Tuesday, February 19: Today we learned about the Executive Branch. Students were assigned a section of Article 2 of the Constitution to read and summarize for the class. The students then labeled the main points of each paragraph in Article 2. Next, students played Executive Command on icivics.org to better understand the responsibilities of the President.
Due: Congress in a Flash
In Class: Annotate the Constitution, Article 2
Homework: All in a Day's Work/A Very Big Branch
Thursday, February 21: We discussed the game Executive Command from last class and what students learned from playing. Students also tried their hands at passing another bill through Congress. Next, we discussed the concept of Federalism and why the writers of the Constitution chose it to form our government.
Due: All in a Day's Work/A Very Big Branch
In Class: Federalism
Homework: Finish Federalism
Tuesday, February 12: Students analyzed various Federalist Papers. They then were divided into two sides and debated as Federalists or Anti-Federalists.
Due: Anatomy of the Constitution
In Class: Federalist Paper Analysis; Debate
Homework: Federalist Papers Packet
Thursday, February 14: Today we discussed the Legislative Branch. Students took notes on the jobs, powers, and functions of the branch.
Due: Federalist Papers Packet
In Class: Legislative Branch Notes
Homework: Legislative Branch At A Glance
Monday, February 4: Students took the unit test on Foundations of Government. If absent, see Ms. Nay ASAP for when you can take the test. Students then read the text for Wanted: A Just Right Government and began working on the crossword on the back.
Due: All work for Unit 1
In Class: Unit Test; Wanted - A Just Right Government
Homework: Wanted - A Just Right Government
Wednesday, February 6: Students analyzed various Federalist Papers and discussed the different views of the Constitution.
Due: Wanted - A Just Right Government
In Class: Federalist Papers analysis
Homework: The Federalist Papers
Friday, February 8: Students received a pocket sized booklet with the Constitution. As a class, we annotated and broke down the Constitution's parts. We matched each Article to what it is about. Students then worked on the Anatomy of the Constitution assignment.
Due: The Federalist Papers
In Class: Constitution Annotation
Homework: Anatomy of the Constitution
Tuesday, January 29: Today we discussed the Rule of Law. Students participated in various skits to illustrate what can happen when there is no Rule of Law. We also reviewed the features of a state and limits on government. Students then completed an assignment on the Rule of Law.
Due: Limiting Government
In Class: Skit Participation, Rule of Law
Homework: Rule of Law
Thursday, January 30: Students participated in a review activity for the unit test next class. We then reviewed what they learned in US History about British Rule and the Articles of Confederation.
Due: Rule of Law
In Class: British Rule & The Articles of Confederation
Homework: Study for Test
Wednesday, January 23: Students completed guided notes with the accompanying slides (found on Documents page). We discussed what a sovereign state is and students created their own sovereign state.
Due: Foundations of Government
In Class: Sovereign State Guided Notes
Homework: Sovereign State
Friday, January 25: Students discussed how and why we limit government. Students participated in an activity in which a governing body has no limits to power and then does have limits. We discussed the five main limits on governmental power.
Due: Sovereign State
In Class: Limiting Government notes
Homework: Limiting Government
Wednesday, January 14: Welcome to Government! Today we reviewed the disclosure and expectations for this class. We then discussed the question "What is government?" Students started the What is Government assignment.
In Class: Disclosure, What is Government
Homework: Disclosure, What is Government
Friday, January 16: We discussed the Foundations of Government today, including what government is responsible and where it gets its powers.
Due: Disclosure, What is Government
In Class: Started Foundations of Government
Homework: Foundations of Government
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