify the powers and limits of Congress and the States under the Articles of Confederation by reading a primary source document, working in small groups to answer a question and presenting to the class.
Parent/Guardian SIGNED February Grade Sheet DUE Friday, March 3!
3/1&2/17
Learning Target: Identify the weaknesses within the Articles of Confederation by engaging in a role-playing simulation.
Parent/Guardian SIGNED February Grade Sheet DUE Friday, March 3!
3/3/17
Learning Target: Develop compromises to resolve conflicts that arise at the Constitutional Convention over representation & slavery.
Read & take notes on pp. 60-71 in Ch.2_Magruders 2016
Unit 1 TEST & notebook check tentatively scheduled for BLOCK Day.
3/6/17
Learning Target: Identify the arguments made by both the Anti-Federalists in opposition to ratification and the Federalists in support of ratification by paraphrasing a series of excerpted primary sources.
Unit 1 TEST & notebook check on BLOCK Day.
3/8&9/17
Unit 1 TEST
Finish US Constitution Scavenger Hunt

UNIT 2: The Constitution & Federalism

3/13/17
Laerning Target: Determine the constitutionality of various scenarios by using the US Constitution to support my reasoning for each situation.
Read & take notes on pp. 78-89 in Chapter 3_Magruders 2016
3/16&17/17
Learning Target: Describe the six constitutional principles by analyzing political cartoons AND Identify the six basic principles of the constitution by classifying Articles & Section excerpts from important documents as one of the six principles.
Read & take notes on pp. 90-97 in Chapter 3_Magruders 2016
3/20/17
Learning Target: Explain how and why the Constitution is amended by paraphrasing Article V, and identifying important concepts included in the Amendments by completing a scavenger hunt.

3/21&22/17
Finish Amendment Scavenger Hunt
Read "Proposed Amendments" & Respond to the questions that follow the article.
3/23/17
Learning Target: Explain how the amendment process reflects the six basic principles of democracy after reading an article and answering questions in order to engage in small group discussion.

3/24/17
Learning Target: Apply an informal amendment process to a failed formal amendment.
Read & Take notes on pp. 56-63 in Ch.3_Root & Reform
3/27/17
Learning Target: Define federalism and explain the division of power between states and the federal government by identifying expressed, implied, reserved, and concurrent powers.

3/28/17

Read & Take notes on pp. 64-72 in Ch.3_Root & Reform
3/29&30/17
Learning Target: Identify how the Supreme Court decided the case of McCulloch v. Maryland by reading an excerpted decision and responding to questions.
Anticipate a TEST on UNIT 2 before April Vacation
3/31/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the impact of the decision in South Dakota v. Dole on Federalism by reading and analyzing the majority and dissenting opinion and MLDA data.
Watch the 5 videos in "Federalism: A Tumultuous Relationship" and write a brief response explaining what type of federalism South Dakota v. Dole exemplifies.
4/3/17
Learning Target: Analyze a series of poll results in order to identify public attitudes toward federalism and how attitudes have changed in a written response.
Unit 2 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 4/7!
4/4 & 6/17
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.
Unit 2 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 4/7!
4/7/17
Unit 2 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 4/7!
Read & take notes on pp. 246-250 & 255-256 in Ch. 8_Gov't in America BRING your Chromebook to Class on Monday 4/17!

UNIT 3: Political Parties, Elections & Voting

4/17 & 18/17
Learning Target: Define and differentiate between different political party systems, while describing a political parties roles and the ways in which they influence public opinion.

Learning Target: Explain the creation of the US two-party system and the basic beliefs/ideology of the Democrat & Republican Parties by completing a webquest.You MUST join the Google Classroom to complete this assignment! Code: z2im24d
Read & take notes on pp. 256-264 in Ch. 8_Gov't in America posted on wiki & in Classroom

BRING your Chromebook to class tomorrow!
4/19 & 20/17
Learning Target: Explain the history and effect of third parties on U.S. government & elections by watching a documentary and taking notes in order to write a brief summary of the role third parties have played.

4/21/17
Learning Target: Explain the obstacles third parties face and how they can effect electoral outcomes for major parties by reading an article to complete the embedded questions in order to write a response answering the inquiry question.
Read & take notes on pp.424-438 in Ch.10_Magruders 2016
4/24/17
Learning Target: Explain how the suffrage amendments advanced voting rights in the United States by analyzing a series of scenarios to determine if voting rights have been violated in order to demonstrate an understanding of requirements for voting established by the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

4/25/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the impact of the Voting Rights Act and explain recent challenges to it by analyzing the case of Shelby County v. Holder.

4/26&27/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the merits of voter ID laws by engaging in a structured academic controversy after reading two articles to identify the arguments in support of and opposition to voter ID laws.
Read & take notes on Voter Turnout

Unit 3 Test & notebook check tentatively on Monday 5/1.
4/28/17
Learning Target: Identify voting trends by analyzing a series of graphs and why people choose to vote or not by reading an article about young voters.
Unit 3 Test & notebook check on Monday 5/1.
5/1/17
Unit 3 Test & notebook check
Read & take notes on pp. 156-161 &166-171 stop @ "Committees" in Ch.6_Roots & Reform

UNIT 4: The Legislative Branch

5/2/17
Learning Target: Identify the qualifications, leadership roles, & responsibilities of members of the House & Senate by taking notes on a lecture.
Read & take notes on pp.162-166 in Ch.6_Roots & Reform.
REMEMBER to bring your CHROMEBOOK to class on BLOCK day!
5/3&4/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the composition of the Congress by comparing U.S. Census Data and Congressional Demographics.
Learning Target: Analyze the process of redistricting and gerrymandering currently in order to determine the impact gerrymandering has on democracy and voter turnout.
Finish "Reapportionment, Redistricting & Gerrymandering" AND... Read & take notes on "Expressed Powers"
5/5/17
Learning Target: Classify various scenarios as an exercise of the different expressed powers of Congress and explain how each power applies to the siltation.
Parent-signed April Grade Sheet DUE Tuesday, May 9!
5/8/17
Learning Target: Analyze the case of Gibbons v. Ogden by classifying arguments in the case and reading excerpts of the SCOTUS opinion to answer accompanying questions.
Read & take notes on "Implied & Non-Legislative Powers".
Parent-Signed April Grade Sheet DUE TOMORROW!
5/9/17
Learning Target: Explain how the SCOTUS’s interpretation of the Commerce Clause has changed over time by summarizing the modern approach to interpreting the Commerce Clause and evaluate federal laws with regard to their constitutionality under the Commerce Clause.
Read & take notes on "Making Laws" DUE on Block Day.
5/1&11/17
Learning Target: Describe the elastic clause and give examples of how Congress applies it by using the expressed powers to explain implied ones .

Learning Target: Explain the process of how a bill becomes by reordering the disorganized steps into the whole, attending to a lecture in order to complete a flow chart.
Read & take notes on "Congressional Decision-making"
5/12/17
Learning Target: Demonstrate how members of Congress weigh factors when casting a vote by evaluating information in order to apply each factor to real-life issues in the hypothetical bills.
Unit 4 Test & Notebook Check on MONDAY, May 15
5/15/17
Unit 4 Test
Read & Take Notes on "The Presidency: An Overview"

Unit 5: The Executive Branch

5/16/17
Learning Target: Classify different scenarios into the different presidential roles by determining "which hat" the president is wearing in each situation.

5/17/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the merits of the Electoral College by engaging in a Structured Academic Controversy after reading and identifying
Read & take note on pp.440-453 in The Presidency_Ch.12
5/22/17
Learning Target: Identify the powers of the president as outlined in the U.S. Constitution by putting each into my own words, determine which power is exercised in specific scenarios and evaluate whether the president's actions fall within or exceed the bounds of his constitutional powers.
Read & take notes on pp.540-549 in Ch.13_We the People
5/23/17
Learning Target: Evaluate the constitutionality of signing statements after watching a short video, responding to questions, & analyzing a political cartoon.
"The President as Commander-in-Chief: The War Powers Resolution" page 1
5/24&25/17
Learning Target: Assess the constitutional provisions about war and evaluate the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution by translating a primary source document and applying the War Powers Resolution to a real-world case.

Learning Target: Evaluate the "informal" powers of the President and the effects on the Presidency.
Unit 5 TEST & notebook check on Tuesday 5/30.
5/26/17
Learning Target: Apply formal/informal checks to presidential actions.
Unit 5 TEST & notebook check on Tuesday 5/30.
5/30/17
Unit 5 TEST & notebook check
Read & take notes on pp. 601-612 in Ch.15_We the People AND Bring your Chromebook to class on BLOCK

Unit 6: The Judicial Branch

5/31 &6/1/17
SCOTUS Case Presentation DUE June 7 (period 4 & 6) and June 8 (Period 1)

Learning Target: Distinguish between the federal and state court systems and identify the types and levels of courts within each system after reading an article, completing a worksheet and playing a game on iCivics.org.
Read & Take Notes on pp. 612-620 in Ch.15_We the People
6/2/17
Learning Target: Explain the role of judicial review and how Marbury v. Madison solidifying 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.
SCOTUS Case Presentation DUE June 7/8 depending on your class period.
6/5/17
Finish Marbury v. Madison from Friday

Learning Target: Explain the purpose of appellate courts, describe how they work and compare & contrast the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court.
Bring your Chromebook & SIGNED May Grade Sheet TOMORROW!
SCOTUS Case Presentation DUE June 7/8 depending on your class period.
6/7&8/17
Learning Target: Deliver an informative presentation on a SCOTUS case to my peers in a clear and organized manner so that they may understand the rights of students.
Period 1 Presentations
Period 4 Presentations
Period 6 Presentations
STUDY for FINAL EXAM
SEMESTER 1
DATE
CLASS WORK
HOMEWORK
8/31/16
Student Information Sheets
Syllabus & Course Expectations
Signed Syllabus in a 3-ring binder & paper-covered textbook 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
Read & take notes on Ch. 1 in Magruder's textbook DUE Tues. 9/6.

Signed Syllabus in a 3-ring binder & paper-covered textbook 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 analyzing a primary source
Read & take notes on Ch. 1 in Magruder's textbook DUE Tues. 9/6.

Signed Syllabus in a 3-ring binder & paper-covered textbook DUE on TUESDAY 9/6!
9/6/16
Learning Target: Explain the state of nature and the origins of government by analyzing a primary source.

9/7/16
Learning Target: Compare & contrast the state of nature as articulated by Hobbes& Locke AND explain the social contract theory in relation to government formation by analyzing a primary source & engaging in discussion.

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.

9/9/16
Learning Target: Identify and describe different classifications of governments by reading informational text in order to apply these classifications to real-world examples.
Political Forms of Government
Systems of Government
Read & take notes on Chapter 2, Section 1 DUE Tuesday 9/13.
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.
Parliamentary v. Presidential Democracy
World Economic Systems & Theories
Finish any incomplete classwork!

Read & take notes on Chapter 2, Section 1 DUE Tuesday 9/13.
9/13/16
Learning Target: Identify examples of when the concepts of democracy are being implemented and examples of when each is being denied.
Read & take notes on Chapter 2, Section 1
9/14/16
Learning Target: Compare the rights outlined in the Magna Carta, English Petition or Right, and the English Bill of Rights by reading each document and completing a flow chart in which the rights granted by each document are listed.
Annotated Timeline DUE Monday 9/16
9/16/16
Learning Target: Analyze the content and rhetoric of Thomas Paine's Common Sense by reading an excerpted, chunked text and responding to embedded questions in order to explain how he convinces reluctant colonists that independence is the only option.
Annotated Timeline DUE Monday 9/16
9/19/16
Learning Target: Analyze the different portions of the Declaration of Independence by working in small groups to read portions of the document and answer questions.
Read & take notes on Chapter 2, Section 3
9/20/2016
Learning Target: Analyze the strengths & weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation by listing the powers given to the states and the national governments.
Read & take notes on 2.4 & 2.5 for Friday 9/23
9/21/216
Learning Target: Identify the interests of the different colonies in order to engaging in a bargaining/compromise simulation to draft a new Constitution that most benefits your state, but at the same time creates a functional national government.
Read & take notes on 2.4 & 2.5 for Friday 9/23
9/23/16
Learning Target: Identify the major components & provisions of the U.S. Constitution by reading the document & completing a scavenger hunt.
Finish Constitution Scavenger Hunt
9/26/16
Learning Target: Identify the arguments made by both the Federalist in support of ratification and the Anti-Federalists in opposition to ratification by paraphrasing a series of excerpted primary sources.
Unit 1 TEST & Notebook Check Wednesday 9/28.
9/27/16
Learning Target: Translate the Bill of Rights into student-friendly language and make connections between real-life scenarios and the rights delineated in the document by playing a game of Bingo.
Unit 1 TEST & Notebook Check Wednesday 9/28.
9/28/16
Unit 1 TEST
Read & take notes on Ch.3 DUE Friday 9/30

Unit 2 : The Constitution & Federalism
9/30/16
Learning Target: Identify the six basic principles of the constitution by classifying Articles & Section excerpts from important documents as one of the six principles.

10/4/16
Learning Target: Explain how the Constitution is amended by reading Article V and completing a flow chart and describe some of the amendments passed in the course of 228 years since ratification by applying amendments to scenarios.
Finish Amendments Scavenger Hunt
10/5/16
Learning Target: Explain how the amendment process reflects the six basic principles of democracy by reading an article engaging in small group discussion in order to respond to questions.

Learning Target: Apply an informal amendment process to a failed formal amendment .
Read & take notes on "Roots of the Federal System"
10/7/16
Learning Target: Define federalism and explain the division of power between states and the federal government by identifying expressed, implied, reserved, and concurrent powers.

10/11/16
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.
Read & take notes on "Federalism Changes Over Time"
10/13/16
Learning Target: Identify how the Supreme Court decided the case of McCulloch v. Maryland by reading an excerpted decision and responding to questions.

Learning Target: Distinguish between arguments that states or the federal government should have more power, identify arguments about where each power should lie, and dismiss irrelevant arguments by playing a game and responding to reflection questions.
Complete ONE game of Power Play (tuntil you receive a certificate) on icivics.org
10/17& 18/16
Learning Target: Analyze and apply the trends of dual and cooperative federalism to real life situations.
Unit 2 TEST tentatively scheduled for Thursday 10/20.
10/20/16
Learning Target: Analyze a series of poll results in order to identify public attitudes toward federalism and how attitudes have changed.

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.
Unit 2 TEST Monday 10/24.
10/24/16
Unit 2 TEST





UNIT 3: Parties & Elections

10/25/16
Complete Party Systems Packet &Turn-in completes worksheets
Begin Political Parties Webquest
Finish & Print a copy of your Political Parties Webquest
10/27/16
Period 1 = College Fair
Period 5 = The Choice 2016
Read & take notes on "Party Activities & Minor Parties"
10/28/16
Learning Target: Explain the history and effect of third parties in U.S. political history by watching a documentary and taking notes in order to write a brief summary of the role third parties have played.
Finish A Third Choice (posted on wiki) and write your summary.
10/31/16
Learning Target: Explain how third parties affect electoral outcomes by investigating and comparing the elections of 1912, 1992 and 2000.
Finish reading "Third Parties in the U.S. Political Process" & complete the obstacle graphic organizer that follows the article.
11/1/16
Learning Target: Explain how third parties affect electoral outcomes by investigating and comparing the elections of 1912, 1992 and 2000.
Examine Election Data
Read "The History of Voting Rights" & "Your Right to Vote" and take notes.
11/3/16
Learning Target: Explain how the suffrage amendments advanced voting rights in the United States analyzing a series of scenarios to determine if voting rights have been violated in order to demonstrate an understanding of requirements for voting established by the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

11/4/16
Learning Target: Evaluate the impact of the Voting Rights Act and explain recent challenges to it by analyzing the case of Shelby County v. Holder.

11/7/16
Learning Target: Analyze the case of Shelby County v. Holder.

11/9/16
Learning Target: Analyze North Carolina's voter ID law in order to determine if it prevents voter fraud or encourages voter suppression.

11/14/16
Learning Target: Identify changes in youth voting trends and explain why some youth do and do not vote by analyzing a series of graphs, articles, and talks.
Read & take notes on "Voting Trends". UNIT 3 TEST tentatively scheduled for Friday 11/18.
11/18/16
UNIT 3 TEST


UNIT 4: The Legislative Branch

11/21/16
Learning Target: Identify the qualifications, leadership roles, & responsibilities of members of the House & Senate by taking notes on a lecture.
Play "Represent Me!" assigned to you through icivics.org Make sure you PRINT or SCREEN SHOT your certificate.
Take notes on THIS reading for WEDS. 11/23
11/22/16
Learning Target: Demonstrate how members of Congress weigh factors when casting a vote by evaluating information in order to apply each factor to real-life issues in the hypothetical bills.

11/23/16
Learning Target: Explain how the federal holiday known as Thanksgiving came to be and what hand the Presidents and Congress had in its celebration by reading a short article and analyzing a primary source.

11/28 &29/16
Learning Target: Evaluate redistricting & gerrymandering by engaging in a simulation and by analyzing sources & responding to questions.
12/1/16
Learning Target: Classify various scenarios as an exercise of the differnt expressed powers of Congress and explain how each power applies to the siltation.

12/2/16
Learning Target: Analyze the case of Gibbons v. Ogden.
Read "Implied & Non-Legislative Powers" & take notes DUE Monday 12/5
12/5/16
Review Gibbons v. Ogden. from Friday
Read "Implied & Non-Legislative Powers" & take notes DUE tomorrow.
12/6/16
Learning Target: Explain how the SCOTUS’s interpretation of the Commerce Clause has changed over time by summarizing the modern approach to interpreting the Commerce Clause and evaluate federal laws with regard to their constitutionality under the Commerce Clause.
Read "Making Laws" & take notes DUE on BLOCK DAY
12/8/16
Learning Target: Describe the elastic clause and give examples of how Congress applies it by using the expressed powers to explain implied ones .
Unit 4 TEST & Notebook Check Monday 12/12!
12/9/16
Learning Target: Explain the process of how a bill becomes a law by attending to a lecture in order to complete a flow chart.
Unit 4 TEST & Notebook Check Monday 12/12!
12/12/16
Unit 4 TEST Part 1 (multiple choice) & Notebook Check

12/13/16
Unit 4 TEST Part 2 (Critical reading & open-ended response)
Read & Take Notes on "The Presidency: An Overview"

Unit 5: The Executive Branch

12/15/16
Learning Target: Evaluate the merits of the Electoral College by engaging in a Structured Academic Controversy after reading and identifying arguments and evidence to support claim.
Read & take notes pp. 440-453 in chapter posted on wiki DUE Monday 12/19.
12/16/16
Learning Target: Classify different scenarios into the different presidential roles by determining "which hat" the president is wearing in each situation.
Read & take notes pp. 440-453 in chapter posted on wiki DUE Monday 12/19.
12/19/16
Learning Target: Identify the powers of the president as outlined in the U.S. Constitution by putting each into my own words, determine which power is exercised in specific scenarios and evaluate whether the president's actions fall within or exceed the bounds of his constitutional powers.
Read & Annotate "The Ambivalence of Executive Power"
12/20/16
Learnign Target: Evaluate the constitutionality of signing statements after watching a short video, responding to questions, & analyzing a political cartoon.
Read "Johnson, Nixon & the War Powers Act" and answer the 5 questions at the end of the reaidng ON a SEPARATE SHEET of PAPER
12/22/16
Learning Target: Assess the constitutional provisions about war and evaluate the constitutionality & effectiveness of the War Powers Resolution by analyzing primary source documents and reading a short article.
Read & take notes on pp. 462-468
Executive Branch TEST & notebook check on Tuesday, Jan. 3!



1/3/17
Executive Branch TEST & notebook check
Read & take notes on pp. 509-515 in THIS reading
SIGNED December Grade sheet DUE Fri 1/6!

Unit 6: The Judicial Branch

1/5/17
SCOTUS Case Project DUE Thursday 1/12!

Learning Target: Explain the role of judicial review and how Marbury v. Madison solidifying 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.

Learning Target: Identify sources of law, comparetz & contrast civil and criminal law, and describe military justice by reading an article and completing a worksheet.
Read & take notes on pp. 515-523 in THIS reading
SIGNED December Grade sheet DUE Fri 1/6!1/
1/6/17
Learning Target: Distinguish between the federal and state court systems AND identify the types and levels of courts within each system BY playing a gamein which you evaluate case scenarios to send citizens to the correct court.
SCOTUS Case Project DUE Thurs. 1/12
1/9/17
Learning Target: Explain the purpose of appellate courts, describe how they work, and compare & contrast the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court.
SCOTUS Case Project DUE Thurs. 1/12
1/10/17
Learning Target: Analyze Supreme Court cases that have interpreted the 5th & 8th Amendments.
FINAL EXAM Review Guide
SCOTUS Case Project DUE Thurs. 1/12

2015-2016

Semester 2
Date
Class Work
Homework
1/21/2016
Student Information Sheets
Syllabus
Course Expectations
Signed Syllabus in Binder withLoose Leaf Paper, Assignment ,writing implement & paper covered textbook DUE onMonday 1/25 .
1/22/2016
  • What are the responsibilites of citizenship?
  • What should be the requirements to become a citizen?
  • U.S. Citzenship Test
  • Sign-up for Remind .
  • Read & take notes on Chapter 1 DUE Tuesday!
  • Signed Syllabus inBinder with Loose LeafPaper, Assignment ,writing implement &paper covered textbookDUE on Monday 1/25 .
1/25/2016
Learning Target: Engage in a simulation in order to explain the State of Nature .
  • Read & take notes on Ch. 1 DUE Tomorrow!
1/26/2016
Learning Target:

1/28/2018
Learning Target: Describe the elements of a state , the differences between forms of governments & howparliamentary & presidential governments differ.

1/29/2016
Learning Target: Build a new "state" using what I have learned about its components and types of government.
Read & take notes on 2.1 DUE Thursday 2/4
2/1/2016
Learning Target: Differentiate between tradtional, command & market systems AND capitalism, communism & socialismby reading a set of articles and classifying examples.
Read & take notes on 2.1 DUE Thursday 2/4
2/2/2016
Learning Target: Identify examples of when the concepts of democracy are being implemented and examples of when they are being denied to the citizens.
Read & take notes on 2.1 DUE Thursday 2/4
2/4/2016
Learning Target: Compare the main points of the Magna Carta, English Petition of Right, and the English Bill of Rights by completing a flow chart after reading eachexcerpted document .
Magna Carta Notes
Independence Timeline DUE Monday 2/8
2/5/2016
Finish yesterday's activity by reviewing flowchart
Independence Timeline DUE Monday 2/8
2/9/2016
Learning Target: Identify the central idea(s) in Common Sense by paraphrasing each paragraph excerpt.

2/11/2016
Learning Target: Analyze the different portions of theDeclaration of Independence by working in small groups to read portions of the document and answer questions.
Read & take notes on 2.3
2/18/2016


2/19/2016


2/22 & 23 /2016
Learning Target: Create a new Constitution for the U.S. by bargaining with other states in order to vote on proposals for the new Constitution and create compromises when dead-locked.
Read 2.4 & 2.5 and Take notes DUE Thursday 2/25.
2/25/2016
Learning Target: Identify the major components & provisions of the U.S. Constitution by reading the document & completing a scavenger hunt .
TEST & Notebook Check Tuesday 3/1
2/26/2016
Learning Target: Identify the arguments made by both the Federalist in support of ratification and the Anti-Federalists in opposition to ratification by paraphrasing a series ofexcerpted primary sources & completing a chart delineating their respective arguments.
TEST & Notebook Check Tuesday 3/1
2/29/2016
Learning Target: Translate the Bill of Rights into student-friendly language and make connections between real-life scenarios and the rights delineated in the document by playing a game of Bingo.
TEST & Notebook Check Tuesday 3/1
3/1/2016
TEST & Notebook Check
Read & take notes on Ch.3 DUE Friday!

Unit 2: Constitution & Federalism

3/4/2016
Learning Target: Analyze the constitution in order to find examples of the six basic principles , explain how amendments are proposed & passed , and apply amendments to specific scenarios .

3/7/2016
Learning Target: Apply an informal amendment process to a failed formal amendment .
Read pp. 55-62 & take notes inTHIS chapter on Federalism
3/8/2016


3/10/2016
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.
Read pp. 55-62 & take notes inTHIS chapter on Federalism
3/11/2016
Learning Target: Explain how the SCOTUS's interpretation of the commerce clause has changed over the course of U.S. History in order to evaluate the constitutionality of federal laws.
Read & take notes on pp. 63-68 in THIS chapter on Federalism

TEST on Federalism tentatively scheduled for THURSDAY 3/17.
3/14/2016
Learning Target: Explain how the SCOTUS's interpretation of the commerce clause has changed over the course of U.S. History in order to evaluate the constitutionality of federal laws.
TEST on Federalism tentatively scheduled for THURSDAY 3/17.
3/15/2016
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 Federalism THURSDAY 3/17.
3/17/2016
TEST on Federalism
Take this Political Typology Quiz
NOTE - If you are unsure of what a question is asking of you, be resourceful! Search online for the topic to help clarify the issue/question.
3/18/2016


3/21/2016
Learning Target: Compare our class's political ideology to that of the American public by examining data and responding to analysis questions.

3/23/2016
Learning Target: Define and differentiate between different political party systems, while describing a political parties roles and the ways in which they influence public opinion.

Learning Target: Use the Internet to research the development of the two-party system in the U.S. & respond to questions my copy of the Google doc. shared with my npsct account.

3/24/2016
Learning Target: Use the Internet to research the two-party system in the U.S. in order to respond to questions & complete a party chart on my copy of the Google docs. shared with my npsct account.
Finish Part I & II of the Political Parties Web Quest.
PRINT Part II of the Web Quest for Monday...You will need to use it in class!
3/28/2016
Learning Target: Explain the history and effect of third parties in U.S. political history by watching a documentary and taking notes in order to write a brief summary of the role third parties have played.
Complete Part III of the Political Parties Webquest. You must make a copy in order to edit. After you have completed the assignment...PRINT a copy to bring to class on Tuesday 3/29/2016.
3/29/2016
Finish watching the documentary begun yesterday.
Read Ch. 6, Section 1-3 & take notes
3/30/2016
Learning Target: Explain general voting requirements and how the suffrage amendments advanced voting rights in the United States by reading and interpreting various laws and applying them to a case.

4/1/2016
Learning Target: Explore the history of the struggle for voting rights for African Americans in order to explain the significance & impact of Shelby Country v. Holder on those voting rights.
TEST & Notebook Check on Friday
4/4/2016
Learning Target: Explain the reasons why American's might not vote after watching a documentary & taking notes.
Read & take notes on 6.4
4/5/2016
Learning Target: Explain the reasons why American's might not vote after watching a documentary & taking notes.
Finish watching Electoral Dysfunction stopped in class @ 33:11 & paraphrase the 8 "Fact Cards"
4/6/2016
Learning Target: Evaluate the validity of Voter ID laws by engaging in a discussion with peers.
  • Do voter ID laws violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
  • Does the need to protect against voter fraud take priority?
  • Do you think the laws would be effective in doing so?
  • Do the laws discriminate against seniors and low-income citizens?

Learning Target: Identify how a president is elected and determine if the current election system needs to be changed, and if so, how.

Learning Target: Examine poll data to determine how youth voting trends compare to the older generations.
TEST & Notebook Check on Friday
4/8/2016
TEST on Political Parties & Elections
Read & take notes on THIS reading

UNIT 4: The Legislative Branch

4/18/2016
Learning Target: Identify the qualifications, leadership roles, & responsibilities of members of the House & Senate by taking notes on a lecture.
Go to http://www.icivics.org and use your username & password on the yellow strip to play "Represent Me!" Make sure you print your certificate.
4/19/2016
Learning Target: Demonstrate how members of Congress weight factors when casting a vote by evaluating information in order to apply each factor to real-life issues in the hypothetical bills.

4/20/2016
Learning Target: Evaluate redistricting & gerrymandering by engaging in a simulation and by analyzing sources & responding to questions
Read & take notes on 11.1-11.4
4/25/2016
Learning Target: Describe the elastic clause and give examples of how Congress applies it.
Read & take notes on THIS reading
4/26/2016
Learning Target: Identify & describe the different types of committees in Congress. See Lecture posted on 4/18/2016.
TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 4/29!
4/27/2016
Learning Target: Identify & evaluate the important steps in the legislative process. See Lecture posted on 4/18/2016.
TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 4/29!
4/29/2016
TEST on Legislative Branch
Read & take notes on 13.1 & 13.2 in textbook
5/2/2016
Learning Target: Identify the qualifications for the presidency by paraphrasing Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and compare your paraphrase with the mini-lecture.

Learning Target: Identify & explain how actions of the early U.S. presidential administrations established a strong federal government by reading an article & using the information to complete an activity.
Read & take notes pp. 440-453 in chapter posted on wiki DUE Weds. 5/4.
5/3/2016
Learning Target: Classify different scenarios into the different presidential roles by determining "which hat" the president is wearing in each situation.
Read & take notes pp. 440-453 in chapter posted on wiki DUE Weds. 5/4.
5/4/2016
Learning Target: Identify the powers of the president as outlined in the U.S. Constitution by putting each into my own words, determine which power is exercised in specific scenarios and evaluate whether the president's actions fall within or exceed the bounds of his constitutional powers.

5/6/2016
Learning Target: Assess the constitutional provisions about war and evaluate the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution by reading a short article and analyzing primary source documents to prepare for a simulation.

5/9/2016
Learning Target: Engage in a simulation to assess and evaluate the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution.
Read & take notes on pp. 462-467
5/10/2016
Learning Target: Explain and evaluate the constitutionality of signing statements after watching a short video, responding to questions, analyzing a political cartoon and engaging in small group discussion.
Read & take notes pp. 455-462
5/11/2016
Learning Target: Identify and explain the "informal" powers of the President.

Learning Target: Apply formal/informal checks on presidential actions.
Executive Branch TEST & Notebook check on Friday 5/13.
5/13/2016
Executive Branch TEST
Read & take notes on pp. 509-515 in THIS reading

Unit 6: The Judiciary

5/16 & 17/2016
SCOTUS Case Project DUE Tuesday, May 31!

Learning Target: Explain the role of judicial review and how Marbury v. Madison solidifying 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.
Read & take notes on pp. 515-523 in THIS reading
5/18/2016
Learning Target: Identify sources of law, compare & contrast civil and criminal law, and describe military justice by reading an article and completing a worksheet.

Learning Target: Distinguish between the federal and state court systems AND identify the types and levels of courts within each system BY engaging in a simulation in which you evaluate case scenarios to send citizens to the correct court.

Learning Target: Explain the purpose of appellate courts, describe how they work and compare & contrast the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court.

5/20/2016


5/23/2016
Learning Target: Make & support a persuasive argument, recognizing that there are strong arguments on both sides of a case, by playing the "Arguments Wars" simulation assigned to you on icivics.org.

Learning Target: Analyze the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression and identify protected and unprotected speech by playing "Supreme Decision" assigned to you on icivics.org to help a justice decide a case.
Finish any simulation games not completed by the end of the period.
5/24 & 26/2016
Learning Target: Evaluate the effect of landmark cases on everyday life an in order to explain the importance of judicial review.

Learning Target: Analyze Supreme Court cases that have interpreted the 5th & 8th Amendments
Supreme Court Case Brief DUE Tuesday 5/31.
5/27/2016
Learning Target: Explain the rule of law by deciding the case of Mary Jones; Understand how the branches of government interrelate with the courts.
Supreme Court Case Brief DUE Tuesday 5/31.



Semester 1
Date
Class Work
Homework
8/26/2015
Student Information Sheets
Syllabus & Course Expectations
Signed Syllabus in Binderwith Loose Leaf Paper,Assignment , writing implement & paper covered textbook DUE on Monday 8/31 .
8/27/2015
  1. What are the responsibilites of citizenship? What should be the requirements to become a citizen?
  2. U.S. Citizensip Test
  • Sign-up for Remind .
  • Read & take notes on Chapter 1 DUE Tuesday!
  • Signed Syllabus inBinder with Loose Leaf Paper,Assignment , writing implement & paper covered textbook DUEon Monday 8/31 .
8/28/2015
State of Nature Simulation & Read Hobbes & Locke
  • Sign-up for Remind .
  • Read & take notes on Chapter 1 DUE Tuesday!
  • Signed Syllabus inBinder with Loose Leaf Paper,Assignment , writing implement & paper covered textbook DUEon Monday 8/31 .
8/31/2015
Learning Target: Compare & contrast the state of nature as articulated by Hobbes & Locke AND explain the social contract theory in relation to government formation.
Read & take notes on Chapter 1 DUE Tuesday!
9/1/2015
Learning Target:

9/2/2015
Learning Target: Differnetiate between different types & forms of gov't in order to determine how to organize my "new sovereign state."

9/4/2015
Finish creating your New Sovereign State

9/8/2015
Learning Target: Identify examples of when the concepts of democracy are being implemented and examples of when they are being denied to the citizens.
Concepts of Democracy

9/9/2015
Learning Target: Differentiate between tradtional, command & market systems AND capitalism, coimmunism & socialism by reading a set of articles and classifying examples.
Economic Systems
Chapter 2, section 1 notes & Chapter 2, section 2 timelineDUE Tuesday 9/15.
9/11/2015
Learning Target: Compare the main points of the Magna Carta, English Petition of Right, and the English Bill of Rights by completing a flow chart after reading each excerpted document .
Chapter 2, section 1 notes & Chapter 2, section 2 timelineDUE Tuesday 9/15.
9/15/2015
Learning Target: Analyze the content and rhetoric of Thomas Paine's Common Sense by reading an excerpted, chunked text and responding to embedded questions.

9/16/2015
Finish Common Sense activity from yesterday
Learning Target: Analyze the different portions of theDeclaration of Independence.
Read & take notes on Chapter 2, Sections 3, 4, & 5 for Monday 9/21
9/18/2015
Finish Declaration of Independence activity from Wednesday
Read & take notes onChapter 2, Sections 3, 4, & 5 for Monday 9/21
9/21/2015
Learning Target: Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation

9/22/2015
Learning Target: Analyze the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation by engaging in a case study to propose revisions to remedy the weaknesses

9/ 25/2015
Finish Articles of Confederation case study
Constitution Simulation
Unit 1 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 10/2!
9/28/2015
Finish Constitution Simulation
Unit 1 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 10/2!
9/29/2015
Learning Target: Identify the major components & provisions of the U.S. Constitution by reading the document & completing a scavenger hunt .
You Be the Judge!
Unit 1 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 10/2!
9/30/2015
Learnign Target: Identify the arguments made by both the Federalist in support of ratification and the Anti-Federalists in opposition to ratification by paraphrasing a series ofexcerpted primary sources & completing a chart delineating their respective arguments.
Unit 1 TEST & Notebook Check on Friday 10/2!
10/2/2015
Unit 1 TEST
Read 3.1 & take notes

Unit 2: The Constitution & Federalism

10/5/2015
Learning Target: Identify which of the six principles applies to the various primary source excerpts.
Finish reading & taking notes on Ch. 3
10/6/2015
Learning Target: Rewrite the seven purposes of government listed in the Preamble of the Constitution in my own words and find examples to support each from the Constitution.

10/7/2015
Learning Target: Outline the process of passing a formal amendment to the Constitution AND apply different Amendments to various real-life scenarios .

10/8/2015
Learning Target: Apply an informal amendment process to afailed formal amendment proposal .
Read 4.1 & take notes.
10/13 & 14/2015
Learning Target: Describe the concept of federalism by identifying enumerated, concurrent & reserved powers and interpreting excerpts from the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution.

10/16/2015
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 THEN explain the decision of the court by read the SOCUTS opinion & reponding to questions.
Unit 2 TEST & Notebook Check Wednesday 10/21!
10/19 & 20/2015
Learning Target: Describe the process of becoming a state and the rights & responsibilities of statehood by engaging in a simulation to complete an assignment .
Becoming a State
Unit 2 TEST & Notebook Check TOMORROW!
10/21/2015
Unit 2 TEST
Learning Target: Compare and contrast the meaning of "conservative," "liberal," and "moderate" by identifying the differences between these groups on the political spectrum after reading an article .


Unit 3: Political Parties, Voting & Interest Groups

10/22/2015
Learning Target: Determine my political ideology by taking four political ideology quizzes, analyzing the results and writing a response that answers reflections questions.
Political Ideology Quiz Assignment
Finish Political Ideology Quiz Assignment







Unit 4: The Legislative Branch

11/19/2015
Learning Target: Identify the qualifications, leadership roles and responsibilites of memebrs of the House & Senate by taking notes on a lecture .
Learning Target: Evaluate the composition of the Congress by comparing US Census data to Congressional demographics .
Read & take notes on 11.1 & 11.2 for Friday 11/20.
11/20/2015
The Redistricting Game

11/23/2015
The Redistricting Game

11/24/2015
Learning Target: Evaluate redistricting & gerrymandering in order to determine if there is a difference by analyzing sources & responding to questions

11/25/2015
Finish yesterday's lesson

11/30/2015
Learning Target: Describe the elastic clause and give examples of how Congress applies it by using the expressed powers to explain implied ones .
Read " How a Bill Becomes a Law " & take notes
TEST on Congress Friday 12/4!
12/1/2015
Learning Target: Identify the steps in the legislative process by reordering the disorganized steps into the whole.
Legislative Branch PPT
TEST on Congress Friday 12/4!
12/2/2015
Learning Target: Identify the steps in the legislative process by reordering the disorganized steps into the whole.
Legislative Branch PPT
Learning Target: Trace the path of a bill through the legislative process by completing the public law project .
TEST on Congress Friday 12/4!
12/4/15
TEST on Congress
Read pp. 435-440 & take notes

Unit 5: The Executive Branch

12/7/2015

Read pp. 440-453 & take notes
12/8/2015
Learning Target: Identify the expressed powers of the President by analyzing Article II of the Constitution & classifying Presidential actions by power.
On Presidential Power.docx
On Presidential Power.docx
On Presidential Power.docx
Go to www.icivics.org , log-in using your randomly generate name given to you in class on Tuesday, click on classes, & complete Executive Command game assignment.
12/10/2015


12/11/2015
Learning Target: Explain how the War Powers Act limited the President's war-making power as Commander-in-Chief by examining a series of primary sources and completing a graphic organizer.
Finish reading & taking notes on the Chapter
12/14/2015
Finish Friday's Activity on the War Powers
Watch a Commentary & respond to questions
TEST on the Executive tentatively scheduled for Thursday 12/17.