Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13


  1. Paper return/grade update
  2. Finish "The Election Process" Power Point (last three slides)
  3. Begin "Journeys with George"
    1. We started this film today and have about 30 minutes to finish up on Monday
    2. The viewing guide is LINKED HERE
HW: any make up work

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11


  1. Media analysis due (turn in)
  2. Power Point/notes on "The Election Process"
    2. We have about three slides we will get to on Thursday
  3. Electoral College scenarios 
    1. map with different election possibilities
    2. read the directions listed in the document, which is LINKED HERE
HW: finish Electoral College scenarios

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday, April 10


  1. Finish "Media Analysis" assignment
    1. due tomorrow
HW: finish media analysis if necessary

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday, April 6


  1. Media Analysis Assignment (yellow paper)
    1. This is due next Tuesday
    2. Assignment linked yesterday
HW: make sure you are making progress on your media analysis

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday, April 4


  1. Present political parties and turn in all related materials
  2. Introduce "Media Analysis Activity" (we will work on this in class on Thursday)
    1. Instructions LINKED HERE
HW: none

Monday, April 3


  1. Finish up any remaining work on political parties in order to be ready for presentations, which are tomorrow
  2. Guidelines for this assignment were already posted, but I did pass out the scoring guide today.  you can find that document HERE if you need it for reference.
HW: be ready to present tomorrow

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday, March 23


  1. Today we were in the library working on the political party project.  See yesterday's post for the link to the assignment instructions if needed.
  2. Remember that the completed project is due the Tuesday after spring break (April 4) and make sure your group is keeping up on the assigned tasks.
HW: take care of any project responsibilities that you won't have time to finish 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21


  1. Correct/collect political party questions
  2. Begin political party project
    1. Today we went over the assignment guidelines (instructions linked below), formed groups, and began work on the project
    2. Assignment guidelines and platform topics LINKED HERE
    3. Meet in the library for class on Thursday
HW: political party project due April 4

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16


  1. Political Spectrum
    1. We created a political spectrum on the white board by placing the items LINKED HERE under the "liberal" and "conservative" headings on the board.  These were notes and I would advise copying a spectrum from someone in class to make sure you have things in the correct location. 
  2. Political Party Questions
    1. Written assignment that requires the Civics book
    2. Questions are LINKED HERE
    3. Due on Tuesday
HW: finish Political Party Questions if necessary

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday, March 14


  1. Political ideology survey/discussion
    1. Survey is LINKED HERE
    2. Results were for your own information--not an assignment
  2. Political party research
    1. Research major and third parties following the guidelines LINKED HERE
    2. Due Thursday
  • Political party research and any missing work
  • Reminder: all missing work from semester one is due this week

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday, March 13


  1. Take the following political ideology survey and record your results
    1. The link to the survey is HERE
    2. When you are finished you need to record the following:
      1. Draw the four cornered ideological grid and label
      2. Plot a point where you ended up after the quiz
      3. Write a one paragraph summary answering the following questions
        1. Did you have any idea where you would be before taking this survey?
        2. If so, did you end up where you expected?  If not, had you heard of the labels that were provided on the grid?
        3. What does your location on the grid seem to tell you about your political beliefs?
HW: Finish your survey write up before tomorrow

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9


  1. Foundations of Gov./Constitution Exam
  2. Complete missing work
HW: none--missing work

Tuesday, March 7


  1. Test review sheet
    1. test is on Thursday
    2. anything written on the note card provided can be used
    3. test review sheet (what you need to know) LINKED HERE
  2. Checks and balances review
HW: prepare for your test

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday, March 2


  1. Finish "Protecting Individual Freedoms" power point examples/discussion
  2. Flag burning case/questions (see me if you missed this--not available for upload)
  • grading day is next week--make sure you're getting work in
  • Bill of Rights poster, protecting individual freedoms, and flag burning response all turned in today

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tuesday, February 28


  1. Finish Bill of Rights Posters
    1. already linked (see old posts)
    2. due next class (Thursday)
  2. Begin "Protecting Individual Freedoms"
    1. completed #'s 1-6
    2. will finish the rest and turn in on Thursday
HW: finish Bill of Rights Poster

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27


  1. Bill of Rights Poster
    1. continue constructing posters
    2. half of the next class period will be designated for poster completion--make sure you can have in done in that amount of time
HW: poster work if you are behind (should have about 1/2 done)

Thursday, February 23


  1. Paper return/grade update
  2. Constitutional Concepts video/assignment
    1. Question and a link to the video are LINKED HERE
  3. Bill of Rights Poster Assignment
    1. Guidelines LINKED HERE
    2. Just introduced this--didn't have much time to work
HW: none

Tuesday, February 22


  1. Continue with Amendment Meme assignment
HW: any unfinished amendment work (questions or memes)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 21


  1. Continue with "Amendment Meme" assignment
    1. assignment is available in google classroom and should be submitted there
HW: finish "Amendment Questions" and "Amendment Memes" by Thursday

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday, February 16


  1. Correct/turn in Constitution race answers 
  2. Join Google Classroom
    1. join my classroom at
    2. period 3 use code: kuqr2i
    3. period 4 use code: y195qa
  3. Work on completing the assignments listed in classroom
    1. Amendment questions (due Tuesday) LINKED HERE
    2. Amendment memes (due Thursday) LINKED HERE
    3. turn both assignments into classroom
HW: work on amendment questions and complete any missing work

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14


  1. Turn in Declaration assignment
  2. Articles of Confederation 
    1. Slide show was explained and is LINKED HERE
    2. See me for the guided note handout you can fill out if you need it (not available to upload)
  3. Constitution Race
    1. 25 questions on the Constitution
    2. Done in table groups
    3. First team with all of the correct answers wins candy
    4. We finished this and began discussing Article 1 answers
HW: none

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13


  1. Timelines are due (turn in)
  2. Discussion: Is the declaration similar to a break up letter? How?
  3. Work on Declaration of Independence handout (linked on Thursday)
    1. We watched the videos linked below
    2. VIDEO LINK #1
    3. VIDEO LINK #2
HW: finish Declaration of Independence work

Thursday, February 9


  1. Continue and finish revolutionary events timeline (due Monday)
    1. Handout was linked Tuesday
  2. Begin Declaration of Independence work (time permitting)
HW: finish timeline before Monday

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday, February 7


  1. Discuss article on voting at 16 and turn in responses
  2. Human Nature assignment/discussion
    1. Fill out the half sheet with your opinion on the five statements provided LINKED HERE
    2. We discussed the statements as a class and did "four corners" to discuss LINKED HERE
    3. Locke and Hobbes reading and chart (see me if you need these handouts)
  3. American Revolution Timeline
    1. I introduced the timeline assignment, which we will continue in class on Thursday and is due on Monday
HW: any unfinished work besides the timeline

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6


  1. Time to finish/discuss "So...How Democratic Are We?"
  2. Voting age article and questions
    1. Read the article LINKED HERE
    2. Mark the text as indicated in the instructions
    3. Answer the questions that accompany the article
HW: Finish items related to the voting age article before tomorrow

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2

Objective: the students will be able to identify different governmental styles and the elements of a democracy.


  1. Types of Government Power Point/Notes
    1. Cornell notes on the slide show LINKED HERE
  2. "Who Rules" handouts
    1. Complete the fill in the blank on different styles of government using the reading provided (see me if you missed this for the papers necessary)
    2. Finish before next class if you didn't already turn this in
  3. "So...How Democratic Are We?"
    1. See me for this handout also
    2. Decide whether each example (1-8) fits your definition of democracy.  Identify each as democratic or undemocratic and explain why.
    3. Worked on this as a table group
    4. We will complete, discuss, and turn in on Monday
HW: none unless you didn't complete the "Who Rules?" handout

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31

Objective: Students will depict and explain different styles of government


  1. Define/discuss the following:
    1. What is government?
    2. What are the things a government should do for the people?
    3. Why do we have state and federal governments in the U.S.?
  2. Gummy Governments
    1. Group assignment--complete individually if you weren't here
  • make sure gummy govt. is submitted by Thursday
  • bring back a signed syllabus if you haven't yet

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monday, January 30


  1. Introduction note card--"I wish my teacher knew..." LINKED HERE
  2. Syllabus
    1. Discuss class guidelines
    2. Bring back a signed copy LINKED HERE
  3. "How plugged in are you?" LINKED HERE
    1. Just for an initial assessment, not a graded assignment
HW: bring back signed syllabus