CIVIL GOVERNMENT- ONLINE COURSE/ SPRING, 2020
DATE

ESSENTIAL FILES: INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION, SIMPLE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.

Activities and Assignments:

TUE

5/12

SENIORS: PLEASE CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL FOR A LINK TO THE FINAL EXAMINATION. IT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO ME BY MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th.

MON

5/11

WHAT'S DUE?

  • FINAL EXAMINATION: Watch for an email TUESDAY morning with a link to the Final Examination for this semester. You will have until midnight on Wednesday to complete this test. Then, you will be DONE with Civil Government for the year!

WED

5/6

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, MAY 10th AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth Amendment Notes on Khan Academy material. 25 points.
  • Plessy V. Ferguson Case Study- 50 points.
  • Mendez v. Westminster School District Case Study- 50 points.

VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING FOR TODAY: We quickly covered some important information regarding the 9th, 10th and 14th AMENDMENTS and discussed the upcoming Final Examination. This will be the last Virtual Class Period of the Year. Best of Luck to my Seniors!

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

MON

5/4

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, MAY 10th AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth Amendment Notes on Khan Academy material. 25 points.
  • Plessy V. Ferguson Case Study- 50 points.
  • Mendez v. Westminster School District Case Study- 50 points.

The Last Civil Government Assignments of the Year!


SEVENTH, EIGHTH AND NINTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: Please review ALL of the following and TAKE NOTES Please send me an image of your notes, for the gradebook. These notes will be a 25 point assignment.

A NOTE: Regarding the "Other Amendments": We are running out of time to cover all of the Amendments. If you are interested in the 11th, 12th and 13th Amendments, as well as any of the Amendments from 15 to 27, you can refer to your Pocket Constitution or the INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION online. By the way, not all Amendments are created equal. Some suck. My personal least favorite is the 16th Amendment.

WORK FOR THIS WEEK:

14th Amendment Case Studies: We will be reviewing two landmark cases regarding the 14th Amendment, the first being Plessy v. Ferguson, the second being Mendez v. Westmnster School District. Review the cases in the links below and answer the questions, using complete sentences and proper grammar.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

I WILL BE SCHEDULING A VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. Watch for an email invitation for this!

WED

4/29

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, MAY 3RD AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Seventh and Eighth Amendment Notes on Khan Academy material. 25 points.
  • The Capital Punishment Investigation Sheet- 50 points.
  • "Kennedy v. Louisiana" Supreme Court Case Summary Response Sheet- 50 points.

VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING FOR TODAY: We covered some important parts of the 7th and 8th Amendments that were not well covered in the videos for this week by going over The 7th and 8th Amendment Slideshow. The information that was covered regarding Mitigating and Aggravating Circumstances and 1st, 2nd Degree Murder, and Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter will be on the upcoming Final, so make sure you review that information.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

MON

4/27

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, MAY 3RD AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Seventh and Eighth Amendment Notes on Khan Academy material. 25 points.
  • The Capital Punishment Investigation Sheet- 50 points.
  • "Kennedy v. Louisiana" Supreme Court Case Summary Response Sheet- 50 points.

SEVENTH, EIGHTH AND NINTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: Please review ALL of the following and TAKE NOTES Please send me an image of your notes, for the gradebook. These notes will be a 25 point assignment.

WORK FOR THIS WEEK: PLEASE OPEN THIS DOCUMENT AND MAKE A COPY OF IT IN YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE. THEN, SHARE IT WITH ME FOR SUBMISSION! The Capital Punishment Investigation Sheet. 50 point assignment. You will be using the "Death Penalty Fact Sheet" to complete this assignment.

THE FOLLOWING CASE STUDY REVIEWS EXTREMELY SENSITIVE MATERIAL REGARDING CHILD RAPE. IF THIS IS A SENSITIVE TOPIC FOR YOU, PLEASE WRITE TO MR. B. FOR AN ALTERNATE ASSIGNMENT.

CASE STUDY- APPLYING THE DEATH PENALTY: We will be looking at the idea of the death penalty in cases of child rape a little more closely.

This is possibly the most complicated case study that we have reviewed so far, and will require you to review the actual Supreme Court opinion in the case. Please READ CAREFULLY and look up any information that you do not know. If you need help, write to me!

Here are the necessary links-

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

I WILL BE SCHEDULING A VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. Watch for an email invitation for this!

WED

4/22

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 26th AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Fifth and Sixth Amendment Notes Pages, forwarded to Mr. B.- 25 points.
  • Right to Remain Silent- Miranda v. Arizona, Miranda and Teens Case Study Analysis.- 50 points.
  • GIDEON v. WAINWRIGHT EXTENDED CASE STUDY- 100 points.

VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING FOR TODAY: We have a shorter class period today, discussing some important issues regarding the end of the year and the final exam. We also covered some important parts of the 5th and 6th Amendments that were not well covered in the videos that I linked on Monday. Please review these! We essentially have two more weeks worth of work before the final, so we will be covering through the 10th Amendment and possibly the 14th Amendment before the end of the year.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

MON

4/20

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 26th AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Fifth and Sixth Amendment Notes Pages, forwarded to Mr. B.- 25 points.
  • Right to Remain Silent- Miranda v. Arizona, Miranda and Teens Case Study Analysis.- 50 points.
  • GIDEON v. WAINWRIGHT EXTENDED CASE STUDY- 100 points.

FIFTH AND SIXTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: Please review ALL of the following and TAKE NOTES Please send me an image of your notes, for the gradebook. These notes will be a 25 point assignment.

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Apply the Miranda v. Arizona case by completing the different interpretations of the Second Amendment by answering the questions in "Applying Miranda- Miranda and Teens." This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. There are only 4 questions, but there is some reading involved regarding the cases in question. This will be a 50 point assignment.

EXTENDED CASE STUDY THIS WEEK: Sixth Amendment Case Study- Gideon v. Wainwright. PLEASE OPEN THIS DOCUMENT AND MAKE A COPY OF IT IN YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE. THEN, SHARE IT WITH ME FOR SUBMISSION! Complete this case study by typing your answers on this sheet and sharing it back to me. It is too big for me to do this as a Google Form, sorry! This will be a 100 point assignment.

FOR THIS CASE STUDY (PLEASE NOTE- The movie that you will be watching, Gideon's Trumpet, contains exact courtroom testimony, as recorded in the courtroom by the court reporter):

  • PART ONE: Analysis of an important document.
  • PART TWO: Case Background Summary and movie review.
  • PART THREE: Review of movie BEFORE Supreme Court decision, Review of move AFTER Supreme Court decisions,
  • PART FOUR: Analysis of the Supreme Court Ruling in the case.
  • PART FIVE: Analysis of Political Cartoon. Review the cartoon and answer the questions. RESEARCH as needed to answer questions!
  • PART SIX: Reflection regarding the case and the "Rights of the Accused." This should be a critical thinking exercise with a well-thought out response!

Video Links for Gideon's Trumpet, also found in the case study. You do not need to watch all eleven parts of this movie, but you can if you wish.:

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

I WILL BE SCHEDULING A VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. Watch for an email invitation for this!

WED

4/15

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Third and Fourth Amendment Notes Pages, forwarded to Mr. B.- 25 points.
  • Search and Seizure- Mapp v. Ohio Thinking Sheet.- 50 points.
  • NOTES on the Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment Lecture, given by Mr. B. during the Virtual Class on Wednesday or the recorded version afterwards. Images due to Mr. B. by Sunday- 25 points.

VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING FOR TODAY: We have an extended class period today, almost one hour and 15 minutes in length. We cover some basics of the 4th Amendment, as well as a detailed review of the EXCEPTIONS TO THE EXCLUSIONARY RULE. Please be sure to review AND TAKE NOTES if you were not able to attend. THE NOTES FOR THIS LECTURE SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO ME FOR GRADING!

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

MON

4/13

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Third and Fourth Amendment Notes Pages, forwarded to Mr. B.- 25 points.
  • Search and Seizure- Mapp v. Ohio Thinking Sheet.- 50 points.
  • NOTES on the Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment Lecture, given by Mr. B. during the Virtual Class on Wednesday or the recorded version afterwards. Images due to Mr. B. by Sunday- 25 points.
   

THIRD AND FOURTH AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: Please review ALL of the following and TAKE NOTES (ESPECIALLY ON THE 3rd AMENDMENT AND KHAN ACADEMY LECTURE) Please send me an image of your notes, for the gradebook.

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the Mapp v. Ohio case by completing the different interpretations of the Second Amendment by answering the questions in The "MAPP V. OHIO" Thinking Sheet. This is a little more involved than the typical Bellringer and I would like evidence of thought and effort on these answers. This is taking place of a WRITING for this week, so give me something I can feel good about grading!

VIRTUAL CLASS LEARNING FOR THIS WEEK: I will be reviewing some very important information during our Virtual Class this week on Wednesday. YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE NOTES and forward them to Mr. B. for grading. We will be reviewing THE FOURTH AMENDMENT and EXCEPTIONS!

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Complete Mr. Burkhard's "I DARE YOU TO READ AND RESPOND TO THIS ARTICLE" CHALLENGE. This can be worth as much as 30 extra credit points, but I am NOT just giving away points on this one, you will have to work for it.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

I WILL BE SCHEDULING A VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. Watch for an email invitation for this!

WED

4/8

WHAT'S DUE? ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT MIDNIGHT. (All of this assignment information is posted under Monday's listing.)

  • SECOND AMENDMENT NOTES IMAGE, forwarded to Mr. B.- 25 points.
  • The "Two Views of the Second Amendment" Thinking Sheet- 25 points.
  • The "Right to Carry" Thinking Sheet- 25 points.
  • The "Kids and Guns" Thinking Sheet- 25 points.
  • The RED FLAG LAW Position Paper- 50 points.

VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING FOR TODAY: We discuss all of the little assignments that we have this week and reviewed the expectations regarding the "Red Flag" Paper. We also had some good discussions regarding some 2nd Amendment issues and we reviewed most of the questions on the Establishment Clause Case Study sheet. Please be sure to review if you were not able to attend.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

MON

4/6

WHAT'S DUE? (ALL MATERIALS DUE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT MIDNIGHT.)

  • SECOND AMENDMENT NOTES IMAGE, forwarded to Mr. B.- 25 points.
  • The "Two Views of the Second Amendment" Thinking Sheet- 25 points.
  • The "Right to Carry" Thinking Sheet- 25 points.
  • The "Kids and Guns" Thinking Sheet- 25 points.
  • The RED FLAG LAW Position Paper- 50 points.
   

FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY, I would recommend completing the following material:

SECOND AMENDMENT LEARNING MATERIALS: Please review ALL of the following and TAKE NOTES (ESPECIALLY ON THE KHAN ACADEMY LECTURE) Please send me an image of your notes, for the gradebook.

TWO VIEWS OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT:

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the different interpretations of the Second Amendment by answering the questions in The "Two Views of the Second Amendment" Thinking Sheet.

FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, I would recommend completing the following material:

THE CONTROVERSY REGARDING RIGHT TO CARRY: Please review the following videos regarding the Right to Carry in the United States.

    1. "If I only had a gun, Part 1," from ABC 20/20 Newsmagazine.
    2. "The Truth about Right to Carry," from the National Rifle Association.
    3. "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America." from MSNBC.
    4. "Extreme Open Carry in Texas" from ABC News.
    5. Law student confronts an officer regarding open carry. Youtube.com video.

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE VIDEOS: Reflect upon the topic by answering the questions in The "Right to Carry" Thinking Sheet.

FOR WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, I would recommend completing the following material:

KIDS AND GUNS: Please review the following Kids and guns from both sides of the issue:

    1. From 20/20 "Young Guns 2- When Kids Find Guns"
    2. "Young Guns 4- Teaching Kids to Shoot" and
    3. "Kids with Guns- A family defends their rights to bear arms."

WHEN YOU HAVE COMLETED THESE VIDEOS: Please respond to them by replying to the "Children and Guns" THINKING SHEET.

FOR THURSDAY, FRIDAY and the WEEKEND, I would recommend completing the following material:

SECOND AMENDMENT POSITION PAPER: For this assignment, you will be completing a 3-4 paragraph paper in which you research RED FLAG LAWS that are being passed in many states (including Colorado) and whether or not you think they are Constitutional. Here is what I am expecting from this paper:

  • FIRST PARAGRAPH- discusses what exactly a RED FLAG LAW is and how it relates to the SECOND AMENDMENT.
  • SECOND PARAGRAPH- discusses why the government has been passing such laws and how they work in practice.
  • THIRD/FOURTH PARAGRAPHS- Provide reasoning why, in your opinion, RED FLAG LAWS are or are not Constitutional. You should be discussing which ideal should maintain priority in 2020, the rights of the citizens under the Second Amendment or the rights of the people to be safe from mentally unstable people using guns.
  • BONUS CONTENT: The RED FLAG LAWS pertain to the Second Amendment, but also the FOURTH AMENDMENT, as well. I know that we have not yet covered the 4th Amendment, but if you include information regarding the 4th Amendment in your position paper, I will give you BONUS POINTS for this project!
  • PLEASE INCLUDE A SHORT SOURCES SECTION, where you give source material and links for your findings regarding RED FLAG LAWS.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Sent out by Mr. B. on Tuesday afternoon. Please review the material in the COVID19 ISSUES EXTRA CREDIT THINKING SHEET. Answer the questions with thorough detail and strong evidence of critical think and you will be rewarded with as many as 30 extra credit points.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

I WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL CLASS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. Watch for an email invitation for this!

TUE

3/31

WHAT'S DUE?

  • PASTA STRAINER POSITION PAPER, due on Friday, 4/3
  • ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDIES, due on Friday, 4/3
   

THE VIRTUAL CLASS: We had our online class today, but only about half of the class could attend. We discussed the rest of the Freedom of Religion portions of the First Amendment, as well as some information regarding the assignments for this week. If you were not in attendance, please review this material!

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE PURSUASIVE WRITING: This one should be easy after all of the work that you have done lately regarding FSM. Please complete the PASTA STRAINER POSITION PAPER. Due on Friday, 4/3 Here are my expectations for this assignments-

  • First, I would like 3 paragraphs or so. First paragraph- discusses the FREEDOM OF RELIGION as guaranteed by the First Amendment, including both the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause.
  • Second Paragraph- discusses why the government is compelled to allow religious headwear (hijabs, yamakas, etc.) to be worn when citizens are getting their photo taken for identification.
  • Third Paragraph- provide reasoning why, in your opinion, pasta strainers SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be allowed as religious headgear on ID photos. You can go either way, the choice is up to you. This essentially becomes a discussion of whether or not you feel that the FSM should be viewed as a religion or not.

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDY: I know that it seems like we are doing a TON of Case Study qustions lately, but I promise these are the last ones for a little while. Please complete the ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDIES. Due on Friday, 4/3.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

FRI

3/27

WHAT'S DUE?

  • Freedom of Religion Notes were due YESTERDAY
  • SPAGHETTI MONSTER CASE STUDY by MONDAY, MARCH 30th.
   

THE VIRTUAL CLASS: It was great to see everyone again! Here is a video of our online virtual class. If you were NOT in attendance (Edsel and Helen), you may want to review. If you just want to relive the good old yesterday, check it out.

THE COVID19 ARTICLE: I mentioned the John Stossel article in our virtual class this afternoon regarding the problems that the U.S. is having with COVID19. Here is the link: https://www.johnstossel.com/the-red-tape-pandemic/ I HIGHLY recommend that you read or watch the video regarding this information. It directly applies to our government and their handling of this current situation.

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDY: All students will be completing analysis of the CHURCH OF THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER Warm-up Case Studyand answering all of the questions included. This case study will involve some ONLINE RESEARCH. Do your best to answer the questions as best you can, given the knowledge that you have gathered from the sources above. Please make a copy of this document and SHARE it back with me on Google Drive when you have completed it. This will be due on MONDAY, MARCH 30th and will be a graded assignment worth 50 points.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

WED

3/25

WHAT'S DUE?

  • SGAP Survey and First Amendment and COVID19 Sheet, due today.
  • Freedom of Expression Case Studies, due today.
  • Freedom of Religion Notes by THURSDAY, 3/26 at 2:00 pm,
  • SPAGHETTI MONSTER CASE STUDY by MONDAY, MARCH 30th.
   

THE OPENER: First, we need to learn a little bit about FREEDOM OF RELIGION. To do that, spend a little bit of time reviewing the following resources from Youtube.com, all while TAKING NOTES:

LECTURE: Here is my slide show regarding The FIRST AMENDMENT- FREEDOM OF RELIGION. Please review it ahead of time and TAKE NOTES, so that we can discuss issues in our first virtual class on THURSDAY at 2:00 pm. BE READY!

SUBMITTING NOTES FOR GRADING: As we have done in the past, please send Mr. B. a PHOTO of the notes that you have taken regarding the three Youtube links and the Lecture Slides above. Send these to Mr. B. by the start of our virtual class on THURSDAY at 2:00 pm. This will be a 25 point graded assignment.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?: There are a few KEY POINTS from the information above that you must be familiar with- THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE and THE FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE, RELIGIOUS vs. SECULAR, FOUR TESTS- The Establishment Clause Test, The Endorsement Test, The Coercion Test and The Lemon Test.

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE CASE STUDY: All students will be completing analysis of the CHURCH OF THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER Warm-up Case Study and answering all of the questions included. This case study will involve some ONLINE RESEARCH. Do your best to answer the questions as best you can, given the knowledge that you have gathered from the sources above. Please make a copy of this document and SHARE it back with me on Google Drive when you have completed it. This will be due on MONDAY, MARCH 30th and will be a graded assignment worth 50 points.

STRUGGLING?: Let me know! I have been staying near my computer during school hours all week. If you email me, I will do my best to help!

MON

3/23

   

NOTE FROM MR. B.: Over the next couple of weeks, we will be conducting Civil Government business online. The good news is that, through the use of technology, we will still be able to hold some classes together, including lectures and discussions.

ASSIGNMENTS: We will have a number of Civil Government assignments over the next couple of weeks. Some assignments will require you to complete bellringer-type analysis of articles or online material, some will ask you to consider case studies regarding to our current unit. In some cases, you will be able to complete this online in a virtual class with Mr. B., or you will need to complete and submit your work on your own time. Do your very best to complete these assignments in any way and using any resources, that you can. I will accept almost any work, as long as you are trying to give a strong effort. If you do not complete any work, you will not receive a decent grade or possibly even credit for this class. We do not currently have any idea how the school year will end or how credits will be awarded. Do your best to earn your last Government credit as best you can.

LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES: I would like to be able to have a virtual class period, using Zoom, at least two or three times per week. Please watch for details of this in the near future on this page and by email. In the meantime, PLEASE GO TO ZOOM.US AND CREATE AN ACCOUNT, USING YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS. This will allow you to participate in online virtual classes later this week.

FOR THE START OF THIS WEEK: Here are a few things that I would like all students to complete by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH:

  1. Even though we cannot complete it in person, please review the SGAP survey information for the month of April and answer the questions. This will be our first ONLINE assignment, due and graded on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th. Please note that I am asking for 4-5 sentences defending your position. If you DO NOT give me 4-5 sentences, your grade will reflect this.
  2. PLEASE COMPLETE the FIRST AMENDMENT AND COVID19 THINKING SHEET. This is kind of like a regular bellringer. It is due on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th and will be given a grade in the gradebook.
  3. PLEASE COMPLETE the Freedom of Expression Case Studies by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th, when this project will be due and graded. This link is to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and SHARE WITH MR. B. to submit. MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE INTRODUCTION TO EACH QUESTION, AS THESE CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS UNIT AND WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE ON AN EXAM.

    We will be discussing this online in an upcoming VIRTUAL CLASSS. Students will be given a grade for the completion of these questions and for participating in our online discussion, so please know what you are talking about and be ready to discuss these issues.

THU

3/12

BELLRINGER: We consider "Freedom of Expression" by examining the case of "Confederate Flags at School" and completing the "Freedom of Expression- 'Confederate Flags at School' Thinking Sheet.

   

OUR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: PLEASE COMPLETE the Freedom of Expression Case Studies. This link is to a google doc. Please feel free to open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and SHARE WITH MR. B. to submit. MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE INTRODUCTION TO EACH QUESTION, AS THESE CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS UNIT AND WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE ON AN EXAM.

We will be discussing this in class. Students will be given a participation grade for this discussion, so come to class knowing what you are talking about and ready to discuss these issues.

TUE

3/10

BELLRINGER: Please get out your notebooks and get ready for an always popular learning opportunity: Freedom of Assembly, Petition and Association.

   

OUR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Please make sure that you have TAKEN NOTES on the last THREE SLIDES of The Freedom of Speech and Press Clause of the First Amendment.

PLEASE COMPLETE the Freedom of Expression Case Studies. This link is to a google doc. Please feel free to open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and SHARE WITH MR. B. to submit. MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE INTRODUCTION TO EACH QUESTION, AS THESE CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS UNIT AND WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE ON AN EXAM.

We will be discussing this in class. Students will be given a participation grade for this discussion, so come to class knowing what you are talking about and ready to discuss these issues.

MON

3/9

BELLRINGER: None for today, please complete your Freedom of Speech Case Studies.

   

OUR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due at the end of class TODAY.

UPCOMING ASSIGNMENT: Please make sure that you have TAKEN NOTES on the last THREE SLIDES of The Freedom of Speech and Press Clause of the First Amendment.

Then, complete the Freedom of Expression Case Studies. This link is to a google doc. Please feel free to open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and SHARE WITH MR. B. to submit. MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE INTRODUCTION TO EACH QUESTION, AS THESE CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS UNIT AND WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE ON AN EXAM.

We will be discussing this in class. Students will be given a participation grade for this discussion, so come to class knowing what you are talking about and ready to discuss these issues.

FRI

3/6

BELLRINGER: We complete and then review the TOWSON UNIVERSITY FREEDOM OF SPEECH CHALLENGE.

Then, we review the actual FREEDOM OF SPEECH CHALLENGE from TOWSON UNIVERSITY and a FREEDOM OF SPEECH ISSUE AT TOWSON.

We also review a quick FREE SPEECH LESSON from PBS.

Then, we complete a quick STUDENT RIGHTS QUIZ. This is worth 25 points, so do your best!

   

OUR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due at the end of class on MONDAY.

THU

3/5

BELLRINGER: We quickly discuss the happenings during and shortly after Super Tuesday.

We also have an SGAP for the month! Please review the articles, as usual and complete the survey. Please give a pertinent comment in the proper area. This will be a graded assignment.

   

FOR TODAY- DUE TODAY: "The Rights of the Student Project".

OUR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due at the end of class on Friday.

TUE

3/3

BELLRINGER: We talk about media bias and then review a story from CNN (traditionally a strongly LEFT leaning media vehicle) regarding Socialism and Bernie Sanders.

Then, we complete the short BERNIE'S SOCIALISM THINKING SHEET.

   

FOR TODAY- WORK DAY: "The Rights of the Student Project". Today, you will be using the oyez.org website and the resources available there for the completion of background information for the Rights of the Student project. You will be expected to create a VISUAL ILLUSTRATION PRODUCT that outlines the players and outcomes in each of the eight cases. This is due on Friday. We will have other classroom activities between now and then, so do not count on 4 full class periods to work on this assignment. DUE ON MARCH 5TH.

UPCOMING: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due next week sometime.

MON

3/2

BELLRINGER: We quickly review what is happening in the Democratic Presidential Campaign.

Then, we review and discuss a couple of "Freedom of Speech on Campus" videos:

Then, we complete the "Freedom of Speech on Campus" Thinking Sheet."

   

FOR TODAY- WORK DAY: "The Rights of the Student Project". Today, you will be using the oyez.org website and the resources available there for the completion of background information for the Rights of the Student project. You will be expected to create a VISUAL ILLUSTRATION PRODUCT that outlines the players and outcomes in each of the eight cases. This is due on Friday. We will have other classroom activities between now and then, so do not count on 4 full class periods to work on this assignment. DUE ON MARCH 5TH.

UPCOMING: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due next week sometime.

FRI

2/28

BELLRINGER: Can a school district ban bracelets? Complete the "I ♥ BOOBIES BRACELET BAN THINKING SHEET."

   

FOR TODAY- WORK DAY: "The Rights of the Student Project". Today, you will be using the oyez.org website and the resources available there for the completion of background information for the Rights of the Student project. You will be expected to create a VISUAL ILLUSTRATION PRODUCT that outlines the players and outcomes in each of the eight cases. This is due on Friday. We will have other classroom activities between now and then, so do not count on 4 full class periods to work on this assignment. DUE ON MARCH 5TH.

UPCOMING: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due next week sometime.

THU

2/27

BELLRINGER: In preparation for our upcoming "Rights of the Student" Project, we will complete "The Peer Review Thinking Sheet."

FOR TODAY:

FIRST HALF OF CLASS, LEARNING OPPORTUNITY : Mr. B. will conduct his amazing lecture regarding The Freedom of Speech and Press Clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

SECOND HALF OF CLASS- WORK DAY: "The Rights of the Student Project". Today, you will be using the oyez.org website and the resources available there for the completion of background information for the Rights of the Student project. You will be expected to create a VISUAL ILLUSTRATION PRODUCT that outlines the players and outcomes in each of the eight cases. This is due on Friday. We will have other classroom activities between now and then, so do not count on 4 full class periods to work on this assignment. DUE ON MARCH 5TH.

UPCOMING: Our first case study assignment/project: The Freedom of Speech Case Studies. This is a link to a google doc. Please open it and make a copy, then answer the questions and print to submit. You may work in small groups of 2, but each person must answer with their own UNIQUE answers. Identical answers will be given proportional credit. Due next week sometime.

TUE

2/25

BELLRINGER: How do YOU feel about Political Expression at school? Please complete the "Censoring Trump Clothing" Thinking Sheet.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR TODAY: Introduction to the Judicial Branch.

If you were not here on FRIDAY, please complete the The Supreme Court in the Constitution Sheet. Please answer these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading by the end of class TOMORROW. Use this LINK TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION as your reading.

UPCOMING PROJECT: Our first Rights Project- the "Rights of the Student" Project. DUE ON MARCH 5TH.

MON

2/24

BELLRINGER: Please log in to

https://www.wooclap.com/STUDENTRIGHTS

on your phone (you can also use a computer, if you need to.)

Give a username.

We will be reviewing some information regarding The "Rights of the Student".

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR TODAY: Introduction to the Judicial Branch.

If you were not here on FRIDAY, please complete the The Supreme Court in the Constitution Sheet. Please answer these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading by the end of class TOMORROW. Use this LINK TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION as your reading.

UPCOMING PROJECT: Our first Rights Project- the "Rights of the Student" Project. DUE ON MARCH 5TH.

 

FRI

2/21

BELLRINGER: Please begin work on The Supreme Court in the Constitution Sheet. This will be due on Monday.

 

WORK FOR TODAY and MONDAY: Complete the The Supreme Court in the Constitution Sheet. Please answer these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading by the end of class on FRIDAY. Use this LINK TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION as your reading.

IF WE HAVE TIME (we probably won't): Introduction to the Judicial Branch, with a discussion regarding the Rights of the Citizen.

THU

2/20

BELLRINGER: We turn into political pundits and decide who won and who lost the Nevada Democratic Debate from last night. Once we watch the first part of the debate, we will complete the NEVADA DEBATE WINNERS AND LOSERS DECISION SHEET.

FOR TODAY: Introduction to the Judicial Branch, with a discussion regarding the Rights of the Citizen.

WORK FOR TODAY and FRIDAY: Complete the The Supreme Court in the Constitution Sheet. Please answer these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading by the end of class on FRIDAY. Use this LINK TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION as your reading.

TUE

2/18

BELLRINGER: We discuss all of the major happenings in the United States as of today, including Democratic Debates, the Boy Scouts, the Death Penalty in Colorado and Michael Bloomberg (Stop and Frisk Clip at 1:00 minute and the Farmer's Grey Matter Clip.)

FOR TODAY: Introduction to the Judicial Branch.

WORK FOR TODAY and THURSDAY: Complete the The Supreme Court in the Constitution Sheet. Please answer these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading by the end of class on THURSDAY. Use this LINK TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION as your reading.

THU

2/13

BELLRINGER: First, we quickly review the two missing Cabinet Department videos from Edsel and from Helen.

Then, class has asked for a class period to study for our UNIT FOUR TEST. We can have this at the start of class today. TEST will start at the beginning of the second half of class or when people start talking and getting off task, whichever comes first.

FOR TODAY: UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH EXAM. Make sure that you turn in your completed study guides, if you wish to be considered for extra credit on the test.

Here is a list of the various Slideshows that we have had for this unit:

LECTURE TODAY: Introduction to the Judicial Branch.

WORK FOR TODAY and TOMORROW: Complete the Introduction to the Supreme Court Readings Sheet (this is a googledoc version). You can complete this by computer or by hand, but please turn in a sheet with your answers by the end of class on WEDNESDAY. Use this LINK TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION as your reading.

TUE

2/11

BELLRINGER: Let's discuss some pertinent issues of the day. Please complete the SCHOOL SHOOTING DRILLS THINKING SHEET and the CONGRESSWOMAN'S TWEET THINKING SHEET.

FOR TODAY: We continue presentations for the Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project. We still need to hear from Edsel, Helen, Blake and Alyssa. I do not yet have video clips from Edsel or from Helen!

THINGS TO RECORD IN YOUR NOTEBOOK:

  • Main job of Department,
  • 1-2 Agencies within department,
  • What does the SEAL of the Department look like?

TEST COMING NEXT CLASS PERIOD! UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH STUDY GUIDE. Hard copies are available.

Here is a list of the various Slideshows that we have had for this unit:

MON

2/10

BELLRINGER: We review some Highlights of the Democratic Debate from last Friday. As a class, we pick TWO of the following topics to review:

FOR TODAY:

If we have time, we continue presentations for the Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project.

THINGS TO RECORD IN YOUR NOTEBOOK:

  • Main job of Department,
  • 1-2 Agencies within department,
  • What does the SEAL of the Department look like?

TEST COMING THURSDAY! UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH STUDY GUIDE. Hard copies are available.

DUE LAST FRIDAY.We have another assignment to complete a game on the icivics.org website. Here is a sheet with your login information. Log in to icivics.org with your USERNAME and password. Once you log in, click on your CLASSES button. Please note that you have an assignment in the game called EXECUTIVE COMMAND. There are instructions or you can just start playing and figure things out as you go. You will need to complete a game by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th for a 50 point participation score in the gradebook. If you beat Mr. B.'s score on this game, you will receive a 10 percent extra credit bonus on your upcoming test. Please send me a .pdf of your WIN CERTIFICATE (from the game's PRINT option) as proof of your score!

FRI

2/6

BELLRINGER: We debrief after Mr. Yaussi's visit to class yesterday to discuss our Highland Bill to Law Bills.

FOR TODAY:

If we have time, we continue presentations for the Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project.

THINGS TO RECORD IN YOUR NOTEBOOK:

  • Main job of Department,
  • 1-2 Agencies within department,
  • What does the SEAL of the Department look like?

TEST COMING NEXT WEEK! UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH STUDY GUIDE. Hard copies are available.

DUE TODAY. I have not yet received these results from BRI, KYLE, EDSEL and ALYSSA- We have another assignment to complete a game on the icivics.org website. Here is a sheet with your login information. Log in to icivics.org with your USERNAME and password. Once you log in, click on your CLASSES button. Please note that you have an assignment in the game called EXECUTIVE COMMAND. There are instructions or you can just start playing and figure things out as you go. You will need to complete a game by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th for a 50 point participation score in the gradebook. If you beat Mr. B.'s score on this game, you will receive a 10 percent extra credit bonus on your upcoming test. Please send me a .pdf of your WIN CERTIFICATE (from the game's PRINT option) as proof of your score!

THU

2/6

BELLRINGER: Mr. Yaussi comes at the start of class to discuss our Highland Bill to Law Bills.

We also spend some time reviewing the highlights of the State of the Union Speech and then complete the FACT CHECKING THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH THINKING SHEET.

FOR TODAY:

If we have time, we continue presentations for the Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project.

THINGS TO RECORD IN YOUR NOTEBOOK:

  • Main job of Department,
  • 1-2 Agencies within department,
  • What does the SEAL of the Department look like?

TEST COMING NEXT WEEK! UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH STUDY GUIDE. Hard copies are available.

DUE TOMORROW! TIME FOR SOME FUN IN CLASS AGAIN! We have another assignment to complete a game on the icivics.org website to play a couple of games this semester. Here is a sheet with your login information. Log in to icivics.org with your USERNAME and password. Once you log in, click on your CLASSES button. Please note that you have an assignment in the game called EXECUTIVE COMMAND. There are instructions or you can just start playing and figure things out as you go. You will need to complete a game by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th for a 50 point participation score in the gradebook. If you beat Mr. B.'s score on this game, you will receive a 10 percent extra credit bonus on your upcoming test. Please send me a .pdf of your WIN CERTIFICATE (from the game's PRINT option) as proof of your score!

TUE

2/4

BELLRINGER: We spend some time discussing the Iowa Caucuses last night. We also review the assignments that are due from last week from those that were out.

We also review an extra credit opportunity for this evening- Watch the State of the Union Speech tonight and, using a Google Document, write 10 Twitter-sized comments on the debate as you watch. Share this document with Mr. B. for up to 20 points of extra credit.!

WORK DAY: DUE NOW- Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project. We continue discussing these in class today.

THINGS TO RECORD IN YOUR NOTEBOOK:

  • Main job of Department,
  • 1-2 Agencies within department,
  • What does the SEAL of the Department look like?

Thursday, we will be meeting with Mr. Yaussi and reviewing the President’s State of the Union Speech.  We will try to finish Department Speeches on Friday. TEST COMING NEXT WEEK!

UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH STUDY GUIDE. Test will be next week.

TIME FOR SOME FUN IN CLASS AGAIN! We have another assignment to complete a game on the icivics.org website to play a couple of games this semester. Here is a sheet with your login information. Log in to icivics.org with your USERNAME and password. Once you log in, click on your CLASSES button. Please note that you have an assignment in the game called EXECUTIVE COMMAND. There are instructions or you can just start playing and figure things out as you go. You will need to complete a game by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th for a 50 point participation score in the gradebook. If you beat Mr. B.'s score on this game, you will receive a 10 percent extra credit bonus on your upcoming test. Please send me a .pdf of your WIN CERTIFICATE (from the game's PRINT option) as proof of your score!

MON

2/3

BELLRINGER: Quick update on the Impeachment Trial.

We discuss all of the events that are going on today and tomorrow.  We review the written speeches that were due on Friday. I did not receive these from 6 students.  Videos are due NOW.

WORK DAY: DUE NOW- Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project. I would like to be able to start discussing these in class today.

THINGS TO RECORD IN YOUR NOTEBOOK:

  • Main job of Department,
  • 1-2 Agencies within department,
  • What does the SEAL of the Department look like?

TOMORROW, we will likely be reviewing IOWA caucus information and review a few more speeches.  Thursday, we will be meeting with Mr. Yaussi and reviewing the President’s State of the Union Speech.  We will try to finish Department Speeches on Friday. TEST COMING NEXT WEEK!

UNIT FOUR- EXECUTIVE BRANCH STUDY GUIDE. Test will be next week.

TIME FOR SOME FUN IN CLASS AGAIN! We have another assignment to complete a game on the icivics.org website to play a couple of games this semester. Here is a sheet with your login information. Log in to icivics.org with your USERNAME and password. Once you log in, click on your CLASSES button. Please note that you have an assignment in the game called EXECUTIVE COMMAND. There are instructions or you can just start playing and figure things out as you go. You will need to complete a game by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th for a 50 point participation score in the gradebook. If you beat Mr. B.'s score on this game, you will receive a 10 percent extra credit bonus on your upcoming test. Please send me a .pdf of your WIN CERTIFICATE (from the game's PRINT option) as proof of your score!

FRI

1/31

BELLRINGER: Quick update on the Impeachment Trial.

Complete the CABINET SECRETARY IN COLORADO QUESTION at the start of class today.

If you were not here on THURSDAY, please note that we had a few deliverables completed in class:

  • Grab your phone to access Youtube.com and complete the questions in the IMPEACHMENT ARGUMENTS THINKING SHEET.
  • We also completed the SGAP STUDENT BULLETIN for the month of February. Please fill this out, as usual, complete with your comments and give to Mr. B.
  • We have a new iCivics.org game to complete by next Friday. Beat Mr. B.'s score and receive extra credit on the upcoming exam. Details below.

No major bellringers today. Please complete your DEPARTMENT SECRETARY SPEECH. Speech is due today. Video of speech is due on MONDAY.

WORK DAY: OUR UPCOMING BIG PROJECT: Cabinet Secretary Press Conference Video Research Project. I have already assigned all of the different departments and the students that will be researching. There is a list of information you must cover in your video speech regarding your department on the assignment sheet. Make sure that you tackle EACH of these points as you write your speech! This assignment needs to be completed and submitted by THURSDAY at the END of class, as presentations will begin at that time. Print or share of your SPEECH is due in class tomorrow. Video recording of speech is due on MONDAY.

TIME FOR SOME FUN IN CLASS AGAIN! We have another assignment to complete a game on the icivics.org website to play a couple of games this semester. Here is a sheet with your login information. Log in to icivics.org with your USERNAME and password. Once you log in, click on your CLASSES button. Please note that you have an assignment in the game called EXECUTIVE COMMAND. There are instructions or you can just start playing and figure things out as you go. You will need to complete a game by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th for a 50 point participation score in the gradebook. If you beat Mr. B.'s score on this game, you will receive a 10 percent extra credit bonus on your upcoming test. Please send me a .pdf of your WIN CERTIFICATE (from the game's PRINT option) as proof of your score!