Tuesday, May 23: Today was the Judicial Branch Unit Test. Students then prepared for the mock trial next class and next week.
In Class: Judicial Branch Unit Test
Homework: Mock Trial Prep
Thursday, May 25: Today was our mock trial. Students received participation points for participating correctly.
In Class: Mock Trial Participation
Homework: None (unless your mock trial is next class, in which case be sure you are prepared)
Monday, May 15: Today we discussed how the court "elevator" works (trial to appellate to supreme). We then learned about different sources of the law, including criminal, civil, military, and juvenile courts. Students then started playing Trial Court Go Fish, learning about the different roles of people in a trial court.
In Class: Sources of Law, Trial Court Go Fish
Homework: Sources of Law
Wednesday, May 17: Today we re-enacted a transcript of a trial about the James Bond movies. Students had to look at the evidence and come up with a verdict. With leftover time, they continued their Trial Court Go Fish games.
Due: Sources of Law
In Class: Bond in a Honda
Friday, May 19: Today we practiced interpreting the Constitution as the Supreme Court has to do. We also learned more specifically how the federal and state court systems work.
In Class: Interpreting the Constitution, Judicial Deep Dive
Homework: Judicial Deep Dive, Study for Judicial Branch Quiz next class
Tuesday, May 9: Students took the executive branch unit test today. If absent, please come to a lab to make it up ASAP. They then completed the assignment Judicial Branch in a Flash.
In Class: Judicial Branch in a Flash, Executive Branch Test
Homework: Finish Judicial Branch in a Flash
Thursday, May 11: Today was the Cabinet Simulation. We then started talking about sources of law.
Due: Judicial Branch in a Flash
In Class: Cabinet Simulation, Sources of Law
Homework: Sources of Law
Monday, May 1: Today we learned about foreign policy, taking some notes and completing an assignment about it. Students also played some games on iCivics.
Due: Kid's Coin
In Class: Foreign Policy (turned in)
Homework: Very Big Branch assignment due next class
Wednesday, May 3: Today we reviewed what we have learned about the Executive Branch. Students were also introduced to the Cabinet Simulation and given roles.
Due: A Very Big Branch
In Class: No specific assignment
Homework: Study Cabinet assignment
Friday, May 5: Students played the game "Executive Command" on iCivics. They then met with their Cabinet members to discuss their strategy in the simulation next class. If time left, students read the Judicial Branch in a Flash assignment as a table, and began to work through the assignment.
In Class: Executive Command Game, Cabinet Sim Strategy, Judicial Branch in a Flash (started)
Homework: Prepare for Cabinet Simulation next class
Tuesday, April 25: Students who were absent last class presented their bill advocacy speeches. We then learned about the powers given to the executive branch by the Constitution. Students then began to learn about how big the executive branch really is.
In Class: All in a Day for the President; Started A Very Big Branch
Homework: Finish All in a Day
Thursday, April 27: Students learned about how the executive and legislative branches work together with a hypothetical bill about the creation of a 'kid's coin'. Students then created their own 'kid's coin'.
Due: All in a Day
In Class: Kid's Coin, Work on A Very Big Branch
Homework: Finish Kid's Coin
Monday, April 17: Students worked on their advocacy speeches for their bills. They must share it with Ms. Nay as well as the official bill proposal for next class.
In Class: Advocacy Speech
Homework: Advocacy Speech and Official Bill Proposal shared by next class
Wednesday, April 19: Students were divided into committees to present and discuss their bills. The committees decided which bills passed committee to move onto the Senate floor. Those bills chosen will present their advocacy speeches in class next time.
Due: Advocacy Speech and Official Bill Proposal
In Class: No assignments
Friday, April 21: Those students whose bills were chosen gave their advocacy speeches to the class. The class then voted on each bill that made it to the floor. Next, students created a report on the simulation. This can be a written essay, newspaper article, collage, or other visual representation of what happened in the simulation.
In Class: Reporting the Simulation
Homework: Reporting the Simulation
Tuesday, March 28: Students gave their introductory speeches to the Senate. They must share with or print a copy for Ms. Nay. They then began to research a bill they would like to create.
Due: Introductory Speech
In Class: Gave speeches, research and write bill
Homework: Research bill
Thursday, March 30: Students continued to research and write their bills. They also started to write their advocacy speech for the bill.
Due: Bill research
In Class: Write bill. start to write advocacy speech
Homework: Work on advocacy speech
Monday, March 20: Students researched their assigned state for the senate simulation, completing the state data sheet. If time, they began making their 're-election campaign poster'.
In Class: State data sheet
Homework: Finish state data sheet
Wednesday, March 22: We reviewed for the test next class. Students then worked on their campaign posters. If time, they began to write their Senate Introductory Speeches.
Due: State data sheet
In Class: Campaign poster
Homework: Study, finish campaign poster
Friday, March 24: Students took the test on the Legislative Branch. If absent, please come to a lab ASAP to take this. Students then wrote their Senate Introductory Speeches.
Due: Campaign Poster
In Class: Legislative Branch Test; Introductory speech
Homework: Finish and print two copies of Senate Introductory Speech
Tuesday, March 14: Today we did an activity to learn about voting in Congress. Students completed some notes about the factors that go into voting in Congress. We then discussed some issues Congress may encounter and how they would decide if they had the power to act.
Due: Congress in a Flash; Why do we have a House and a Senate?
In Class: Voting in Congress notes and activity
Thursday, March 16: Students completed the web quest "Making Laws' (Link below). The questions are answered on their own paper. They then played the iCivics game "Lawcraft". After the game, students completed a simple game review assignment. If time, they began the state research for the senate simulation.
In Class: Making Laws Webquest; Lawcraft game
Homework: All late work due tomorrow