CIVIL GOVERNMENT- OCTOBER, 2019
DATE

ESSENTIAL FILES: INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION, SIMPLE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.

Activities and Assignments:

THU

10/17

BELLRINGER: We do a quick follow-up video that explains the basics of the DEBT and DEFICIT.

A NOTE ABOUT OUR PROJECT- There was some confusion as to whether or not the CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES PROJECT was due today or Monday. Mr. B. has decided to review that material in class starting on MONDAY.

1st HALF OF TODAY: We review some follow-up information that Mr. B. thinks is important regarding the Financing of Government: Part Two- Where does the money go and who do we owe?

2nd HALF OF TODAY- 2019 Colorado Blue Book Analysis Sheet: Due at the end of class today, 25 point assignment. Here is the link to the 2019 Colorado Blue Book.

Also, Mr. B. has his ballot. He will vote however the class decides he should vote on the two issues. We review the mail-in ballot process and Mr. B. sends off his ?
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TUE

10/15

BELLRINGER: No Bellringer today, we have too much to do.

LECTURE: : Financing Government. If you are not mad at the end of this lecture, you are not paying attention!

WORK DAY (if we have time): The Controversial Political Issues Project. We signed up for these last week. You have some work time today, USE IT! Start by doing some CITED research into the HISTORY of your controversy and the two political views regarding your topic. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR QUOTES FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE! You need these for your presentation piece! Put together some ideas about how you will present your information!

MON

10/14

MR. B. IS OUT TODAY. He will be back tomorrow.

BELLRINGER: In class tomorrow, we will start talking about how we pay for government. With this in mind, please complete the "What About Taxes?" Thinking Sheet.

WORK DAY: The Controversial Political Issues Project. We signed up for these last week. You have some work time today, USE IT! Start by doing some CITED research into the HISTORY of your controversy and the two political views regarding your topic. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR QUOTES FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE! You need these for your presentation piece! Put together some ideas about how you will present your information!

THU

10/10

BELLRINGER, AT THE END OF THE FIRST CLASS PERIOD: Once we have watched the two "documentaries" from today's lecture, please respond to the "Special Interest Groups at Work" Thinking Sheet.

FIRST HALF OF CLASS, LECTURE: We will be reviewing Special Interest Groups and their place in government in the United States of America. We will also be viewing the work of 2 different special interest groups and analyzing their effectiveness as political vehicles. Once we have watched the two "documentaries" from the lecture, please respond to the "Special Interest Groups at Work" Thinking Sheet.

SECOND HALF OF CLASS, "SPECIAL INTERESTS AT WORK" DAY PROJECT: Interest Groups- Organizing to Influence. We will watch this video regarding special interests and then answer questions on the Organizing to Influence Day Project. (this will be a 50 point day project, please give strong effort!)

TUE

10/8

BELLRINGER NUMBER ONE: Talk about controversial issues! Please complete the Issue Analysis: "Recess Consultants" Thinking Sheet.

BELLRINGER NUMBER TWO: Complete the "Controversial Issues Thinking Sheet."

WORK DAY ON YOUR UPCOMING PROJECT- The Controversial Political Issues Project. We signed up for these yesterday. You have some work time today. Start by doing some CITED research into the HISTORY of your controversy and the two political views regarding your topic. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR QUOTES FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE! You need these for your presentation piece! Put together some ideas about how you will present your information!

MON

10/7

BELLRINGER: How are Liberals and Conseratives different? Well, let's analyze THE main information source in the year 2019, MEMES! Complete the "Meme Analysis- Liberal vs. Conservative Equality."

FOR TODAY- A LECTURE:  Introduction to Political Parties

UPCOMING PROJECT- The Controversial Political Issues Project. These issues are first come, first served! 2nd Amendment, Drug and Alcohol issues not allowed for this paper! Due on October Somethingth.

FRI

10/4

BELLRINGER: We consider the political affiliation of a famous figure by completing the "What about Santa Claus? Thinking Sheet.

FOR TODAY- A LECTURE:  Introduction to Political Parties

UPCOMING PROJECT- The Controversial Political Issues Project. These issues are first come, first served! 2nd Amendment, Drug and Alcohol issues not allowed for this paper! Due on October Somethingth.

THU

10/3

BELLRINGER: We consider a number of two current event issues in front of our legislature by analyzing the STUDENT FORUM for October, 2019. Complete the VOTE BALLOT page of the Forum, including COMMENTS and turn it in to Mr. B. for credit (15 points). Please fill in your name and school, but only complete the address section of the ballot if you wish to receive a response regarding these issues.

SECOND HALF OF TODAY: We work on a short research project- "The Political Parties of the US and UK Research Assignment." This will help students to understand the fact that there are other political parties in the world other than the Democrats and the Republicans. Complete the TABLE as outlined on the assignment sheet on a single piece of paper.

IF WE HAVE LOTS OF EXTRA TIME, A LECTURE:  Introduction to Political Parties

TUE

10/1

BELLRINGER: Let's go right to the source of Political Party ideals and review the DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM and the REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM. For this review, we will be completing the LIBERAL/CONSERVATIVE PARTY PLATFORM COMPARISON.

FRI

9/27

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MON

9/30

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TUE

10/1

BELLRINGER: At the start of class, we review a video regarding teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Then, we consider local actions by completing the Global Climate Strike Thinking Sheet.What are other high school students doing to become politically active and do you support them?

FOR TODAY: Please complete the "LIBERAL/CONSERVATIVE ISSUES EXERCISE." Make sure that you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS and hit both the 1 and the 2 buttons as you proceed! This will be a graded assignment AND we will discuss this in class!

THU

9/26

TEST TODAY! Mr. B. will pass out the test at the start of class. This will likely take awhile to complete. Get right to work. You may NOT use your notes or your study guide on the test! If you would like your 10 percent extra credit, you need to attach your HANDWRITTEN study guide to your test when you submit it.

DID YOU FINISH EARLY? Please complete the "LIBERAL/CONSERVATIVE ISSUES EXERCISE." Make sure that you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS and hit both the 1 and the 2 buttons as you proceed! This will be a graded assignment AND we will discuss this in class!

TUE

9/22

BELLRINGER: At the start of class, please complete the Liberal/Conservative Chart Assignment. Please note that you will be demonstrating your NOTES to Mr. B. for a 25 point assignment score!

FOR TODAY: We start learning what we need to learn to be a responsible citizen by partaking in the LIBERAL vs. CONSERVATIVE lecture, which we will complete today.

Here is the LIBERAL vs. CONSERVATIVE CHART, PLEASE TAKE NOTES (25 points "assignment".)

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Study Guide for the Unit ONE Examination, coming up NEXT PERIOD. I am willing to do some test review today, if anyone has any questions.

MON

9/21

BELLRINGER: We review all of the information from our PAPERS regarding the COMPROMISES OF THE CONSTITUTION. TAKE NOTES! This information will be on the test!

FOR TODAY: We start learning what we need to learn to be a responsible citizen by partaking in the LIBERAL vs. CONSERVATIVE lecture. Most of you are 18 or will be soon. Voting age students need to be able to understand the parties that are at work and how they should be approached.

Here is the LIBERAL vs. CONSERVATIVE CHART, PLEASE TAKE NOTES (25 points "assignment".)

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Study Guide for the Unit ONE Examination, coming up on BLOCK DAY THIS WEEK.

FRI

9/20

BELLRINGER: Please complete the POLITICAL ROOTS QUESTIONNAIRE. This will direct you to complete a POLITICAL QUIZ. That is here: "The Political Typology Quiz"

WE WORK ON OUR RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper. DUE AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Study Guide for the Unit ONE Examination, coming up on WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK.

SHOULD STUDENTS NOT BE WORKING TODAY, I will assume that students have completed all current work and I will move on to the LIBERAL vs. CONSERVATIVE lecture. Most of you are 18 or will be soon. Voting age students need to be able to understand the parties that are at work and how they should be approached.

ANOTHER POLITICAL QUIZ, SLANTED TOWARDS LIBERTARIANS: "The World's Smallest Political Quiz."

THU

9/19

BELLRINGER: We consider two current event issues in front of our legislature by analyzing the STUDENT FORUM for September, 2019. Complete the VOTE BALLOT page of the Forum, including COMMENTS and turn it in to Mr. B. for credit (15 points). Please fill in your name and school, but only complete the address section of the ballot if you wish to receive a response regarding these issues.

WE WORK ON OUR RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper!

THE The Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances Worksheet is due TODAY.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Study Guide for the Unit ONE Examination, coming up on NEXT WEEK.

TUE

9/17

BELLRINGER: No Bellringer for today. WORK ON YOUR PROJECTS!

WE WORK ON OUR RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper!

THE The Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances Worksheet is due on THURSDAY.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Study Guide for the Unit ONE Examination, coming up on NEXT WEEK. (We can make hard copies, as necessary.)

MON

9/16

BELLRINGER: STARTING TODAY: BRIEF LECTURE: Amending the Constitution, Checks and Balances and the Separation of Powers.

WE WORK ON OUR RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper!

TWO CHECKS AND BALANCES/SEPARATION OF POWERS ASSIGNMENTS, BOTH DUE ON THURSDAY.

ASSIGNMENT ONE: Here is a copy of the Checks and Balances/Separation of Powers Graphic: Recreate this chart in your notes. Show me when you are done and I will give you 25 points!

ASSIGNMENT TWO: To become more familiar with the idea of the Checks and Balances of the three Branches of Government, please complete The Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances Worksheet.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Study Guide for the Unit ONE Examination, coming up on NEXT WEEK. (We can make hard copies, as necessary.)

FRI

9/13

BELLRINGER: Well, it is Presidential Candidate Debate Season, so.... We review a couple of Debate clips from the Third Democratic Debate last night:

When we are done, we answer the questions in the Democratic Candidate Debate Analysis Sheet.

WORK DAY: WORK ON RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper, due next FRIDAY!

THU

9/12

 

BELLRINGER: First, we are going to review some information about FEDERALISM by listening to and taking notes. Then, to become more familiar with the idea of State vs. Federal Powers, we will complete The Federal/State Powers Worksheet. There are 10 scenarios, 1 points for each correct "Constitutional/Unconstitutional" answer and 2 points for each explanation. Please be as thorough and detailed in your answer as possible, details count.

WORK DAY:

  1. FEDERALISM LECTURE
  2. BELLRINGER: The Federal/State Powers Worksheet- due at the end of class today.
  3. IF YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME, WORK ON RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper, due next FRIDAY!

DUE TODAY: The "Six Big Ideas of the Constitution" Project, The Federal/State Powers Worksheet

TUE

9/10

BELLRINGER: Complete the "Baron de Montesquieu Thinking Sheet."

WORK DAY:

  1. Reading and Interpreting the Constitution- Complete The "Six Big Ideas of the Constitution" Project (I have hard copies). You will be reading the various Articles/Amendments and deciding how the "Big 6 Ideas" were written into the Constitution. For this assignment, students should be referring to their POCKET CONSTITUTION or this Interactive Constitution from the Heritage Center or this SIMPLE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION. Please have these completed by the start of class tomorrow! If you are stuck, you are allowed to use your resources to answer these points. However, you will still need to list the proper Article, Section and Clause and put the text into your own words. YOU CAN INCLUDE THE BILL OF RIGHTS IN THIS PROJECT!
  2. WORK TIME ON RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper, due on September 20.

MON

9/9

BELLRINGER: We complete The "Jean Jacques Rousseau Thinking Sheet". We might also discuss this, if we have time.

  1. LECTURE (we complete today, if possible): "United States Constitution- Creation and Structure."
  2. Reading and Interpreting the Constitution- Complete The "Six Big Ideas of the Constitution" Project (I have hard copies). You will be reading the various Articles/Amendments and deciding how the "Big 6 Ideas" were written into the Constitution. For this assignment, students should be referring to their POCKET CONSTITUTION or this Interactive Constitution from the Heritage Center or this SIMPLE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.
  3. OUR UPCOMING RESEARCH PAPER: The Compromises of the Constitution Paper, due on Friday, September 20.

FRI

9/6

BELLRINGER: Complete The "All Men Are Created Equal" Political Cartoon Thinking Sheet.

FOR TODAY:

  1. OUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT: Reading and Interpreting the Constitution- Complete The "Six Big Ideas of the Constitution" Project: (I have hard copies) You will be reading the various Articles/Amendments and deciding how the "Big 6 Ideas" were written into the Constitution. For this assignment, students should be referring to their POCKET CONSTITUTION or this Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center.

THU

9/5

BELLRINGER: We grab our phones and reflect upon and discuss the "Rules of Government by completing The "Guiding Principles of Government" Poll.

To participate, please get out your phones and use a web browser to head to wooclap.com/HHSGOV.

FOR TODAY:

  1. Students will present their work on their "Birth of America" Slide Show Creation Project.
  2. A PHILOSOPHICAL BREAK: We discuss the philosopher John Locke and his theories regarding the Natural Law of Man by considering The "John Locke Thinking Sheet".
  3. OUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT: Reading and Interpreting the Constitution- Complete The "Six Big Ideas of the Constitution" Project: (I have hard copies) You will be reading the various Articles/Amendments and deciding how the "Big 6 Ideas" were written into the Constitution. For this assignment, students should be referring to their POCKET CONSTITUTION or this Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center.

TUE

9/3

BELLRINGER- Let's just finish up our "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background" lecture and work on our Slide Show Project.

WORK DAY: The "Birth of America" Slide Show Creation Project. You need to follow all instructions regarding this project and complete thorough and detailed slides regarding your topic. We start this slide show tomorrow. You need to be informed as to the content of your slide and ready to present your slide ot the class. This assignment WILL be graded!

FRI

8/30

VERY SHORT CLASS PERIOD TODAY- Let's just finish up our "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background" lecture and work on our Slide Show Project.

WORK DAY: The "Birth of America" Slide Show Creation Project. You need to follow all instructions regarding this project and complete thorough and detailed slides regarding your topic. This one WILL be graded!

THU

8/29

We finish up a couple of presentations for irst big assignment: The Forms of Government Analysis Presentation Assignment. We also discuss our efforts on this project, how Mr. B. is going to handle it and what we expect for the future.

WHEN WE COMPLETE OUR PRESENTATIONS: We begin working on our next exciting lecture regarding the Building of a Government:  "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background".

UPCOMING: The "Birth of America" Slide Show Creation Project. You need to follow all instructions regarding this project and complete thorough and detailed slides regarding your topic. This one WILL be graded!

TUE

8/27

Presentation Day for our first big assignment: The Forms of Government Analysis Presentation Assignment

WHEN WE COMPLETE OUR PRESENTATIONS: We begin working on our next exciting lecture regarding the Building of a Government:  "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background".

UPCOMING: The "Birth of America" Slide Show Creation Project.

MON

8/26

BELLRINGER: We complete the Flying the Flag Thinking Sheet.

Work Day on our first big assignment: The Forms of Government Analysis Presentation Assignment, you should have completed all of the questions regarding your country and should be working on your presentation information for tomorrow. If your written portion or your presentation are not ready tomorrow, you will receive a ZERO out of 100 points on the assignment. There were a ton of students out on Friday, so I am willing to start this presentation tomorrow!

DEPENDING ON CLASS WORK ETHIC: We might begin working on our next exciting lecture regarding the Building of a Government:  "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background".

UPCOMING: The "Birth of America" Slide Show Creation Project.

 

FRI

8/23

BELLRINGER: "The Last Tree" Political Cartoon Thinking Sheet.

WORK DAY for our first big assignment: The Forms of Government Analysis Presentation Assignment, by the end of class today, you should have completed all of the questions regarding your country and should thinking about how to present your information to the class on Monday. If your written portion is not ready on Monday at the start of class, you will receive a ZERO out of 100 points on the assignment. If this will be an issue for you, please come see me TODAY to make arrangments!

DEPENDING ON CLASS WORK ETHIC: We might begin working on our next exciting lecture regarding the Building of a Government:  "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background".

THU

8/21

BELLRINGER: Please complete the "He's Just a Little Boy!" Thinking Sheet. We discuss as a class.

We review our first big assignment: The Forms of Government Analysis Assignment. This needs to be completed and ready to present on Monday. To start, please complete the "The Forms of Government Analysis Assignment SELECTION Form." If you have any questions about your topic of selection, see Mr. B.!

DEPENDING ON CLASS WORK ETHIC: We might begin working on our next exciting lecture regarding the Building of a Government:  "The Roots of the Republic- Historical Background".

 

MON

8/20

BELLRINGER:"Japan looks to change their Constitution" Thinking Sheet. We discuss as a class.

We continue our Class Lecture and Discussion: The Famous COWS Lecture- Forms of Government. To help with the understanding of each form of government, we will do a little bit of class discussion. We will analyze some "systems," with regards to our Forms of Government:

  1. Being stranded on a desert island with 13 other people after a plane crash.
  2. Working at a store.
  3. Attending your 20 year high school reunion.
  4. Living in an extended family.
  5. Being on a sports team.

We will spend the second half of our classtime working on our first big assignment: The Forms of Government Analysis Assignment. This needs to be completed and ready to present on Monday. To start, please complete the "The Forms of Government Analysis Assignment SELECTION Form."

FRI

8/16

BELLRINGER: "The Wonder Woman Lunch Box" Thinking Sheet.

SYLLABUS DUE TODAY! Please put it in my folder.

FOR TODAY: We continue the Class Lecture and Discussion: The Famous COWS Lecture- Forms of Government.

THU

8/15

BELLRINGER: We analyze two political cartoons and complete the "Immigration Cartoons Thinking Sheet." This should take 6-8 minutes.

FOR TODAY:

  1. We complete a Pre-test regarding Government in the United States. I want to know what you know.
  2. Class Discussion- How do you take notes in Civil Government?
  3. Class Lecture and Discussion: The Famous COWS Lecture- Forms of Government.

TUE

8/13

CIVIL GOVERNMENT SYLLABUS: DUE Friday, 8/16, 15 point assignment.

Civil Government Course overview and classroom rules and regulations

LOGINS:

  • Navigate to highlandtechnology.org, BOOKMARK page!
    • Temporary Login for new students: USERNAME: techlab
    • PASSWORD: huskies1
  • Navigate to highlandtechnology.org. Bookmark class page.

IF WE HAVE TIME: We analyze the "Angel Armor Thinking Sheet."