CIVIL GOVERNMENT- NOVEMBER, 2019
DATE

ESSENTIAL FILES: INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION, SIMPLE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION.

Activities and Assignments:

THU

12/12

Help a program out! Please complete the Hidden Talents Sheet. Thanks!

TUE

12/10

BELLRINGER: As we look ahead to the "Highland Bill to Law" Project, please complete "The Issue That I am Fixing at Highland" Thinking Sheet.

WORK DAY:

  1. As today is actually a historic day in the history of American politics, we have to spend some time considering the IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP ANALYSIS SHEET.
  2. We begin work on the "Highland Bill to Law" Simulation. Please make a copy of the BILL TO LAW TEMPLATE on your GOOGLE DRIVE and begin writing your bill. You should be completing research today, as well. Develop your survey, look up those numbers, interview an administrator, etc.

FRI

12/6

BELLRINGER: As a look forward to our Highland Bill to Law Project, please analyze MR. BURKHARD'S HIGHLAND BILL.

WORK DAY: WE FORMALLY REVIEW A BILL- Please FINISH the HUMAN CLONING BILL ASSIGNMENT. Make sure to SHARE this Google Doc with Mr. B. before the end of the day.

WE PREVIEW the upcoming "Bill to Law" Simulation.

THU

12/5

BELLRINGER: We have a class meeting and discuss high school. What is the purpose of high school? What makes a good high school? Then, we think about Highland High School and our experiences here and complete the "Some Issues at Highland" Thinking Sheet. Please make sure that you are discussing meaningful issues that will actually improve the Highland experience as you complete this!

WORK DAY: WE FORMALLY REVIEW A BILL- Please complete the HUMAN CLONING BILL ASSIGNMENT. Due by the end of the day on FRIDAY.

WE PREVIEW the upcoming "Bill to Law" Simulation.

TUE

12/3

BELLRINGER: Please complete the "Federally Restricted Building Act" Thinking Sheet.

WORK DAY: Please spend time today putting together the Bill to Law Vocabulary and Flow Chart Assignment. You will be using any available ONLINE RESOURCES to complete this form. PLEASE RECORD THESE VOCABULARY WORDS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK! I will grade these in class TODAY, so please EMAIL ME A PHOTO OF YOUR NOTES and YOUR FLOWCHART. If you DO NOT have a cell phone, please show me in person before the end of class today.

There are a couple of good online BILL TO LAW charts, such as this one or this one that might help you. If you prefer a written version, with necessary details of each step, try this one. If you would like to watch a video that covers the process, you can check this link from Khan Academy (linked through youtube.com, so you will have to watch this on your phone or at home). Any other resources that cover the material are appropriate. You will be responsible for ALL definitions AND the Bill to Law chart for future examinations.

WE FORMALLY REVIEW A BILL: Please complete the HUMAN CLONING BILL ASSIGNMENT. Due by the end of the day on FRIDAY.

IF WE HAVE TIME: We preview the upcoming "Bill to Law" Simulation.

MON

12/2

BELLRINGER: Let's analyze another political cartoon. Please complete the "Pig on the Table" Thinking Sheet.

We also have an SGAP Survey that has just come in. Please review, as usual and complete the VOTE section of the pamphlet. Turn this in for a 25 point credit. Please note that these two topics will be the subject of a writing assignment in the near future, so PAY ATTENTION!

WORK DAY: Please spend time today putting together the Bill to Law Vocabulary and Flow Chart Assignment. You will be using any available ONLINE RESOURCES to complete this form. PLEASE RECORD THESE VOCABULARY WORDS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK! I will grade these in class. There are a couple of good online BILL TO LAW charts, such as this one or this one that might help you. If you prefer a written version, with necessary details of each step, try this one. If you would like to watch a video that covers the process, you can check this link from Khan Academy (linked through youtube.com, so you will have to watch this on your phone or at home). Any other resources that cover the material are appropriate. You will be responsible for ALL definitions AND the Bill to Law chart for future examinations.

IF WE HAVE TIME: We preview the upcoming "Bill to Law" Simulation.

FRI

11/22

BELLRINGER: Please consider and complete the "Help America Run Act" Thinking Sheet. (10 minutes)

WORK DAY: Please spend time today putting together the Bill to Law Vocabulary and Flow Chart Assignment. You will be using any available ONLINE RESOURCES to complete this form. PLEASE RECORD THESE VOCABULARY WORDS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK! I will grade these in class. There are a couple of good online BILL TO LAW charts, such as this one or this one that might help you. If you prefer a written version, with necessary details of each step, try this one. If you would like to watch a video that covers the process, you can check this link from Khan Academy (linked through youtube.com, so you will have to watch this on your phone or at home). Any other resources that cover the material are appropriate. You will be responsible for ALL definitions AND the Bill to Law chart for future examinations.

THU

11/21

BELLRINGER: First, we review some Bill to Law- The Basics information. Then, as an example of what can happen to a bill in committee and on the floor, we complete The "Analysis of a Bill" Assignment.

WORK DAY:

  1. LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Bill to Law- The Basics
  2. Complete and submit the Congressional Powers Questionnaire, in which you will use Section 8 of Article 1 to cite justifications for a number of Congressional actions (real and imagined.) This is due TODAY.
  3. I have decided to make the "Elastic Clause Political Cartoon Project" an extra credit assignment. The good news about this is that you can better your grade with a solid effort. The bad news is that I am increasing my expectations of this project. To gain extra credit, you must come up with a CLEVER and APPLICABLE commentary on the ELASTIC CLAUSE. Well done cartoons and memes will be eligible for as many as 25 extra credit points. Best Submitted Cartoon Award will still be in effect. This will be due TODAY, if you wish to receive any extra credit.
  4. Bill to Law Vocabulary and Flow Chart Assignment. You will be using any available ONLINE RESOURCES to complete this form. PLEASE RECORD THESE VOCABULARY WORDS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK! I will grade these in class. There are a couple of good online BILL TO LAW charts, such as this one or this one that might help you. If you prefer a written version, with necessary details of each step, try this one. If you would like to watch a video that covers the process, you can check this link from Khan Academy (linked through youtube.com, so you will have to watch this on your phone or at home). Any other resources that cover the material are appropriate. You will be responsible for ALL definitions AND the Bill to Law chart for future examinations.

TUE

11/19

BELLRINGER: We are approaching the time of the year when we start learning about the Bill to Law Process in Civil Government. This being the case, we could start out the day with a touch of old school:How a Bill Becomes a Law. Of course, if you want to know how things really happen, we would watch How a Bill REALLY Becomes a Law. We do not want to watch the Simpson's version of How an Amendment Becomes a Law, that would not be academically appropriate.

WORK DAY:

  1. Complete and submit the Congressional Powers Questionnaire, in which you will use Section 8 of Article 1 to cite justifications for a number of Congressional actions (real and imagined.) This is due BLOCK PERIOD this week.
  2. I have decided to make the "Elastic Clause Political Cartoon Project" an extra credit assignment. The good news about this is that you can better your grade with a solid effort. The bad news is that I am increasing my expectations of this project. To gain extra credit, you must come up with a CLEVER and APPLICABLE commentary on the ELASTIC CLAUSE. Well done cartoons and memes will be eligible for as many as 25 extra credit points. Best Submitted Cartoon Award will still be in effect. This will be due this coming BLOCK PERIOD.
  3. LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Bill to Law- The Basics
  4. Bill to Law Vocabulary and Flow Chart Assignment. You will be using any available ONLINE RESOURCES to complete this form. PLEASE RECORD THESE VOCABULARY WORDS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK! I will grade these in class. There are a couple of good online charts, such as this one or this one that might help you. If you prefer a written version, with necessary details of each step, try this one. If you would like to watch a video that covers the process, you can check this link from Khan Academy (linked through youtube.com, so you will have to watch this on your phone or at home). Any other resources that cover the material are appropriate. You will be responsible for ALL definitions AND the Bill to Law chart for future examinations.
MON

11/18

BELLRINGER: Now for something completely different. Please complete the "OUR NEXT PRESIDENT, YOU!" THINKING SHEET.

WORK DAY:

  1. It is time to actually read and use our Constitution. You may use the The Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center or your POCKET CONSTITUTION or your CONSTITUTION APP on your phone (you did install that the other, didn't you?) to answer the questions on this form- Outlining the Constitution- The Legislative Branch. You will need to use online resources to answer some of the vocabulary questions. Answer all of these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading at the end of class on TODAY.
  2. Complete and submit the Congressional Powers Questionnaire, in which you will use Section 8 of Article 1 to cite justifications for a number of Congressional actions (real and imagined.) This is due BLOCK PERIOD this week.
  3. I have decided to make the "Elastic Clause Political Cartoon Project" an extra credit assignment. The good news about this is that you can better your grade with a solid effort. The bad news is that I am increasing my expectations of this project. To gain extra credit, you must come up with a CLEVER and APPLICABLE commentary on the ELASTIC CLAUSE. Well done cartoons and memes will be eligible for as many as 25 extra credit points. Best Submitted Cartoon Award will still be in effect. This will be due this coming BLOCK PERIOD.
FRI

11/14

BELLRINGER: Complete the "Celebrating the Holidays on Campus" Thinking Sheet.

WORK DAY: It is time to actually read and use our Constitution. You may use the The Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center or your POCKET CONSTITUTION or your CONSTITUTION APP on your phone (you did install that the other, didn't you?) to answer the questions on this form- Outlining the Constitution- The Legislative Branch. You will need to use online resources to answer some of the vocabulary questions. Answer all of these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading at the end of class on Monday.

Please complete the "Elastic Clause Political Cartoon Project." This will be due next BLOCK PERIOD.

THU

11/13

BELLRINGER: Complete the "2nd Amendment Political Cartoon" Thinking Sheet.

SHORT LEARNING FOR TODAY: Interpreting Political Cartoons. In the middle of this, we will take a little break to read an article and answer a few questions-

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE MEME ARTICLE.

Here is a link to the Political Cartoons/Memes Article Analysis. Please complete this after reading the meme article.

We will be reviewing the "Elastic Clause" in class over the next few days. As a change of pace, complete the "Elastic Clause Political Cartoon Project." This will be due next BLOCK PERIOD.

WORK DAY: It is time to actually read and use our Constitution. You may use the The Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center or your POCKET CONSTITUTION or your CONSTITUTION APP on your phone (you did install that yesterday, didn't you?) to answer the questions on this form- Outlining the Constitution- The Legislative Branch. You will need to use online resources to answer some of the vocabulary questions. Answer all of these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading at the end of class on Monday.

If you have not yet turned in your "How Effective is your Congressman?", that is due before the end of class TODAY.

SOME POSSIBLY HELPFUL LINKS:

  1. Membership of the 116th Congress from the Congressional Research Service.
  2. Website of the House of Represenatives.
  3. Website of the United States Senate
  4. Ballotpedia.org: Good general source for information
  5. Opensecrets.org- Members of Congress: Good source of financial information.
TUE

11/12

BELLRINGER: Please get out your cellular device. Head to your APP STORE and search for "NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER." They have an app available on both Apple and Android phones called the INTERACTIVE CONSTITUTION. Install this app, we will be using it in class. If you keep this app on your phone, it will be worth EXTRA CREDIT points at some time in the future.

LEARNING FOR TODAY: ORGANIZING CONGRESS.

WORK DAY: It is time to actually read and use our Constitution. You may use the The Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center or your POCKET CONSTITUTION or your CONSTITUTION APP on your phone (you did just install that, didn't you?) to answer the questions on this form- Outlining the Constitution- The Legislative Branch. You will need to use online resources to answer some of the vocabulary questions. Answer all of these questions in your NOTEBOOK for grading at the end of class on Monday.

If you have not yet turned in your "How Effective is your Congressman?", that is due before the end of class on Thursday.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT: "How Effective is your Congressman?"- Please note that these are both RESEARCH assignments. You will need to use all of your research skills on the various listed websites (below) and online resources to puzzle out the answers to the questions involved.

Assignments for the "How Effective is your Congressman?" Project:
Congressman Students
Diana DeGette Sidney, Kyle, Alyssa
Jason Crow Bryce, Jaymon
Scott Tipton Maiya, Riley
Ken Buck Blake, Helen
Doug Lamborn Hector, Alex
Joe Neguse Bri, Edsel, Brittney
Ed Perlmutter Logan, Caleb

SOME POSSIBLY HELPFUL LINKS:

  1. Membership of the 116th Congress from the Congressional Research Service.
  2. Website of the House of Represenatives.
  3. Website of the United States Senate
  4. Ballotpedia.org: Good general source for information
  5. Opensecrets.org- Members of Congress: Good source of financial information.

MON

11/11

BELLRINGER: Complete The "What about Ken Buck?" Thinking Sheet.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS: 116th Congressional Research Form, started the other day, due before the end of class today. We also have "How Effective is your Congressman?"- Please note that these are both RESEARCH assignments. You will need to use all of your research skills on the various listed websites (below) and online resources to puzzle out the answers to the questions involved.

Assignments for the "How Effective is your Congressman?" Project:
Congressman Students
Diana DeGette Sidney, Kyle, Alyssa
Jason Crow Bryce, Jaymon
Scott Tipton Maiya, Riley
Ken Buck Blake, Helen
Doug Lamborn Hector, Alex
Joe Neguse Bri, Edsel, Brittney
Ed Perlmutter Logan, Caleb

SOME POSSIBLY HELPFUL LINKS:

  1. Membership of the 116th Congress from the Congressional Research Service.
  2. Website of the House of Represenatives.
  3. Website of the United States Senate
  4. Ballotpedia.org: Good general source for information
  5. Opensecrets.org- Members of Congress: Good source of financial information.

FRI

11/8

BELLRINGER: It is that time of the month, again. We complete the SGAP Student Bulletin for November. 25 point assignment for completion.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS: 116th Congressional Research Form, started the other day, due MONDAY. We also have "How Effective is your Congressman?"- Please note that these are both RESEARCH assignments. You will need to use all of your research skills on the various listed websites (below) and online resources to puzzle out the answers to the questions involved.

Assignments for the "How Effective is your Congressman?" Project:
Congressman Students
Diana DeGette Sidney, Kyle, Alyssa
Jason Crow Bryce, Jaymon
Scott Tipton Maiya, Riley
Ken Buck Blake, Helen
Doug Lamborn Hector, Alex
Joe Neguse Bri, Edsel, Brittney
Ed Perlmutter Logan, Caleb

SOME POSSIBLY HELPFUL LINKS:

  1. Membership of the 116th Congress from the Congressional Research Service.
  2. Website of the House of Represenatives.
  3. Website of the United States Senate
  4. Votesmart.org
  5. Opensecrets.org- Members of Congress

THU

11/7

BELLRINGER: How INFLUENTIAL are you? As a light-hearted activity (completely tongue in cheek!) to determine the amount of influence that students have at HHS, please complete the HHS INFLUENCER EXERCISE. This is a preview of the activity that we will be completing coming up regarding the influence of your Congressmen.

THEN- We discuss our activities for today. We have two choices. Mr. B. would like to watch a documentary regarding the disintegration of cities in America. as he found it to be informative and thought provoking. This will last about 1 hour and there will be either discussion and/or completing the AMERICA LEFT BEHIND THINKING SHEET.

Alternately, we could work on our two Research projects or have a lecture. What do we decide to do?

We do have an SGAP Student Bulletin to cover, if necessary.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS: 116th Congressional Research Form and "How Effective is your Congressman?"- Please note that these are both RESEARCH assignments. You will need to use all of your research skills on the various listed websites and online resources to puzzle out the answers to the questions involved.

Assignments for the "How Effective is your Congressman?" Project:
Congressman Students
Diana DeGette Sidney, Kyle, Alyssa
Jason Crow Bryce, Jaymon
Scott Tipton Maiya, Riley
Ken Buck Blake, Helen
Doug Lamborn Hector, Alex
Joe Neguse Bri, Edsel, Brittney
Ed Perlmutter Logan, Caleb

SOME POSSIBLY HELPFUL LINKS:

  1. Membership of the 116th Congress from the Congressional Research Service.
  2. Website of the House of Represenatives.
  3. Website of the United States Senate
  4. Votesmart.org
  5. Opensecrets.org- Members of Congress

TUE

11/5

BELLRINGER: Complete the "116th Congress" Thinking Sheet.

MON

11/4

Civil Government Unit TWO Test: Political Parties, Voting and Financing Government.

Please put your school email as your first question answer. This will identify your test, there is no name question on this exam. You will receive your results by email when you are done with your test.

Please make sure to review your answers and do not submit until you are sure you are done. You have only 46 minutes for this test and there are 55 questions, so move quickly!

MAYBE EVERYONE FINISHES WAY EARLY? LECTURE TODAY: Congress- The Bare Essentials.

FRI

11/1

BELLRINGER: As a preview of the information that we will be covering for our upcoming TEST, please take out your PHONES and head over to WOOCLAP.COM/HHSGOV3.

We will be having a little competition to see who knows their Civil Government "Stuff." If you wish to be eligible for the prize for this competition, please enter your actual name as your username. We will start questions in a few minutes. This is a TIMED competition.

You may use your NOTES or your STUDY GUIDE, but you will only have one minute for each question.

WINNING COMPETITOR will receive 15 extra credit points for themself and 15 extra credit points for a classmate of their choice (submitted secretly by email). PLEASE DO NOT SHARE ANSWERS or the prize will disappear!

THU

10/31

BELLRINGER: As a preview of the information that we will be covering today, please complete The "2012/2016 Electoral Colleges" Thinking Sheet. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER HOW THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WORKS!

TUE

10/29

BELLRINGER: We have a test coming up. Yikes. Are you ready? Please complete the "Unit Two Test Survey."

MON

10/28

BELLRINGER: We complete The "Money, Elections and Influence Assignment."

FRI

10/25

BELLRINGER: We have a number of Bellringers/Activities for today. At the start of class today, we complete the We complete and discuss the "Georgia Runs Out of Food Stamps" Thinking Sheet. Then, we work on the "Teenage Voting" Thinking Sheet.

THU

10/24

BELLRINGER: Take out your notes regarding our recent CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS and complete the CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES STUDENT VOTING FORM. Please make sure to comment on each issue when prompted, as well. This will be the graded quiz assignment for the Controversial Issues Project.

LECTURE TODAY: Elections and Money. We will also be completing The "Money, Elections and Influence Assignment."

NOTE TO STUDENTS THAT WERE OUT OF CLASS LAST THURSDAY: We completed a day assignment in class. This is a graded work and it has been a complete WEEK since this was due. Please complete this ASAP and get it to Mr. B. He has hard copies!

TUE

10/22

BELLRINGER: Please log in to your computers and open up this form: Organizing to Influence Day Project. You will need to fill in the information in this form as we proceed through the class period.

FOR TODAY: "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!)

NOTE TO STUDENTS THAT WERE OUT OF CLASS LAST THURSDAY: We completed a day assignment in class. This is a graded work. Please complete this ASAP and get it to Mr. B. He has hard copies!