Welcome to U.S. Govt for the academic year 2011-2012


You can email M. Lynde at mlynde90@gmail or mmlynde@henrico.k12.va.us

The class blog site can be found here

www.edmodo.com. Use your class' assigned code

A sites for political cartoons are
http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoons/
http://nieonline.com/niecftc/cftc.cfm

The Google Docs form to confidentially provide contact information can be found on

http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys

Please click to access the various pages listed on the right for further information on study aids, scholarships, etc.

All daily assignments and accompanying documents can be found below the Google Calendar by date





As we begin our 2nd semester I have shifted the first semesters resources below the daily agendas. This semester's resources will be embedded within the daily agendas.




5-23-12
Activity: Unemployed? Who? Where? an analysis with Paul Solemon.
5-22-12
Activity: Know your -isms: Free Market Economy vs. Command Economy
Worksheet US and China - use the CIA Fact book to answer.
5-18-12
6th period only: Movie Analysis
5-17-12
7th period only: Movie Analysis
5-16-12
Activity: the -isms and the CIA World Fact Book
5-11-12 thru 5-15-12
National Park Project


5-10-12
Understanding Taxes


In Class:
Activity: Understanding Taxes. This will be a quiz grade.

We will visit the IRS website in order to better understand taxes.
1. Complete the worksheet Understanding Taxes
2. You will be assigned a character for a tax filing simulation. Use the website
http://www.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/student/simulations.jsp
Should you need tutorials you can find those at
http://www.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/student/tax_tutorials.jsp
3. Enter on the google doc (below) your results as indicated.


5-09-12
In Class:
Activity: Foreign Affairs. You will be assigned one of the two articles. Provide answers to the discussion questions attached to each particular article. Make sure to provide concrete evidence in your answers.
This will count as a homework grade. Finish for homework if necessary.

1. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/world/jan-june12/china_05-03.html
Article # 1 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (more research might be needed)
1. Why was Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng under house arrest?
2. What do you know about China’s One Child policy?
3. In your opinion, why did Chen choose to run away to the U.S. embassy?
4. Do you think it’s the U.S. government’s responsibility to help Chen and his family? Why or why not?
5. Do you think it’s safe for Chen and his family to remain in China? Discuss.
6. Do you think this incident has hurt the relationship between the United States and China? Discuss.

2. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/world/jan-june12/afghanistan_04-30.html

Article #2 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (more research might be needed)
1. When did the U.S. invade Afghanistan?
2. When is the deadline for the U.S. to pull its troops out of Afghanistan?
3. Who are local officials blaming for poisonings of women’s schools in Afghanistan?
4. What is the name of the Islamic fundamentalist government that U.S. troops ousted?
5. What percentage of Afghan women said they had suffered some form of abuse?
6. Who is the president of Afghanistan?
7. Do you think Afghan women’s rights will deteriorate after U.S. troops leave the country? Why or why not? Use examples from the story to support your argument.
5-08-12
movie Erin Brovotich - an examination of environmental industrial pollution
5-07-12
movie Erin Brovotich - an examination of environmental industrial pollution
Research paper due
5-04-12
party and movie Erin Brovotich - an examination of environmental industrial pollution
5-03-12
You will be assigned one of the following two articles. You are to write a 1-2 page paper addressing the following questions as they are reflected in the article.


What is the goal of cap and trade?

Who benefits from cap and trade?

What are the policy issues that arise from this issue?

Are there losers in cap and trade? If so, who? Why?

Do you agree with the author? Why or why not?

Article 1: * you need to click on the links at the bottom of the article to further investigate. Simply using the face page of this article will not suffice.
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/cap-and-trade-wont-break-the-bank-climate-bill-would-actually-cut-us-budget-defecit.html

Article 2
5-02-12
Class Activity: License to Pollute - an examination of the federal policy endeavor Cap And Trade

NPR site about power usage
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=110997398

Wind Farms in VA
http://www.virginiaplaces.org/energy/windenergy.html
5-01-12
Guest speaker. Henrico County Supervisor Pat O'Bannon and Planning Commissioner Bonnie Leigh Jones
4-30-12
Guest speaker. Henrico County Public School Research and Development Dr. Blumenthal
4-25-12
In class budget exercise
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/state_regional/govt_politics/budget/

Homework: and
4-24-12
Test on the Bureaucracy
4-23-12
Review for Bureaucracy
4-20-12
Turn In:
N/A

In Class:
- West Wing episode

Homework:
- Review main points from bureaucracy unit (test on Tuesday, April 23)
4-19-12
Turn In:
N/A

NOTE: once again we are so on top of things! check out this article- Whole Foods announced today they will stop selling certain types of seafood that is unsustainable

In Class:
- "Tragedy of the Commons" continued
- Government policies and the environment
- clip from "Deadliest Catch"

Homework:
- Research paper
4-18-12
Turn In:
N/A

In Class:
- "Tragedy of the Commons" continued

1. Read the following two articles. You will be asked to contribute 2 "Aha" moments in a class discussion

Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons
**http://www.perc.org/articles/article652.php**

Boston IFQ
**http://articles.boston.com/2012-01-18/metro/30636028_1_northern-shrimp-shrimp-season-shrimp-population**

2. Read the provided 2 handouts ("Economies of Scale" and "Grouper Quotas") . Write a one page analysis of all our readings/discussions on fisheries, private property rights and the Tragedy of the Commons. Use the readings to provide evidence within your paper.


Homework:
- Research paper and complete one page analysis of readings on fisheries, private property incentives, and the Tragedy of the Commons
4-17-12
Turn In:
N/A

In Class:
- "Tragedy of the Commons"
- Government policies and the environment

Homework:
- Research paper
4-16-12
Turn In:
N/A

In Class:
- Go over vocab. quizzes you took last class
- finish West Wing episode if your class didn't finish the episode we played before spring break
- review concepts: Civil Service, "the bureaucratic employee," and "sources of bureaucratic power"

Homework:
- Keep working on research papers...
4-4-12

International Trade Issues
Snapshot of US International Trade 2010
http://www.globalization101.org/a-snapshot-of-us-trade/

US Agencies
http://www.commerce.gov/

Article on purity of Chinese products http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-202_162-2679864.html

Commentary blog on Chinese food purity http://www.honestlabelfoods.com/siliconapp-blog/china/global-trade-brings-chinas-food-safety-challenges-to-our-doorstep
Research Paper Resources
After reviewing the rough drafts of the research papers the following points must be addressed:
1. CITATION PAGE: Hey, if you can't get the citation page in a proper format- easy zero grade for me to use!
2. TENSE! You should be using past tense- because it is pretty clear to me that all these cases occurred sometimes before you are reading this list!
3. ACTIVE VERBS! Do not use "had ever been" instead use "was." Do not use "due to the fact that" use "because." I will crucify you for that practice. It is silly, shows a lower level of writing skill, it is pompous, it irritates the reader, and clearly you are just sucking up space in order to reach some false nirvana of 4 pages; as if that would save you....
4. ASSUME AN IGNORANT READER (coded on papers AIR) which means give time frame; explain significant court cases (ex: don't just say Lemon Test - explain the Lemon Test). It makes your writing style fluid and intelligent. I had my debate team read your papers and I told them, "you should be able to read this from beginning to end and feel educated afterwards and there should never be a moment when you don't understand what they are saying...."
5. FOCUS on the court's decision and each individual Justice's opinion AND the reasoning they show. This is most important because those reasonings are the voice of America as society contemplates the issue and all of its complexities.
6. IMPACT of the case cannot be only 1 sentence! That is impossible because any case that makes it to the Supreme Court level is not frivolous though you may be if you only list one sentence.
7. EVERYONE must turn in the print out of their TURNITIN entry. You only get one entry so do it right. If you turn in a paper without it then you will receive a zero because I will assume you copied so much of another person's work that you don't have the guts to run it through TurnItIn - hey, easy grade for me- zero!
8. MAKE SURE TO ADDRESS THE COURT'S MAKE UP- you must inform your Ignorant Reader if this Supreme Court was considered liberal or conservative and who is the Chief Justice and what stance they were usually known to take.
9. ALL JUSTICES are referred to as Justice Brennan, etc. It is a courtesy title such as Dr. Do not refer to him as William Brennan. It is Justice Brennan and yes, it is capitalized.
10. JUST SAYING: if you fail to use italics in any court case title you will receive a zero! You need to list the year directly behind the tile the first time you refer to it (so your Ignorant Reader has a clue) but after that you may refer to it purely by italicized name. All other cases referenced must also include a year (again so the Ignorant Reader can place it in context)
11. GET A CLUE: no contractions allowed in a formal paper. They will laugh you right out of a college course and I will be laughing too!
12. MAJOR ISSUE HERE: you need to formally address who argued what in front of the court. How about acknowledging the attorney's name? After all, it is a big deal and quite a professional accomplishment to argue in the Supreme Court.
13. AMENDMENTS: Amendment is capitalized and so is the number before. So it is First Amendment not first amendment or even the more lazy choice of 1st amendment.
14. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE! You must establish the path the case took to get to the Supreme Court. So that means you must specify were the case was first heard (city, state, local, federal?) then to where it was appealed and then where it went, etc. Make sure you list state or federal. Make sure you name cities or locations so your Ignorant Reader (who by now is woefully confused) has a clue. TRANSITIONS are a good thing! Don't jerk around the Ignorant Reader!

LASTLY: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EAGLE WRITING CENTER!!!!!
04-05-12
In Class:
- My Cousin Vinny
- Bureaucracy test will be the Tuesday (4/17) after spring break

Homework:
- work on research paper
04-04-12
In Class:
- Vocab. Quiz
- Trade simulation

Homework:
- Work on research paper
04-03-12
In Class:
- Bureaucracy and the meth epidemic

Homework:
- Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow (4/4)
04-02-12
Turn In: N/A

In Class:
- Peer Editing Research Papers

Homework:
- TBD
03-30-12
Turn In:
- Ch. 15 notes

In Class:
- West Wing episode on the FCC

Homework:
- None
03-29-12
Turn In:
N/A

In Class:
- Federal Budget

Homework:
- Ch. 15 notes due TOMORROW (3/30)
03-28-12
Turn In:
- Rough Drafts

In Class:
- Executive Office of the President

Worksheet:



Use these two websites to find the information needed to complete the worksheet:
- http://www.shmoop.com/executive-branch/concepts.html
- http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop

Homework:
- work on Ch. 15 notes (due Friday, 3/30)
03-27-12
Turn In:
N/A

In Class:
- Work on research papers

Homework:
1) Research papers due TOMORROW (3/28)
2) Ch. 15 notes due Friday
03-26-12
Turn In:
- Edmodo blog answers should be posted by today

In Class:
- Structure of the Bureaucracy

Homework:
1) Rough Draft due Wed. (3/28)
2) Chapter 15 notes due Friday (3/30)
03-23-12
In Class:
- Bureaucracy, Katrina, and the BP Oil Spill
- Blogging on the BP Oil Spill on Edmodo

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/29/2010-06-29_bp_oil_spill_cleanup_blocked_by_red_tape_bureaucracy_as_companies_offering_aid_a.html

http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/qanda.html#role

BP Oil Spill Timeline:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10656239

Homework:
1) Finish blog started in class on Friday
2) Begin Chapter 15 notes (due Friday, March 30)
03-22-12
http://www.cagle.com/2012/03/to-be-read-while-blasting-prison-song-by-system-of-a-down/

In Class:
- Intro. to bureaucracy

Homework:
- None
Resources for Bureaucracy Unit
Bureaucracy PowerPoint:



Bureaucracy Fill in notes for chp 15
Chp 15 textbook ppt

Bureaucracy Vocab. (you will have a quiz on this)

Field Trip 3/21 Agenda
8:50 leave Godwin *no phones allowed. *appropriate conservative dress please
9:10 arrive at circuit court
11:30 lunch *cash needed
12:00 tour jail
1:15 depart from jail to Godwin
1:30 ? arrival Godwin
Week 3/12-3/16
Tuesday 3/13- funny schedule. 7th period will review intro and thesis of papers
Wed 3/14- quiz then review of intro/thesis of papers and intro to mock trial
Thur 3/15 - work on mock trial
Fri 3/16- mock trial.
ANNOUNCEMENT
There will be a quiz on Tues 13th- it will be short answer and I do expect complete sentences, elaboration, demonstrated knowledge of court case(s) which set precedent and/or incorporated

prior restraint - affirmative action - exclusionary rule - symbolic speech - seditious speech - establishment of separation of church and state in schools - right to privacy
03-07-12
It is never too late to give up your prejudices
Henry David Thoreau
Turn In:
In Class:
Mock trial
Homework:
None
*next 20 notes cards due Mar 9
03-06-12
Prejudice will fall in a combat with interest
Thomas Paine
Turn In:
In Class:
Unit test on Judicial
Homework:
Tomorrow mock trial
03-05-12
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everybody equally
W. C. Fields
Turn In:
In Class:
Review for test tomorrow
Homework:
Test Tuesday March 6
03-02-12
Prejudice is the child of ignorance
William Hazlitt
Turn In: Chp 21 notes
In Class:
Eyes on the Prize to reference Civil Rights issues
Intro mock court case
Homework:
Test Tuesday March 6
Practice Cover It Live for Period 6

Practice Cover It Live for Period 7

03-01-12
A man may not accuse himself of a crime
Talmud
Turn In:
In Class:
Quiz on court cases
Begin watching Eyes on the Prize to reference Civil Rights issues
Homework:
Chp 21 notes due Mar 2
02-29-12
“if everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Other rights
Handout: review for complete Judicial Unit
Homework:
Chp 21 notes due Mar 2
02-28-12
Big Brother is watching you
George Orwell
Turn In:
In Class:
Presentation of your group’s current day issue and First Amendment
Lecture: Other rights
Homework:
Chp 21 notes due Mar 2
02-27-12
If nothing may be published but what civil authority shall have previously approved, power must always be the standard of truth
Samuel Johnson 1781
Turn In;
workbook chp 19 sec 4 rights to assembly
In Class:
NOTE: Handout review of important court cases for quiz to be given Mar 1
First Amendment: Right to Assembly
Examining modern issues First Amendment: in small groups you will examine a current day issue and create PowerPoint of maximum 3 slides to present the issue, the decision, and your opinion as to its application to the First Amendment.
Homework:
Chp 21 notes due Mar 2
Powerpoint presentation due tomorrow 2/28. You will be given only 15 minutes in class to ready for presentation.
court cases quiz Mar 1
02-24-12
The very aim and end of our institution is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think
Oliver Wendell Holmes United States v Schwimmer, 1929
Turn In; 20 research note cards due
In Class:
West Wing: flag burning
Chp 21 notes due Mar 2
Homework:
Chp 21 notes due Mar 2
Handout/workbook chp 19 section 4 rights to assembly. Due Monday 2/27
02-23-12
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost
Thomas Jefferson
Turn In; chp 20 notes
In Class:
Civil Liberties: Freedom of Press and Speech
Homework:
Feb 24 – 20 research note cards due
02-22-12
Press criticism in the absence of a political party is ultimately only one hand clapping
Alexander Cockburn 1992
Turn In; chp 20 worksheet terms due
In Class:
Civil Liberties: Freedom of Religion
Homework:
Feb 24 – 20 research note cards due
Feb 23- chp 20 notes due
02-21-12
If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the govt may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society find the idea itself offensive or disagreeable
Wm J Brennan, Jr. Texas v Johnson 1989
Turn In; turn in notes chp 20
In Class:
*shortened schedule: Judicial test review, bibliography issues, chp 20 terms worksheet which will be due tomorrow Feb 22
Homework:
Feb 24 – 20 research note cards due
Feb 23 - chp 20 notes due
Feb 22- chp 20 worksheet terms due
02-17-12
If any man or woman, after legal conviction, shall have or worship any other God but the Lord God, he shall be put to death
Blue Laws (Puritan), 1672
Turn In; bibliography cards
In Class:
Access or create Chp 20 notes
West Wing: Freedom of religion? Shibboleth
Homework:
Chp 20 notes due Thursday 2/23

Feb 24 – 20 research note cards due
02-14-12- 02-16-12
library research time bibliography note cards due Fri Feb 17 beginning of class
02-13-12
Kings and fools speak freely
Dutch saying
Turn In: Worksheet: Civil Liberties Terms and Crossword
In Class:
Activity: Evolution of Civil Liberties pt 2
Pledge and liberties: WV Board of Ed v Gobitis
Activity: freedom of speech
Homework:
Chp 19 notes due tomorrow
*research next 3 days 2/14-2/16 *bring notecards
02-10-12
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it
Samuel Johnson
Turn In:
In Class:
Activity: Evolution of Civil Liberties pt 1
Korematsu
Influence of WWII
Homework:
Chp 19 notes due Feb. 14th
Worksheet: Civil Liberties Terms and Crossword
02-09-12
My people and I have an agreement. They say whatever they like, and I do whatever I like
Frederick II
Turn In:
In Class:
Class time to outline court case research paper
Template worksheet to assist: Who, What, When, How, Why
Homework:
Chp 19 notes due Feb. 14th
02-08-12
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
First Amendment, 1791
Turn In:
In Class:
Chp 19 notes due Feb 14
Defining and setting the framework: Civil Liberties vs. Civil Rights
Lecture and Activity
Homework:
8:15 court cases will be posted outside room 27 for sign up for research paper due May 7th
RESOURCES on Chp 19, chp 20 and 21 Civil Liberties
RESOURCES for Research paper due May 7
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02-07-12
Freedom of speech was not designed to give everybody equal time on a soapbox but to make sure that nobody who wanted to speak was prevented form doing so by being hit over the head, locked up, tortured, or shot.
Warren Nutter
Turn In:
In Class:
Test chp 19
Introduce research paper due May 7th
Homework:
02-06-12
(San Francisco) Giants multimillionaire slugger Barry Bonds, pleading hardship in the wake of the baseball strike, has persuaded a San Mateo County judge to cut in half his spousal and child-support payments.
The judge- Domestic Relations Commissioner George Taylor- then promptly turned around and asked Barry for his autograph
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, SF Chronicle, Aug 1994
Turn In:
In Class:
Test review
Homework:
Test Tues Feb 7th
02-03-12
The judge answers questions of law; the jury answers questions of fact
Latin saying
Turn In: Notes on Judicial chapter
In Class:
Finish viewing: West Wing- The Supremes
Lecture: How does it actually work in the Supreme Court
Video: The Supreme Court process
Homework:
Test Tues Feb 7th
02-02-12
Anonymous: What great principle has guided your judicial decisions?
Holmes: I have spent seventy years finding out that I am not God
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Turn In:
In Class:
Discover: What does “getting borked” mean?
View: West Wing- The Supremes
Homework:
Notes on Judicial chapter due Fri Feb 3rd
Test Tues Feb 7th
02-01-12
We do not inquire what the legislature meant; we ask only what the statute means
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Turn In: turn in court schematic
In Class:
Activity: Court Schematic- a physical layout
Lecture: Court System Basics continued
Handout: schematic of special federal courts
Homework:
Notes on Judicial chapter due Fri Feb 3rd
Test Tues Feb 7th
01-31-12
A good Judge conceives quickly, judges slowly.
George Herbert
Turn In:
In Class:
Activity: Strict Constructionist or Loose Constructionist
Lecture: Court System Basics
Handout: Schematic of Court Jurisdiction
Homework:
Complete the schematic of the court system
Notes on Judiciary chapter due Fri Feb 3rd
Note: Test Tues Feb 7th
resources for Judicial Branch



LECTURE PRESENTATIONS AND FILL IN NOTES

Introduction Lectures and Foundations of Government and Fill In Notes

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The Constitution Lectures and Foundations of Government and Fill In Notes

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Chapter 4 Lecture: Federalism

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Chapter 5 Lecture: Political Parties and Fill In Notes


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Chapter 6 Lecture: Voting Behavior and Fill In Notes


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Chapter 7 Lecture: Electoral Process


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Chapter 8 Lecture: Mass Media

and

Chapter 9 Lecture: Interest Groups

and

A great Legislative Branch Notes PowerPoint - It Covers the Basics of chp 10-12



Chapter 10 Lecture: Congress - Its Structure

and pt 1 and pt 2

Chapter 11 Lecture: Congress - Its Powers


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Chapter 12 Lecture: Congress -The process


and


Chapter 13 Lecture: The Presidency - How to Become and the Process


and textbook powerpoint


Chapter 14 Lecture: Presidency - In Action



and textbook powerpoint

Lecture: Presidency

A small review of Presidential information





Dates and Agendas


FEEDBACK
Please provide feedback in the form below (thank you)

01-23-12
MIDTERM REVIEW
Essay Prompts: Required Essay: electoral college Selection Essay Topics: Presidential Roles and areas of growth in presidential power OR electoral system, two party v third, primaries, etc.
Court cases to know: McCulloch v Md., Gibbons v Ogden, Heart of Atlanta v US, Marbury v Madison
01-20-12
MIDTERM REVIEW
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My checklist used to grade writing:
01-19-12
Students of public administration have never taken sufficient account of the capacity of lower levels of govt to sabotage or defy even a masterful President
Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
Turn In:
In Class:
Use Lecture to review - power point listed in resources above
Executive agreements (not executive orders!)
Recognition
Commander in chief
War powers resolution
Homework:
01-18-12
I want the whole staff in the strongest possible terms to be informed that unless they can say something positive about my operations and that of the White House staff they should say nothing
Richard M Nixon
Turn In: Chp 14 notes
In Class:
Executive order and ordinance
Appointment Power
Removal Power
Activity: Identify the powers
Homework:
01-17-12
The President’s authority is not as great as his responsibility
Theodore Sorensen
Turn In: Cabinet Project
In Class:
Cabinet Project Vote
Activity: I ask you....assignment
http://prezi.com/5lnxwegm1a94/edit/#0_746531
1.Appointments face legal challenges
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=145189439
and/or
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/jan/14/tdmain06-obama-appointments-face-legal-challenge-b-ar-1610602/
2. Obama seeks power to consolidate U.S. agencies
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-propose-combining-agencies-to-shrink-federal-government/2012/01/13/gIQAHsLqvP_story.html?tid=pm_pop
3.Monitoring of social media raises concerns
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dhs-monitoring-of-social-media-worries-civil-liberties-advocates/2012/01/13/gIQANPO7wP_story.html
Today's Exit: find out: Can the president be sued?
Homework:
fill in notes or outline chp 14 due Wed Jan 18
01-13-12
I hope you will (be) perfectly easy about having nominated me; don’t be troubled about it. I forgive you.
Abraham Lincoln
Turn In: graphic organizer of President’s roles.
In Class:
Cabinet Project
Access chp 14 fill in notes
Homework:
fill in notes or outline chp 13 due Fri, fill in notes or outline chp 14 due Wed next week
Cabinet project due upon return Tue Jan 17th
01-12-12
When the President does it that means that it’s not illegal
Richard M Nixon
Turn In:
In Class:
Test on Legislative Unit
or Journeys with George
Homework:
RETEST or TEST unit on legislature will by Thursday Jan 12
fill in notes or outline chp 13 due Fri, fill in notes or outline chp 14 due Wed next week
01-11-12
Oh, that lovely title, ex-President
Dwight D Eishenhower
Turn In: graphic organizer on differnt roles of President
In Class:
Finish Movie: Journey’s With George
Intro to Chp 13: President
Lecture/movie: A Day in the White House
RETEST or TEST unit on legislature will by Thursday Jan 12
Homework:
fill in notes or outline chp 13 due Fri, fill in notes or outline chp 14 due Wed next week
01-10-12
I can tell you this: no man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. Make no mistake about it, the four most miserable years of my life were my four years in the Presidency.
John Quincy Adams
Turn In:
In Class:
discuss different "hats" or roles president plays i.e. chief of state, chief administrator, chief executive, chief diplomat, commander in chief, chief legislator, chief of party, chief citizen
watch video to illustrate different roles
RETEST or TEST unit on legislature will by Thursday Jan 12
Homework:
Create graphic organizer with an octagon shape that illustrates the major responsibilities of the President. At each corner list a President's role. From each role extend a line outward, write a brief description of the role, and provide one example of how the President fulfills it. p 354
fill in notes or outline chp 13 due Fri, fill in notes or outline chp 14 due Wed next week
01-09-12
Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office
David S. Broder
Turn In:
In Class:
New Hampshire! http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/on-to-new-hampshire/
Movie: Journey’s With George
Homework:
For your own sake continue to fill in notes on Presidency
01-06-12
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone
Henry Kissinger
Turn In:
In Class:
Test Legislation unit
Please access Google survey to provide feedback on Congressional Simulation. It is at the top of the page linked below
http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
Homework:
Begin fill in notes on Presidency
01-05-12
Where power, there law
Saying (Latin)
Turn In:
In Class:
Congressional Simulation
Homework:
Test on the complete Legislative Unit tomorrow Friday 1/6
Review available
01-04-12
The law is not concerned with trifles
Saying (Latin)
Turn In: Proposed bill(s) suggestions handed in to M Lynde
Complete fill in notes on chp 12 for grade
In Class:
Messy reality of how a bill becomes a law -
http://congress.indiana.edu/e-learning-modules
look for
Dynamic Legislative Process How bill becomes a law
Quiz Graphic How a Bill Becomes a Law
Worksheet - Types of Committees

Homework:
Tomorrow is the Congressional Simulation
Test on the complete Legislative Unit on Friday 1/6
01-03-12
Don Corleone: A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
Turn In:
In Class:
Graphic How a Bill Becomes a Law
Lecture Notes
Homework:
Have proposed bill(s) suggestions handed in to M Lynde by Wed 1/4
Complete fill in notes on chp 12 for grade – turn in Wed 1/4
Quiz tomorrow – use graphic how bill becomes a law
01-02-12
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation
Thomas Brackett Reed HoR speech 1886
Turn In:
In Class:
Caucus Chaos! 1 day to Iowa http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/
Flow Chart How A Bill Becomes A Law
KEY
Introduction to Congressional Simulation to be held on Thursday 1/5 – you are assigned to be either a Star or a Stripe and must suggest legislation accordingly
, , and
Homework:
Have proposed bill(s) suggestions handed in to M Lynde by Wed 1/4
Complete fill in notes on chp 12 for grade – turn in Wed 1/4
12-16-11
Politics is civil war carried on by other means
Alisdair C. Macintyre
Turn In:
In Class:
Video: 5 votes down
Homework: none
12-15-11
I played by the rules of politics as I found them
Richard Nixon
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Chp 11 Congressional Powers - Implied Powers
Activity: Expansion of Congressional Powers
Review time line of expansion of Congressional powers pp. 306-307
Read p. 309 Reining in Congress
Answer the 4 questions posted
Consider whether Congress should regulate the Internet
Add your opinion on this matter to the questions answers
Homework: none
12-14-11
The worst sin in politics is being boring
Richard Nixon
Turn In:
In Class:
Activity: Worksheet Expressed Powers of Congress
Activity: Heart of Atlanta v US
p. 315 Read to answer
Identify the 3 constitutional provisions discussed in the case
In pairs, write a sentence for each provision explaining its relevance to the case
Homework: none
12-13-11
In matters of state it is necessary to profit from everything possible; whatever is useful is never to be despised
Cardinal Richelieu
Turn In:
In Class:
Quiz chp 10
Lecture: chp 11 Congress – Its Powers
Homework: Edmodo assignment. Respond to reading.
12-12-11
*Happy Winter Break - my gift to you is I have already posted the lecture notes above
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them
Paul Valery
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: chp 10 Congress Structure pt 2
Worksheet: Party Leadership
Homework: quiz tomorrow on chp 10
12-09-11
Our only safe rule in politics…was always to believe that the worst would be done. Then we were not deceived.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Turn In: webquest on Congress
In Class:
FIrst Task
How to Websites: Congress
http://www.centeroncongress.org/interactive-learning-modules
click on e learning modules.
click on e learning activities for students
a drop down menu will display
please complete the modules listed below
1. Day in the Life of a Congressman
2. Deciding How to Vote in Congress
3. A Representative Back Home
4. Individuals Who Make a Difference
Second Task
Use ppt to complete the outline worksheet on the Legislative branch
and
Homework: complete Legislative branch worksheet if need be
12-08-11
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is not distinctly native American criminal class except Congress
Mark Twain
Turn In: video worksheet
In Class:
Lecture: congress
Homework: webquest on Congress
12-07-11
*fill in notes Chp 10 posted here
I don’t think you can find any evidence of the fact that I had changed govt policy solely because of a [campaign} contribution
Bill Clinton
Turn In:
In Class:
Quiz on Interest Groups
Video on Legislative Branch – worksheet to accompany it - go to the edmodo blog as worksheet and video are posted there
Fill in notes chp 10
Homework: finish worksheet on video if necessary. Note: fill in notes for chp 10 are posted if you want to use them
12-06-11
It’s a sin in politics to land a soft punch
Alf Landon
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Interest Groups
Worksheet: Interest Groups A Closer Look
Homework: quiz on this chapter tomorrow Wed Dec 7th
12-05-11
Politics is like football. If you see daylight, go through the hole
John Kennedy
Turn In: Fill in notes chp 9
In Class:
Lecture: Interest Groups
Worksheet: Interest Groups A Walk Through
Homework: none but quiz on this chapter Wed Dec 7th


12-02-11
* chp 9 fill in notes posted here
What do you suppose they are in Congress for, if it ain’t to split up the swag?
Will Rogers
Turn In:
In Class:
Test Chp 5, 6, 7
Homework: fill in notes on chp 9 – interest groups. Do these for grade. Research paper details on Monday Dec 5th
12-01--11
The only thing you can say about the 1970 elections is that the Democrats picked up 9 seats in the House and the Republicans one and half senators. If you wonder how there can be a half-senator, you haven’t met some of those fellows.
Tom Wicker
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Chp 7 The electoral process
Activity: Electoral College - debate
You will be assigned one of the following:
1. Electoral College Web Quest
2. SAS Curriculum pathways go to http://sascurriculumnpathways.com/
sign in using student access code rock7seem
upper right corner is a QL quick launch. Put in code #1183
complete assignment
Homework: We are testing chp 5, 6, 7 on Friday Dec. 2nd
11-30-11
Few men have (enough) virtue to whithstand the highest bidder.
George Washington
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Chp 7 The electoral process
Blog assignment: Follow the election money
Homework; finish blog assignment… We are testing chp 5, 6, 7 on Friday Dec. 2nd
11-29-11
* chp 7 fill in notes posted here
Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Helen Keller
Turn In:
In Class:
Finish viewing Murder in Mississippi and voting rights
Lecture: Chp 7 The electoral process
Homework; chp 7 fill in notes are available on wiki… We are testing chp 5, 6, 7 on Friday Dec. 2nd
11-28-11
Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against.
W. C. Fields
Turn In:
In Class:
Viewing Murder in Mississippi and voting rights
Homework: none

11-23-11
Republicans …take care of big money, for big money takes care of them
Will Rogers
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Voting Behavior
Viewing Murder in Mississippi
Fill in notes on chp 6 posted for your convenience
Homework


11-22-11
Let me …warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party
George Washington
Turn In:
In Class:
voting abuses
http://www.crmvet.org/info/lithome.htm
Lecture: Voting Behavior website on voting behavior
http://electionstudies.org/nesguide/gd-index.htm#1
Viewing of War Room
Fill in notes on chp 6 posted for your convenience
Homework: Read the 3 articles on Obama’s chances of re-election (as found on blog) then post your response AND comment on a peer’s response. Due Wed Nov 23
11-21-11
* chp 6 fill in notes are posted here
He is a Democrat, whatever that means, besides brain-dead
Russell Baker
Turn In: maybe the so you are 18 document if not finished in class on Fri Nov 18
In Class:
Consideration: Women, suffrage, and the 19th Amendment
Lecture: Voting Behavior
Fill in notes on chp 6 posted for your convenience
Homework: Read the 3 articles on Obama’s chances of re-election (as found on blog) then post your response AND comment on a peer’s response. Due Wed Nov 23
www.edmodo.com
11-18-11
Whenever a Republican leaves one side of the aisle and goes to the other, it raises the intelligence quotient of both parites
Clare Booth Luce
Turn In: open note test chp 5
In Class:
Take quiz chp 5
Begin examination of voting behavior
Worksheet: so you are 18
Activity: So You Are 18 Worksheet: Document used to answer worksheet
Homework: Read the 3 articles on Obama’s chances of re-election (as found on blog) then post your response AND comment on a peer’s response. Due Wed Nov 23
www.edmodo.com



11-17-11
Serial seduction, that’s what politics is
Richard Reeves
Turn in: worksheet on European parties and worksheet on candidates money
In class
last of lecture on political parties
Homework: open note Test on chp 5 political parties due Friday
11-16-11
The drama of politics…(is) only the people running around trying to change one gang of bandits for another gang of bandits
Carl Sandberg
Turn In:
In Class:
review political parties
Homework: open note Test on chp 5 political parties due Friday



11-15-11
A week is a long time in politics
Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister
Turn In:
In Class:
Document: examine US and European parties
Complete fill in notes on chp 5.
Homework: worksheet
Investigating political parties monies - given out in class on Monday Nov 14th
11-14-11
I was not party man myself, and the first wish of my heart was, if parties did exist, to reconcile them
George Washington to Thomas Jefferson
H.L. MENCKENTurn In:
In Class:
Take fun survey to determine your political party leanings
Lecture: notes on political parties
Homework:
Investigate political parties monies *due Wed Nov 16th

11-11-11
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
H.L. MENCKENTurn In:
In Class:
Mr Smith Goes to Washington - modern version
Homework: none
11-10-11
I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too
Jefferson Smith
Turn In:
In Class:
View Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Homework:
11-09-11
The people of my state need permanent relief from crooked men riding their backs
Jefferson Smith
Turn In:
In Class:
View Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Homework:
11-07-11
Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes
Jefferson Smith
Turn In:
In Class:
Blog on M Lynde blog: your reflection about last weeks investigation into health care; how much you think your voice can be heard, etc.
View Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Homework:


11-4-11
Health is better than wealth
John Ray
Turn In:
In Class:
In small groups students will craft their response and evidence to blog question: Should the federal government require the purchase of health insurance by every American?
Final product and response to peer’s product due TODAY
Examining 10 x 10
Day in the life of press secretary
Homework:
none
11-3-11
Health is not valued till Sickness come
Thomas Fuller
Turn In:
In Class:
In small groups students will craft their response and evidence to blog question: Should the federal government require the purchase of health insurance by every American?
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141967141
Homework:
Final product and response to peer’s product due Nov 4th
11-2-11
The poorest man would not part with health for money, but...the richest would gladly part with all their money for health
C. C. Colton
Turn In:
In Class:
Class discussion using video to further investigate Affordable Health Care Act
In small groups students will craft their response and evidence to blog question: Should the federal government require the purchase of health insurance by every American?
one website to consider
http://www.balancedpolitics.org/universal_health_care.htm
Or for those who like infographics
http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/medical-costs-1/
Homework:
Final product and response to peer’s product due Nov 4th
11-1-11
Health without money is half a sickness
James Howell
Turn In:
In Class:
Class discussion – which direct provision of law has been challenged in court
Read posted article http://www.nationalreview.com/critical-condition/280659/ohio-s-health-care-initiative-just-went-national-heather-higgin
Homework:
Using Mr. Nicely’s blog – view video and respond to poll
10-31-11
Health is the first of all liberties
Henri Amiel
Turn In:
Political cartoon analysis worksheet
In Class:
Activity: States’ Rights vs. Federal Gov’t
Lecture via Video: 10th amendment
Blog to comment on peer’s political cartoon
Using blog read 2 posted articles and respond:
1. article link
http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/healthcare-overview
2. nullification article
3. ON THE BLOG RESPOND How is the opposition to Affordable Care Act of 2010 similar to past historical debates like nullification?
Homework:
Using blog read 2 posted articles and respond: How is the opposition to Affordable Care Act of 2010 similar to past historical debates like nullification?
10-28-11
Never argue with a person who buys ink by the barrel
Turn In:
Political Parodies worksheet
In Class:
Discuss Political Parodies
Activity: Political Cartoons with identification chart and political cartoon example and KEY to symbols
Introduce: blogging activity on States’ Rights, Federalism, and Health Care – test grade! Final product due Nov 4th.
6th period
7th period
Homework:
Blogging activity: political cartoon on states’ rights, federalism, or health care and complete political cartoon analysis worksheet
an excellent cartoon site is http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoons/
another excellent political cartoon site is http://nieonline.com/niecftc/cftc.cfm
10-27-11
Always release bad news on Saturday night. Fewer people notice it.
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture Notes Measuring Public Opinion and Media Politics
Homework:
Worksheet Political Parodies
10-26-11
The rosier the news, the higher-ranking the official who announces it
Turn In:
In Class:
test unit 1 chp 1-4
Homework:
10-25-11
All stories written about me are inaccurate. All stories written about you are entirely accurate.
Turn In:
In Class:
Think Pair Share Take a Stand worksheet
Lecture notes Political Spectrum
Activity: Ideological Survey
Homework:
Unit Test tomorrow – chp 1-4
10-24-11
All secrets become public knowledge.
The more important the secret, the sooner it becomes known.
Turn In:
In Class:
Intro Public Opinion and Media
Activity: Three Little Pigs
Lecture notes on public opinion and socialization
Homework:
Worksheet Take A Stand





10-19 thru 10-21 - 11
Anonymous: What is the ideal state?
Solon: That in which injury done to the least of its citizens is an injury done to all
Solon 630?-560? BC
* There will be a GRASP financial aid presentation on either Wed 10/19, Thur 10/20 or Fri 10/21. Please note how this affects class pacing.
For Wed – Fri the following agenda will be attempted
Turn In:
Wed 10/19/11 Worksheet: Chp 4.2
In Class:
Lecture Federalism using Powerpoint
Determing which grants is which…
Worksheets
Worksheet 4.3 Interstate relations
Homework:
Take home open note test chp 4 due Monday October 24th.
10-18-11
The state is made for man, not man for the State
Albert Einstein
Turn In: Complete Federalism: graphic organizer 4.1
In Class:
Review worksheet on defining federalism
Lecture: Federalism Class work: Chart of powers: delegated, reserved, concurred?
Homework:
Note chapter 4!
Worksheet: Chp 4.2
10-17-11
Alongside all swindlers the state now stands…as swindler-in-chief
Jacob Burckhardt
Turn In:
In Class:
Constitutional scavenger hunts- test grade. 20 minutes only. Must be completed and turned in today!
Lecture: Federalism
Homework:
Start taking notes on chp. 4!
Complete Federalism: graphic organizer 4.1



10-15-11
test chp 2
10-14-11
Liberals have more questions than answers; conservatives have more answers than questions
Anonymous
Turn In:
In Class:
Constitutional scavenger hunts- test grade. Must be completed and turned in today!
Homework:
None. But we begin chp 4 on Monday – why not go ahead and begin those notes?
10-13-11
Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen
Mort Sahl
Turn In:
In Class:
quiz
Constitutional scavenger hunts- test grade- CAN ONLY BE COMPLETED IN CLASS TODAY AND TOMORROW
Turn in at end of class –will be completed tomorrow
Homework:
10-12-11
The liberal have no money
The wealthy have no liberality
Sa’di (AD 1213?-1292) The Rose Garden
Turn In:
In Class:
Worksheet Amending the Constitution: formal and informal
and
Cover Marbury v Madison
Homework:
Make sure you are noting chp 3…..
10-11-11
A liberal calls it share-the-wealth – a conservative calls it soak-the-rich
Laurence J Peter
Turn In:
In Class:
notes on chp 3
Copy the best master graphic
Homework:
Complete worksheet Basic principles chart - cut and paste as given in class
and cut and paste (showing 2 copies here)
Make sure you are noting chp 3…..
Bill of Rights poster due Oct 12th but early bird points if turned in Oct11th
10-07-11
Liberals defend military spending and conservatives social spending – in their own districts
Robert Hall “Hall’s Laws of Politics”
Turn In:
In Class:
In assigned groups complete master graphic organizer of constitution
Homework:
Bill of Rights poster due Oct 12th but early bird points if turned in Oct11th
Make sure you are noting chp 3…..
cut and paste chart on principles of the Constitution
10-06-11
If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no head
Winston Churchill
Turn In:
In Class:
Fill in worksheet on Constitutional basics using key chart
charts: and
worksheet:
Graphic organizer of checks and balances
Homework:
Bill of Rights poster due Oct 11th but early bird points if turned in Oct 7th
HW make graphic of your assigned section of the Constitution
10-05-11
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it
William Pitt the Elder
Turn In:
In Class:
Test chp 2
Homework:
Bill of Rights poster due Oct 11th but early bird points if turned in Oct 7th
10-04-11
The best govt is one that makes itself superfluous
Goethe
Turn In:
In Class:
You haven’t seen the last of the Fed vs Antifed debate!
Examination of modern concepts via movie Empire of Reason
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/webcasts.htm
Homework:
Test chp 2 tomorrow
Bill of Rights poster due Oct 11th but early bird points if turned in Oct 7th
10-03-11
Any system of govt will work when everything is going well. It’s the system that functions in the pinches that survives.
John Kennedy. Closing words. Why England Slept. 1940
Turn In:
Idiot’s Guide to Federalist #10
In Class:
Intro to Cover It Live living blogging and a discussion of current issues as the Federalist and Antifederalist might view them.
Click on the page listed to the right as Class Events, blogs etc. or just use this link
http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Class+Events-++Blogs%2C+Live+Events%2C+%2C+etc.
Handout: Bill of Rights poster (due Oct 11th- early bird Oct 7th)
Bill of Rights worksheet/organizer
Homework:
Test chp 2 on Oct 5th
Bill of Rights due Oct 11th but early bird if turned in Fri Oct 7th



Chapter 1 and 2 Lecture Notes and Presentations


Prezi Presentation on Chp 1 Section 1 Foundations of Democracy
http://prezi.com/pttngnmv09zs/principals-of-govt-and-state/

Comparing Gov'ts:
Baker v Carr:
Govt' Foundations Part I -
Gov't Foundations Part II -
Gov't Foundations Part III -

Chart of what right comes from what foundation document

Gov't Philosophical Foundations (project basis)

Articles of Confederation - failure

The Constitution

Federalist vs Antifederalist debate

good sites fed v antifed http://library.thinkquest.org/11572/creation/framing/feds.html

Answers to chp 2 sec 1 and sec 2 worksheet which was due in class Fri Sept 9/23 , , and

Essential Questions you should be able to answer by the end of chp 2 -




Daily Agendas, Worksheets, Etc.



Unit 1: Foundations of Gov't

Date
Daily Agenda
09-06-11
A government of laws, and not of men.
John Adams
Turn In:
In Class:
Welcome!
Review syllabus.
How well can you pass the citizenship test? ,
Examining political cartoons: Does the Gov’t Do Anything Right?

Homework:
Create your American logo
Read and note chp 1 – *ONLY HANDWRITTEN NOTES ARE ACCEPTABLE. You will need to have this completed by Friday Sept. 9th
Return signed syllabus page or complete digital signature as found on wikilink http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
09-07-11
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
Thomas Jefferson
Turn In:
return signed syllabus page or complete digital signature as found on wikilink http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
In Class:
Discuss student created logos
Completion and review of U.S. and VA gov’t pretest
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Prezitation: Principals of Gov’t: "Give me liberty or give me death; preferably liberty" Patrick Henry interpreted by Jon Stewart
Examination of patriotism and 9/11. Behind the scenes look at the 9/11 memorial. http://news.yahoo.com/behind-the-scenes-look-at-9-11-memorial.html
Homework:
Read and hand note chp 1 by Friday Sept 9th. * must create handwritten notes. Book found under elearning. Prentice Hall. No password.
Create diagram/Tchart/ other representation of difference between democracy and dictatorship. This need not be elaborate.
Test chp 1 next Wednesday Sept 14th
Return signed syllabus page or complete digital signature as found on wikilink http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
09-08-11
A gov’t that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Barry Goldwater
Turn In:
Return signed syllabus page or complete digital signature as found on wikilink http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
In Class:
Examine dictatorship v democracy creations of last night
Presentation: Prezi - link http://prezi.com/pttngnmv09zs/present/?auth_key=gy3d2f6&follow=mlynde90@gmail.com
Review and complete charts of various forms of gov’t
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Answer Charts: ,
Homework:
Read and hand note chp 1 by Friday Sept 9th. * must create handwritten notes. Book found under elearning. Prentice Hall. No password.
Test chp 1 next Wednesday Sept 14th
Define 10 types of gov’t, give an example of each and provide a quick draw
Again – return signed syllabus page or complete digital signature as found on wikilink http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
09-09-11
What’s good economics is bad politics; what’s bad politics is good economics.
Eugene W. Baer “Baer’s Quartet.” In Paul Dickson, comp., The Official Rules, p. 27, 1989
Turn In:
Define 10 types of gov’t, give an example of each and provide a quick draw
Again – return signed syllabus page or complete digital signature as found on wikilink http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Forms+and+Surveys
In Class:
Quiz Chapter 1 Section 1
Handout: conservative and liberal take on economy
Homework:
Try to find something in your world referencing what we have discussed this week.
Chapter 1 pt 3 Foundations of American democracy worksheet

09-12-11
All animals are equalBut some animals are moreEqual than othersGeorge Orwell. The farm’s “single commandment,” Animal Farm
Turn In:
In Class:
Round robin discussion current events
Review chp 1 sec 3 worksheet
Activity worksheet: 10 principles of American gov’t,
,
Must voting districts be equal in population Baker v Carr? Activity: plan a district
http://www.redistrictinggame.org/
Homework
Test chp 1 on Wed Sept 14
Substitute teacher tomorrow: examination of Propoganda
09-13-11
In view of the primitive simplicity of their minds, [the masses} more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one
Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf
Turn In:
In Class
Activity: review principles of American gov’t cut and paste
,
Worksheet Recognizing PropogandRecognizing propaganda –

examining videos on living room candidate site
Homework:
Test chp 1 on Wed Sept 14
09-14-11
Property has its duties as well as its rights
Thomas Drummond. Letter to the Earl of Donoughmore, 22 May 1838
Turn In:
In Class
Test chp 1
Homework:
Begin notes on chp 2
09-15-11
If the Constitution was meant to be written in stone it would have been written in stone
Jon Stewart
Turn In:
In Class:
Examination of philosophical foundations of American gov’t – part 1
Homework: worksheet on Declaration of Rights
09-16=11
The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Turn In: none
In Class:
Examination of American Foundations II: Defining Democracy – a.k.a. its mob rule baby!
Activity: Democracy in America

Examination: How Founding Fathers merged natural rights with classical republicanism
Homework:
Worksheet reviewing early political beginnings of Virginia: Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

09-19-11
A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
Henry David Thoreau “Civil Disobedience”
Turn In: Worksheet reviewing early political beginnings of Virginia: Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
In Class:
Examination of Gov’t Foundations III: The most difficult spelling bee word – a living hell below decks – and a little poetry
Exit: quick draw philosophical foundations
Homework:
Read and note chp 2
09-20-11
There are inalienable obligations as well as inalienable rights
Abraham Joshua Heschel Who Is Man?
Turn In: Va documents worksheet
In Class:
Worksheet on foundations
Ppt explanation to be used to fill in worksheets
Gov't Philosophical Foundations
Foundations Project. Workday Sept. 23. Due Sept 28th. Early Bird extra 10 points if turned in before Sept. 28th. Test grade!

quick draw
Homework:
Read and note chp 2
09-21-11
Anonymous: What kind of constitution do you favor?
Lysander: Whichever gives brave men and cowards their due
Lysander (5th c B.C.) Spartan commander. Format
adapted in Plutarch “Sayings of the Spartans: Lysander)
Turn In:
In Class:
Lecture: Origins of the Constitution
Worksheet chp 2 section 1 and 2
,
Homework
Continue to read and note chp 2
Worksheet chp 2 section 1 and 2
09-22-11
COUNSELORS WILL SPEAK IN CLASS
09-23-11
The American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck of at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.
William Ewart Gladstone. “Kin Beyond Sea”
Turn In:
Worksheet chp 2 section 1 and 2
In Class:
Foundations project work
Homework
Continue to read and note chp 2
Test chp 2 Wed Oct 5
09-26-11
The people made the constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will.
John Marshall, Cohens v Virginia, 1821
Turn In:
In Class:
Quiz on Foundations of Constitution
Lecture: AOC failure
Analysis/worksheet structure of Articles of Confederation

Homework:
Continue to read and note chp 2
Worksheet structure of Articles of Confederation
tomorrow is last day of in-class project work
Test Wed Oct 5th
09-27-11
I swear to the Lord
I still can’t see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me
Langston Hughes, “The Black Man Speaks”
Turn In:
Worksheet Less Than Perfect Union
In Class:
Due or die project time
Worksheet Ratifying the Constitution
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Homework:
Worksheet Ratifying the Constitution
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Continue to read and note chp 2
Constitutional Foundations project due tomorrow
Test Wed Oct 5th
09-28-11
Crafty men condemn studies; simple men admire them; and wise men use them.
Francis Bacon “Of Studies”
Turn In:
common craft Constitution foundations project
Worksheet Constitution Convention
In Class:
Review Constitutional Structure
Review chp 2 essential questions
Homework
Worksheet Chp 2 pt 5

Test Fri Sept 30 Chp 2
09-29-11
Must a govt, of necessity, be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?
Abraham Lincoln. Message to Congress 3 Dec 1861
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In Class:
Federalist v Antifederalits
Federalist #10
Worksheet to use in Examining Federalist #10
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Activity due end of class tomorrow 10-03-11. Idiot's Guide to Federalist #10
Exit ticket: respond to Abraham Lincoln quote posted (look to the left)
Homework:
Idiots Guide due Oct 3rd
Test chp 2 on Wed Oct 5th
09-30-11
A govt of laws not of men
John Adams
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In Class:
Some class time given to work on Idiot’s Guide to Federalist #10 which is due Oct 3rd
Examining George Mason: Federalist or Antifederalist?
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Homework:
Idiot’s Guide to Federalist #10 due Oct 3rd
Test chp 2 on Wed Oct 5th



10-03-11
Any system of govt will work when everything is going well. It’s the system that functions in the pinches that survives.
John Kennedy. Closing words. Why England Slept. 1940
Turn In:
Idiot’s Guide to Federalist #10
In Class:
Intro to Cover It Live living blogging and a discussion of current issues as the Federalist and Antifederalist might view them.
Click on the page listed to the right as Class Events, blogs etc. or just use this link
http://mlynde.wikispaces.com/Class+Events-++Blogs%2C+Live+Events%2C+%2C+etc.
Handout: Bill of Rights poster (due Oct 11th- early bird Oct 7th)
Bill of Rights worksheet/organizer
Homework:
Test Chp 2 on Wed 10-05
10-04-11
The best govt is one that makes itself superfluous
Goethe
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In Class:
You haven’t seen the last of the Fed vs Antifed debate!
Examination of modern concepts via movie Empire of Reason
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/webcasts.htm
Homework:
Test chp 2 tomorrow
10-05-11
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it
William Pitt the Elder
Turn In:
In Class:
Test chp 2
Homework:
Bill of Rights poster due Oct 11th - early bird points if turned in Oct 7th