Civics December 2009-10

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CSS 1.8 - Describe the interactions between citizens and their government in the making and implementation of laws.

  • Explain the factors that contribute to making and implementing of laws
  • Analyze the relationship between law enforcement and personal behavior.
  • Describe examples of laws that have been modified to meet the changing needs of society
 
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Computer Lab:

Fourth Amendment: Cops, Cars, and the Constitution Answer Key: Compare the court findings with your own.What was the decision of the court vs. your own. Re-read the case.  Do you agree with the majority ruling or dissent? Would you have had a Concurrent opinion? What would it be? Why?

If you do not remember the terms in bold look them up!

HW: Join the Discussion: Choose a topic and participate in the on-line, moderated discussion. Print the topic and response for class discussion/share on Thursday.

Second Amendment: District of Columbia v. Heller 2nd Amendment Case.

Agree/disagree? Why?

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 Join the Discussion

 

HW: Prep for Unit 2 test

Unit II  Essential Question: How are power and responsibility distributed, shared, and limited in the government established by the United States Constitution?

  • 3 Branches: Powers, Checks/Balances
  • Supreme Court: Cert worthy, Stare Decisis cases
  • Legislative Branch: Bill to law process
  • Executive Branch: Executive Powers
  • Constitution: Bill of Rights, 14th Amendment

 

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Happy Hanukkah!

 

Unit III: 21st century Political Process

Essential Question: How are citizens informed and influenced?

 

Performance Standard:

CSS 1.8 - Describe the interactions between citizens and their government in the making and implementation of laws.

·        Analyze the role of blogs, media and advertising in influencing voting and lawmaking

·        Assess the role of lobbying and citizen petitioning in shaping legislation.

Take a position on a current policy issue and attempt to influence its formation, development and implementation

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Share Join the Discussion topic. What did you learn?

Discuss the 2nd Amendment Case: Agree/disagree? Why?

Review Civil Liberties vs. Civil Rights

HW: UNIT II Test Wed

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Unit II Test

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Unit III: 21st century Political Process

Objectives:

  • Analyze the role of the internet in influencing voting and lawmaking
  •       Assess the role of lobbying and citizen petitioning in shaping legislation.

 

Organizing for America (skip log in and go to the main page - click on  "Obama Plan" then "Read the Plan".

Task: Review the Obama plan and identify at least 3 (1 from each category) pieces of information supporting Obama’s statement (argument for reform) on Health Care.

  • Realistic claim? Why/why not?
  • Agree? Disagree? Why?
  • Research the opposing side, list argument and source.
  • Valid concern? Why?
  • Agree/disgree? Why?

How would this current policy issue be different without the use of the internet promoting/disputing the Bill?

Finish for HW

 

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HW: Relax and Enjoy!

 

 

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Ho Ho Ho!

The History of Christmas

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Merry Christmas!