Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Community Service Projects

So far I have been really impressed with the Community Service Projects.  It's nice to see you all learning something important while making a difference.

Just a reminder that if you have not done the presentation, tomorrow is the day.  And, bring in your logs that document your hours (if you have not turned it in yet).

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 16th

For Monday:
1.  Page 386 in the textbook, read the scenario and then respond to the prompts letter A-F
2.  Define the following words:  law, judicial review, unconstitutional, impartial
3.  Page 389 Questions 1 and 4 only.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 15 th

Executive Branch Quiz


President's salary, and benefitss.
The maximum years in office is 10.
Term is 4 years
22nd Amendment limits the terms, passed in 1951
2 Presidents have been impeached, neither has been convicted.

What is the address of the White House?

Who is the current Vice President?

A few other questions will come your way

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Quiz postponed until Friday

The quiz on the Executive Branch has been postponed until Friday.  Please begin studying the roles of the President sheet in preparation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 13

With students well rested from the snow day yesterday, we ventured to the library today to work on our community service project presentations.

Presentations will take place next week, students should have already signed up for which day they are presenting.

Wednesday we will finish the movie The Butler and discuss some more about the Executive Branch.

We will have a quiz on Thursday on the Executive Branch.  To prepare, students can review their notes on the 7 Roles of the President.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 8th

Tic-Tac-Toe Projects due Friday 12/9

Today in history is a sad day.    On this day 1980, John Lennon was murdered by Mark Chapman outside his Manhattan home.

"If you want peace, you won't get it with violence".  John Lennon

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Test Monday December 5

Good Morning All!
I hope that you had a nice weekend and are hunkering down to study for your test on Monday.  Here are some pointers:

  1. Review your vocabulary and any and all homework that I passed back.  Words like:  constituent, pocket veto, filibuster...etc.
  2. Review the powers of Congress (slide show link on the blog, right hand side), chart in your notes.  When in doubt, chances are the power listed is a Delegated Power... because there are so many of them!
  3. Know how to diagram out how a bill becomes a law.
  4. How is representation in Congress determined? (2 Senators per state, Reps based on population)  How long are the terms for each and what are the requirements?  Make sure you understand the classes in the Senate... no two Senate seats from a state are ever up in the same election.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1

Nothing to turn in tomorrow., but Check PowerSchool, if you owe anything, it is due by Monday
Test Monday 12/5
Persuasive Paper due Wednesday. 12/7

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 30th

Homework:  Due Thursday,Read page Page 172-181 and answer questions #1-5

Longer Term Assignments:
Legislative Test on Monday, December 5
Persuasive Essay due Wednesday, December 7
Community Service Presentations:  December 20-22

Today in History:  50 years ago, on this day in 1965, Ralph Nadar (consumer advocate) published a best seller entitled Unsafe at Any Speed about the dangers of cars and the way that they were manufactured.  His book is said to have changed the auto industry and prompted the passage of the National Traffic and Safety Act and the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and seat belt laws in all 49 states, except New Hampshire!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Something in the News

Many of you did NOT turn in your Something in the News.  If that is you, there is a 0 in PowerSchool.

Please bring them in for Monday so that we can have some good discussion about what is happening in our country, and let's not go into Thanksgiving Break with a 0 in PowerSchool.

Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18th

It's almost Thanksgiving break... but you have a small homework assignment this weekend, due Monday:  Read pages 72-79 and do questions:  #1, 4, 5, and 6, it's on the three branches of government.  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, November 17


Tomorrow QUIZ: on  Structure of the Constitution and the 7 Principles.  You need to know the goals of the Preamble as well!!!

Flip books and Essays are due by the end of class Friday!

Something in the News.... dealing with one of the Principles of the Constitution due Friday as well.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7 Principles of the Constitution

At the end of this slide show are slides that describe the 7 Principles to the Constitution.

And, a video

HW:  Work on your 7 Principles Flip book.  Due Friday.  Quiz Friday on the Structure and Principles of the Constitution.

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14th

In case you did not know, this happened today in history:

On Nov. 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale" was published in the United States, almost a month after being released in Britain.

Tonight's Homework:  Think of ideas for your Principle of the Constitution Small group assignment.  Each group will present tomorrow.

In the near future: Quiz on the Structure and Principles of the Constitution Friday 11/18.

Community Service Projects presentations will be December 19-21st

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November 9th.

Over the long weekend, a few reminders:

1.  Thank a Veteran on Friday, they risk their lives to preserve our freedoms!

3. Walk Through the Constitution Packet (handed out Tuesday) is due Monday at the beginning of class

4.  Textbook work, 68-71 Questions 1-4 due Monday (at the beginning of class).

Friday, November 4, 2016

Election Day is November 8!

Take the Student Election Survey (to the right) and be prepared to discuss the Electoral College in class Monday!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Friday, October 21

1.  Something in the News due Monday, 10/24.  Must have to do with one of the ideas or themes from the Declaration of Independence.

2.  Declaration of Independence Excerpt Sheet and 1/2 Page Reflection answering the question:  How are the ideas in  the Declaration of Independence relevant to today?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20th

For tomorrow, Friday, 10/21:
1.  Get to Excerpt #4 on the Declaration of Independence chart
2.  Answer the two questions on the back and think about it this way....

Is it just a document to take pictures of or does it still mean something in the 21st Century?

3.  Work on Something in the News that can be connected to a the ideals of the Declaration of Independence (this is due MONDAY 10/24)

Thomas Paine portrayed by Ian Ruskin at the Society for Thomas Paine