Civics March 2009

 

 

 

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Theme I: Citizenship and Civic Duty

Purpose: To recognize the responsibilities of citizenship and acquire skills necessary to affect change.

Essential Questions

What is citizenship?

How do political processes enable or restrict individuals to engage with political issues related to government and society?

Focus Questions:

What do the ideological terms mean (liberal, conservative, libertarian, etc)?

What should every citizen know in order to be able to affectively to participate in democracy?

How does the US Congress make laws?

 

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  1. Quiz Today -- Reminder: Go to Currently on the House Floor and review a bill currently in the process
  2. The House Floor Cartoon Analysis
  3. Know: Significance/role of the:
    • majority leader          

    • majority whip 

    • minority leader

    • minority whip

    • party caucus

    • speaker of the House

HW:

Rewrite bills if needed or grade stands

Vote on Current Legislation!

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Review Legislative Branch

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Test Today

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Theme II: Power, Public Policy and Publicity

Purpose:  Critically examine political parties, associations, media groups and public opinions that influence government policy and to recognize bias in political rhetoric.

Essential Questions:  

How do political processes enable or restrict individuals to engage with political issues related to government and society?

How are citizens informed and influenced?

Focus Questions:

What represents us better as citizens -political parties or interest groups?

How has media transformed politics

Do television ads reflect and address the concerns of the voting public

How has the internet changed the presidential campaign process?

 
16  Political Parties

EQ: How do political processes enable or restrict individuals to engage with political issues related to government and society?

U: Political parties are not included in the US Constitution and that the Framers opposed them.

K: Why the framers opposed "factions", reasons pps were created, and the role they play today.

D: Explain the advantages/disadvantages of political parties

 

17 18 Third Parties: Why is it so difficult for a viable third party to emerge in the American political system?

U: Third Parties tend to emerge during periods of historical change or stress, are centered on specific issues that many feel are not being addressed adequately by the two major parties and attain short-term popularity; the specific issues are typically absorbed by the two major parties

K:  The four most significant third parties in American history, and the elections in which they made their mark; each received at least  10% of the popular vote in its associated election

D: Determine the issues that were of primary concern and where each party stood on those issues

 

HW: review the party platforms for two of the third parties that  announced candidates for the 2008 election and respond to the qs.

user name: litchfield

password: cowboys
 

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  1. Compare Current Third Party Platforms with those from the past. What has changed/stayed the same? Why are third parties important for our understanding of how government responds to the needs/wants of the people?
  2. Interest Groups: Answer the discussion questions and complete the activity qs 1-7. Also answer: When it comes to public awareness and garnishing support for political issues, which has more influence -  3rd parties or interest groups?  Why?

user name: litchfield

password: cowboys

HW: Finish Interest Group Assignment

EQ: How are citizens informed and influenced?

How has media transformed politics?

Do television ads reflect and address the concerns of the voting public?

How has the internet changed the presidential campaign process?

 

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Schema

  1. Discuss Interest Groups

K: How interest groups influence policy

U: Most interest groups put their own agenda before the common good.

D: Compare political parties to interest groups in order to determine which has a greater influence on policy; what represents us better as citizens -political parties or interest groups?

 

HW: Study for Quiz: Review all Theme II assignments to date.

 

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EQs:

How are citizens informed and influenced?

How has media transformed politics?

 

Quiz!

 

HW:

  1. President's Message: Watch and post a question/comment; call congress or join a canvas!

Be able to discuss the issues raised and your thoughts on not only the issues but the medium used to convey to the public.

  1. Media:

Ad Comparison (it takes at least 30 seconds for the commercials to run - be patient!)

FYI: All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"... What does One Trillion dollars look like?

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EQ: How are citizens informed and influenced?

How has media transformed politics?

Do television ads reflect and address the concerns of the voting public?

How has the internet changed the presidential campaign process?

 

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Politics and Popular Culture: Television

"Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it."
-Television producer and Nixon campaign consultant Roger Ailes, 1968

HW: Analyze an election TV commercial not covered in class. Qs 1-12 and discussion qs 1-3.

Alternate Commercial site

More info on "Daisy"

   

Politics and Popular Culture: The Internet

EQ: How are citizens informed and influenced?

Understand:  That the stylistic and contextual differences between Web ads and traditional television commercials reflect a paradigm shift in median used to express political messages.

Know:  How is getting information from the Internet different than getting it from television or a newspaper? How does the interactive nature of the Internet affect our relationship to the material that we view online?

Do: See Attached Lesson