Wednesday, May 29: Today was our Supreme Court Simulation. We had three cases presented and the Supreme Court came up with a ruling for each.
Due: McCulloch v. Maryland, The "Supreme" in Supreme Court
In Class: Supreme Court Simulation Participation
Homework: All work due Friday
Friday, May 30: No class due to Day of Service.
Extra Credit: Research a Supreme Court case and answer the following questions. The depth of your answers will determine the number of points you receive.
1. What is the case about?
2. What constitutional issues does the case deal with? Why are those the issues?
3. What is the precedent for this case?
4. What do you think the ruling should be? Why?
5. What did the Supreme Court decide in real life? Why was that their decision?
Tuesday, May 21: Students took the unit test on local government and citizenship. If absent, see Ms. Nay ASAP. They then were given roles for the Supreme Court simulation.
Due: Citizen Me
In Class: Unit Test
Thursday, May 23: Students had time to prep the Supreme Court simulation. If they were ready, we began. Otherwise, the simulation will be next class (Wednesday).
In Class: Sim Prep
Homework: Be ready for simulation
Monday, May 13: We learned about municipal governments. As a class we read about municipal governments. Students were then assigned to research cities/towns, counties, school boards, or special districts and complete the notes section from last class about them. The students then jigsawed, sharing their answers. They then either played Counties Work on iCivics or worked on the homework.
Due: County Governments
In Class: Municipal Governments notes (turned in)
Homework: Municipal Government packet
Wednesday, May 15: Students learned about government participation today. They completed a paper assignment about involvement in government. When completed, they got onto icivics.org and played one of the following: Counties Work, Responsibility Launcher, or Activate.
Due: Municipal Government packet
In Class: Participation in Government assignment
Friday, May 17: We continued the discussion of citizen participation in government. We then reviewed for the test next class.
In Class: Citizen Me
Tuesday, May 7: We learned about state governments today, and focused specifically on Utah, comparing the federal government to the Utah state government. Students took notes on the comparison. They then completed the State Legislatures reading and assignment.
Due: What States Do
In Class: State government notes
Homework: State Legislatures
Thursday, May 9: Today we discussed more local governments and how they work.
Due: State Legislatures
In Class: Participation
Homework: Local Government
Monday, April 29: First, students presented on how the US has used protectionist measures. We then read an introduction to international organizations. Next, we finished the International Trade Terms paper. Then students were given an international organization to learn about and then help their peers complete a chart for. We will complete the chart next class. For homework, students were given a worksheet to complete about an international organization the US is currently a member of.
Due: Protectionist measures presentation
In Class: Presentations, International Trade Terms, International Organizations Chart
Homework: International Organization Worksheet
Wednesday, May 1: First, we discussed the role of the US in international trade. We then reviewed for the test next class period. In the last part of class, we discussed how election results are evaluated.
Due: International Organization Worksheet
In Class: Review
Homework: Study for test
Friday, May 3: Students took their test on the US Internationally. If absent, see Ms. Nay ASAP to take the test. Students were then introduced to state governance.
In Class: US Internationally Unit Test
Tuesday, April 23: Today we discussed the foundations of international trade. We discussed opportunity cost, absolute advantage, comparative advantage, and bilateral trade agreements through some mini-sims. Students practiced finding comparative advantage between countries and forming bilateral agreements. We also define capitalism, free trade, and protectionism.
In Class: Vocabulary, Comparative Advantage Simulation Handout
Homework: Comparative & Absolute Advantage Enrichment
Thursday, April 25: We added to our vocabulary means of interaction in trade, defining: tariff, sanction, embargo, quota, subsidy. Students were assigned a term to find a real example of US use of the term and then present it to the class. We then completed an overview of US history of trade, defining international organizations the US is involved in.
Due: Comparative & Absolute Advantage Enrichment
In Class: Completed International Trade Foundations page, Mini presentation
Homework: Complete presentation
Monday, April 1: Students took notes about the history of US Foreign Policy. Slides are on the documents page if absent. They then played "Crisis of Nations" on icivics.org.
Due: Foreign Policy
In Class: History of US Foreign Policy Notes
Wednesday, April 3: We finished our notes on the history of US Foreign Policy. Students then did a little research into current foreign policy. Next, students were divided into teams for the mini-sim. They were given a scenario and they must research and prepare a recommendation for the President on how to act.
In Class: History of US Foreign Policy Notes, Mini-Sim Recommendation
Homework: Mini-Sim Recommendation
Friday, April 5: Students presented their recommendations to the President. However, some of the scenario changed from last class, so they must quickly adapt their recommendation for the most current events.
Due: Mini-Sim Recommendation
In Class: Mini-Sim Recommendation
Homework: What is US Foreign Policy today? Report
Tuesday, March 26: We concluded our Senate Simulation today. The remaining students gave their advocacy speeches and the students voted. With the remaining time students wrote their Senate Report.
In Class: Senate Simulation
Homework: Senate Report
Thursday, March 28: Today we learned about US Foreign Policy.
Due: Senate Report
In Class: Foreign Policy discussion
Homework: Foreign Policy
Monday, March 18: Students had more time to work on writing out their formal bills and preparing their advocacy speeches.
In Class: Formal bills & speeches
Homework: Bills and speeches ready for committees
Wednesday, March 20: Students met in their committees, presenting their bills and discussing which bills to keep, which ones to amend, and which ones to discard.
Due: Formal bills & advocacy speeches
In Class: Committee meetings
Homework: Bills ready to be presented on Senate floor
Friday, March 22: Today we held our official Senate session. Bills were introduced, discussed, and voted on. Students took notes on their voting.
Due: Bills for Senate
In Class: Voting record
Tuesday, March 12: Students first took the Unit 2 (Constitution) Test. They then came up with 5 bill ideas.
In Class: Unit Test
Homework: 5 bill ideas
Thursday, March 14: Students chose one bill idea to focus on, researched, and wrote a speech about their bill.
Due: Bill ideas
In Class: Research & advocacy speech