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CIVICS Students- This is the list of your most recent Civics Notebook check assignments:

1. 9/29  Civic Mirror Reading Checks 1,2,3 taped in
2. 9/29 Presidential Match- Pol. Spectrum Activities half sheet taped in
3. 10/1 2 Editorials- Liberal and Conservative (might be taped in)
4. 10/5 Political Parties Qs1-5 and chart (chart is taped in)
5. 10/13 10 Things About WA notes 1-5 (stamp)
6. 10/15 Hex Auction- 2 Paragraph response
7. 10/20 10 Things WA notes 6-10
8. 10/20 Colbert Response- News??
9. 10/20 Notes- How does Congress work?
10. 10/27 Mock Congress Reflection (taped in)
11. 10/29 Article I Green Worksheet- HAVE IT DONE
12.  10/27 Countable Congress Worksheet
13.  10/29 Paragraph in response to article- Fix Congress?


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 SIOP US History 2015-16

Week of November 23-25, 2015    OEAedXX

Monday November 23    O Day- No Class for us

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Purpose: To understand the various factions fighting for what they wanted in 1787 by Role Playing the Constitutional Convention!

Announcements: Tomorrow is a short day- be here!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, current events, M and B- correct codes for online TCI
2. Constitutional Convention Role Play!
a) prep- review and video clip- Shay’s Rebellion
Learn360: 5 min. clip
“Daniel Shays and A Nation in Chaos”
b) ppt- vocab and concepts to know- from role play
c) Role Play- finish introducing characters, write down your positions and make a speech, wheel and Deal, Constitutional Convention, Compare to Original

1. None tonight- we finish role play tomorrow!


Wednesday November 25, 2015    Aed Day - then Thanksgiving Break

Purpose: To further understand the different interests people had in 1787 by finishing Constitutional Convention Role play!

Announcements: Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

In Class:
Role Play-
a) finish Constitutional Convention
b) Compare to Original- no time yet

1. Study for Chapters 5 and 6 test- plus any information we learned on the D of I! Test will be Tuesday December 1st! NOTE- I uploaded 2 ppts to my documents page- these are ppts that I gave in class- might help you with some review.

Week of November 16-19, 2015

Monday November 16, 2015

Purpose: To understand how the Framers came to write the US Constitution by doing various activities for chapter 6 TCI.

Announcements: VOCAB- Federalism, Great Compromise, Slavery, Electoral College, Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Bill of Rights

In Class:
1. HW and agenda
2. Current events
3. The Preamble- start to sing it and take apart the words!

1. Keep memorizing Preamble- quiz on Thursday 11/19.
2. Due TOMORROW- TUESDAY 11/17- Do the preview activity for chapter 6 TCI in your History Notebook- Monarchy vs. Anarchy and answer the question posed in Notebook guide. Then read Tic ch.6.1.

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Purpose: To understand events that took place during the War for American Independence that shaped the making of the US Constitution by working individually and with group to read TCI ch.6 and analyze the information you learn, and to take on a role in our Constitutional Convention Role Play.

Announcements: Preamble quiz on Thursday! Test on TCI chapters 5 and 6, and on Role Play, on Tuesday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, Teacher stamps 6.1 in History Notebook
2. review vocab from yesterday and last week
3. TCI ch. 6- Creating the Constitution
a) intro activities- review Monarchy, Anarchy and 6.1
b) Take Notes and read from Government packet in class- what is Federalism, Articles of Confederation, NW Ordinance, etc- lecture from Ms. M

1. Memorize Preamble for Thursday’s quiz!    
2. Make more flashcards on chapters 5 and 6- to study for next Tuesday’s test!

Thursday November 19, 2015

Purpose: To examine different perspectives on what people wanted from their government in 1787 by role playing the Constitutional Convention from a variety of perspectives.

Announcements: Test will be the Tuesday AFTER Thanksgiving 12/1 - Ch. 5 and 6 and any other new concepts since our last test.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. TCI Log-in information, and make sure you have turnitin.com down correctly
3. Preamble quiz
4. The Constitutional Convention
a) review with PPT- from Tuesday- what was it like in USA in 1787???
b) video clips- Shay’s Rebellion-
c) Constitutional Convention Role Play!

1. Study for test in 10 days-  12/1
a) create study sheet for ch.5 TCI (like I explained in class)- also flashcards
b) start study sheet for TCI ch.6- parts 1, 2, 3- and notes we have taken so far
c) make sure D of I work we did in class is on your study sheet
2. Watch the news- come in prepared to talk!

Week of November 9-12, 2015    OEXEO WEEK FOR VETERAN’S DAY

Monday November 9, 2015        A DAY- NO CLASS FOR US

Tuesday November 10, 2015    CAREER CENTER DAY W/ MS. SPELLMAN

Purpose: To understand how the career center supports you and to plan for your future by going to the career center and doing step 1 of the the process for your junior/senior year.

Announcements:  No school tomorrow! Veteran’s Day!

In Class:
1. hw and Agenda, turn in Atlas work (2 sheets if you also did extra credit) and I stamp TCI 5.4.
2. Career Center!!!!

1. After our career center visit, research 1 college or program you find interesting. In your History Notebook, write down the name of the program or college, then write about what you like and do not like about this college/program. Then write if it looks like a good fit for you. Due Thursday.
2. Get caught up on US History and study your vocabulary and notes. Use a highlighter and make more flash cards. Test next week!

Thursday November 12, 2015

Purpose: To understand important ideas in the Declaration of Independence by writing down new vocabulary, reading and analyzing the D of I with a partner, and

Announcements:  You need to start memorizing the Preamble!!!!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Intro activity- what would it take for you to rise up and rebel against your government?- Video Clip of Ferguson
3. D of  I- why so important?!
a) finish D of I annotation of background essay
b) D of I vocab in notebook- Vocab: Unalienable, Abolish, Sovereignty, Despot, Tyranny
c) D of I in pairs- or pod quads- Political Ideology of the American Revolution
d) review D of I

1. Start to memorize the Preamble! Listen to and watch this link (make sure Close Captioning is on) for the Preamble to get you started. The chorus “We the People..” is the Preamble!
2. Highlight your notes from chapter 5 and make flash cards, including from our Declaration of Independence Vocabulary. We will have another test next week! Include any new vocab!

Week of November 2-5, 2015

Monday November 2, 2015


In Class:
1. hw and agenda, turn in Atlas work stapled together- name on both sheets!
2. Finish Role Play-
a) recap positions and check notes.
b) Wheel and Deal! Traveling Negotiators and Home Base person.
c) Your final decision!
3. Start your reflection HW

1. Due Tuesday- Write 3 paragraphs (based on our role play and studies in class) about why the Colonists went to war.
- Par. 1- What is the British perspective? (use at least 3 points of evidence from class activities)
-Par. 2- What is the Colonists’ perspective? (use at least 3 points of evidence from class activities)
- Par. 3- What do YOU think?? (use at least 3 points of evidence from class activities)
NOTE- Test corrections are during SAS on T, Th, T- or after school those days- due by 3:30 PM Tuesday November 10th.

Tuesday November 3, 2015

Purpose: To analyze additional reasons that the Colonists went to war against Great Britain, and how they did so, by reviewing with new partner, watching John Green video, and taking notes from reading TCI ch. 5.

Announcements:  Test Corrections are due by 3:30 PM Tuesday November 10th- use SAS and after school today and on Thursday and next Tuesday. Also, you have no school a week from Wednesday- November 11th is Veteran’s Day.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Teacher stamp 3 paragraphs- Review on Board- Meet Me At…Partner- Colonists view and British view of why a war by colonists against Great Britain.
3. Why did the Colonists go to war?
a) John Green Crash Course video viewing guide
b) TCI ch. 5- more complaints- add to your paragraphs and follow directions for Notebook Guide.

1. Finish TCI 5.2- add more to your notes from class. Use info from the pictures at bottom of pages 42-43 to fill in specific information about the Intolerable Acts under a,b,c,d. Also, take notes on Militias, and when fighting began, and Minutemen.  
2. Read TCI 5.3 and complete the Notebook Guide Venn Diagram in your History Notebook, following your 5.2 notes. Be specific when completing the Diagram, with many examples! Use your Notebook Guide for instructions.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Purpose: To understand how to annotate and OPVLize a primary source document by practicing this on my Mystery document!

Announcements:  I will not see you until Tuesday!

In Class:
1. Logistics:
a)  collect Atlas assignments Slavery in the Americas and The French and Indian War Changes America, stamp History Notebook TCI 5.2 and 5.3
b) return work
c) HW and agenda
d) go over returned essays- where to improve :)

2. Go over New Blue List for History Notebook

3. New skills to use all year and today!
a) what is OPVL?
b) What is Annotating the Text?
c) Annotate Mystery document together :)
d) Annotate Ideals Background Essay

1. Read TCI ch.5.4- Complete the Notebook Guide- draw and annotate the map of the battles or events of the American Revolutionary War. Due Tuesday November 10th.
2. Atlas work- required- A New Nation: The United States of America,  pp.40-41
Due Tuesday November 10th.
3. Extra Credit- Atlas Work- Patriots Fight the Revolutionary War pp.38-39. Due Thursday November 12th.

Week of October 26-29, 2015

Monday October 26, 2015 NON-STUDENT DAY

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Purpose: To prepare for our Role Play on the Acts of Parliament and learn why the USA became a country and had a Revolution by doing Atlas work and taking notes on ppt .

Announcements:  Watch the debate on Wednesday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, return graded work
2. Organizational moment!
3. Finish Atlas work for 13 British Colonies (SAS time extra credit for New World Map)
4. Why a revolution?- ppt notes on history and vocab

1. Watch at least 20 minutes of the Republican Debate on CNBC on Wednesday 10/28/15. Take notes. Bring in your questions! It starts at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.


Thursday October 29, 2015

Purpose: To understand why the British did what they did in the Colonies during the mid-late 1700s and how the actions of the British and the Colonists helped bring on war- by participating in Role Play!

Announcements:  Sunday- fall back 1 hour!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Sign out ATLAS for HW
3. Acts of Parliament Role Play
a) TCI ch. 5 Americans Revolt- sections 5.1 and 5.2
b) learn roles for role play and fill in Interior Monologue
c) Role Play!

Due Monday: Use Atlas AT HOME- Slavery in the Americas- pp.34-35
The French and Indian War Changes America  pp.36-37

Week of October 19-22, 2015

Monday October 19, 2015

Purpose: To learn how the US came to make a government with self-government people making the rules- (for some people- not all!) by reading TCI 4.3 together, taking notes on your chart (in your History Notebook) and matching pictures to concepts.

Announcements:  Many colleges are visiting RIGHT now! I give extra credit for going- up to two times. Usually lunch and SAS. Take notes and write me a paragraph about what you think about this school. Have Ms. Spellman sign your notes.

Your History Notebook will be due on Test Day- Thursday! Make sure you have page numbers in your notebook and have written page numbers on the left column on cream-colored sheet.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, stamp notebook HW
2. Meet me in…Activity
3. How to use flashcards in this class- cut them up and rubber band
4. How some people in US came up with idea that they should get to make own government rules- influences!
a) meet your partner from…
b) cut out parts you need and have glue stick ready
c) Read TCI 4.3 and fill in chart- match picture to idea as we go

1. The Quiz will be moved to Thursday!!! It will be over Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4 and Columbus activity. Study your notes and ideas from these chapters- highlight important ideas and underline in a color important vocabulary. Make flash cards for chapter 1 tonight- due next class. HISTORY NOTEBOOK DUE ON THURSDAY!

 Tuesday October 20, 2015

Purpose: To review ideas we have studied in this class as you prepare for your test by making flash cards and writing notes.

Announcements:  Test on Thursday, and History Notebook due on Thursday.

In Class:
1. HW and agenda
2. Go over History Notebook criteria
3. Finish ch. 4 chart
4. review for test- review notes with new Meet Me At…partner and start to make flash cards for all ideas ch.4, 3, 2, 1 and Columbus work.

1. Study for test- on Thursday. Get History notebook ready to turn in!

Thursday October 22, 2015

Purpose: To show what you have learned so far by taking the multiple choice and short answer test and and to learn about the development of the 13 Colonies and their links to slavery and Indian Removal by completing Atlas maps.

Announcements:  There will be test corrections, starting Tuesday SAS- lasts one week.

In Class:
1. turn in History Notebook
2. HW and agenda
3. select 5 flash cards to use (only for you!), then takeTest
4. KWL- Native Americans- what do we know now, and what do we still have to learn?
5. Atlas- maps on Exploitation and Settlement Begin- pp.24-25, New World to Europeans- pp.26-27 and The Thirteen British Colonies  pp.32-33- most students finished first map and started on second one.

None! Catch up on your sleep and make sure you have made up any missed work!


Week of October 12-15, 2015

Monday October 12, 2015

Purpose: To analyze another perspective on Columbus by watching film and taking notes, then deciding what to write for your textbook paragrahs.

Announcements:  Data Dashboard crashed last week. You may need to re-enter some information to get back up onto DD.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, return graded work
2. Columbus Day- what about Columbus? Take notes on video and discuss

Find one article on the internet about Columbus Day. Read it and note the website source for class discussion tomorrow. DO NOT WRITE THE TWO PARAGRAPHS YET- we are not yet done with the video.

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Purpose: To analyze the real impact of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas by deciding which facts/evidence are most important and writing about this in two paragraphs for your textbook. You will put this in turnitin.com

Announcements:  We are starting to study the Colonists arriving in what becomes America.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Set up Turnitin.com account for this class:
3. Rethinking Columbus
a) finish video
b) prep sheet for paragraphs
c) start paragraphs- 15 mins- typed paragraphs into turnitin.com are your homework

Your book has NO information on Columbus. You are going to write this information to make your text book better!  Using your notes from today’s activities to help you, type up 2 paragraphs for your textbook about Columbus and the Taino Indians, and the real impact of European arrival in the Americas. Use the words DISCOVERED, MYTH, ENCOUNTER plus whatever other new vocabulary you want to use in your paragraphs. Underline any new vocab words you chose to use. Use at least 3 specific pieces of evidence in each paragraph.  Due next class on your iPad! We will read from YOUR version of the textbook!

Thursday October 15, 2015

Purpose: To investigate the first non-Native American immigrants or forced migrants (slaves) to move to America by reading your TCI text book and filling in 2 illustrations/charts in your History Notebook.

Announcements:  You will have a test next Tuesday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. turnitin.com, vocab on the board from YOU, read your favorite line from your textbook entry
3. TCI ch.4
a) do you have your online account?
b) Presentation- what do you see in this picture, read 4.1
c) chart and illustration-TCI  4.2

1. Finish add and pictures for TCI ch.4.2, if not done in class.
2. Time for a quiz- next Tuesday!!! Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4 and Columbus activity. Study your notes and ideas from these chapters.

Week of October 5-8, 2015

Monday October 5, 2015

Purpose: To analyze ways in which Americans have and have not lived up to the 5 Ideals, in history and today, by writing the sentence frame essay. Also, to understand where Native Americans lived prior to European contact by doing Atlas work.

Announcements:  SIT WITH YOUR PARTNER FROM 5 IDEALS ACTIVITY. Also- this is HC week- dress up days-
Tuesday:  Denim Day.

Wednesday:  Hawaiian Tourist Day.
Thursday:  Panic Patterns Day (wear stripes, floral, tie-dye, polka dots – all at the same time).
Friday 12:45 p.m. Assembly: Class color Day (freshman – green sophomores – royal blue, juniors – neon yellow, seniors – neon pink)

In Class:
1. HW and agenda, turn in HW maps
2. Founding Ideals- finish 5 Ideals essay

1. Finish 5 Ideals essay, if needed. Due Tuesday, start of class!!!!!


Tuesday October 6, 2015

Purpose: To understand how Native Americans came to North America, where Native Americans lived in the Americas prior to European contact, and what trade in West Africa was like before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade by reading maps and text and filling in Atlas information.

Announcements:  Open House is THIS Thursday October 8th- invite your family!

In Class:
1. HW and agenda, turn in 5 Ideals essay!
2. KWL in History Notebook- Native Americans in North America- what do you know, what do you want to know?
3. Atlas work- The Long Journey to America, Native Americans before Europeans and West African Trade before the TransAtlantic Slave Trade- Discuss!

1. Complete Question 1 from Ms. M’s handout “NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE EUROPEAN CONTACT.” Due Thursday.


Thursday October 8, 2015

Purpose: To analyze ways that Columbus and Native Americans have been shown in different sources by examining several texts and a video and taking notes/discussion.

Announcements:  Open House is tonight!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, stamp Question #1 from hw
2. Finish Atlas- the Long Journey- check it
3. VOCAB- Myth and Reality, Expansionist, Imperialism,  texts and start video clip- Columbus and Native Americans- what happened?


Week of September 29-October 1, 2015

Monday September 28, 2015    Non-Student Teacher Workday

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Purpose: To analyze ways in which the 5 American Ideals have and have not been upheld by Americans throughout American History.

Announcements:  Today you will write an essay on the American Ideals- hooray!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. American Ideals
a) circle up- 2 sentences your ideal America, from write up (say, don’t read!)
b) stamp and review text boxes and stamp HW from History Notebook- ch.2, review vocab
c) placards activity with partner, then step up and step back
3. Writing the essay!- gettting started

No HW tonight- we will write the essay next class!


Thursday October 1, 2015

Purpose: To practice creating a claim and providing support by writing Sentence Frame Essay on 5 Ideals.

Announcements:  Next week is Homecoming Week! Dress up!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. American Ideals- step up and step back- collect arguments for essay!
3. Essay development- writing your essay- sit with your partner:
a) pre-write activity
b)  consult with your partner, but write your own essay- fill in Sentence Frames for paragraphs 2, 3, 4.

Read TCI- ch. 3 parts 1, 2, 3- complete Handout of Maps and answer questions for parts 2 and 3. Due Monday!

Week of September 21-24, 2015

Monday September 21, 2015  An O Day- no class for us

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Purpose: To understand how your Atlas works and about early America (USA) by filling out Atlas worksheets, and to finish our discussion/mystery person activity for historiography study.

Announcements:  College Night- October 1st- SW theatre at 6:30-7:45 PM.  Prom shop for Homecoming clothes- see the bulletin.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Generation Z- what are you all about? Review Vocab so far
3. Finish Mystery Person in Groups- What is History?
4. Atlas Work- how does it work, what is going on in America pre-European Contact?

None :)


Thursday September 24, 2015

Purpose:  To analyze the meaning of the 5 ideals in US History by writing down vocab, reading TCI and taking notes with partner, and participating in movement activity with pictures. This is to prepare you to write a short essay on the 5 ideals!

Announcements:  I will see you in class for a half day tomorrow- Friday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. 5 Ideals of USA- TCI Ch. 2
a) Vocab- Cognitive Dictionary- 6 terms in your History Notebook
b) survey
c) read TCI ch. 2- work with partner to fill in information- read sections 1 and 2

1. In your History Notebook, write one paragraph on your Ideal America- aside from the word ideal, use at least 4 vocab words we have learned in this class in your answer. Underline each term as you use it. Due Friday 9/25.


Friday September 24, 2015     An A Day Early Dismissal- 25 Minute Classes

Purpose: To further understand the ways that America has and has not lived up to the 5 ideals by reading TCI and filling in boxes about 1776 and today with specific examples from the text.

Announcements:  No school for you on Monday- see you Tuesday!!!!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Finish TCI- parts 3-4

1. Finish TCI chapter 2 parts 5, 6 and 7- fill in chart as you go, which relates to parts 5 and 6- but read part 7, too! Due Tuesday 9/29. 

Week of September 14-17, 2015

Monday September 14, 2015

Purpose: To think about the role your generation plays in history by participating in activities and to learn to use the class Atlas by filling in 2 worksheets.

Announcements:  Open House is Thursday October 8, 2015 at 7 PM. Invite your parent/guardians! Homecoming week is October 5th-10th this year!

In Class:
1. HW and agenda
2. What is History?
a) define VOCAB TERM IDEAL- explain Vocab system- Marzanno’s Cognitive Dictionary
b) Write down this definition in your history notebook and on your cognitive dictionary sheet— VOCAB: PARADOX
 A paradox is when two ideas seem to contradict/be the opposite of each other, but are both true.
    Look at the bulletin board with the words "ideal" and "real"- talk about it together,         then go to your seat and write in your History Notebook: how do you think the word Paradox applies to the ideas presented here?
3. Your generation activities

1. Due Tuesday 9/15 in your history notebook. Look at the following website, then write one paragraph in your history notebook- does this website accurately show your generation? Include the date and title it My Generation.

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Purpose: To understand what it means to evaluate a source and what role this plays in the study of history by classifying ideas and marking the text on a reading.  

Announcements:  Check out Career Center for SAS and Lunchtime career and college visits! I give extra credit for attending 2 sessions- show me your notes!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Logistics- how to track assignments in your History Notebook- tape it in
3. Secret activity
4. What is history
a) classification— VOCAB: Paradigm
b) Read What is History together and Mark the Text/Number Paragraphs-
VOCAB- Historical Interpretation, Primary Source, Secondary source, Evidence- show examples- old vs. new newspapers, magazines
d) Read TCI ch. 1- with presentation

1. Complete the Personal History side of the handout from class- List 15 facts about you and your life. THEN, ask someone in your family or in your life (who has known you a long time) to list 5 more facts about you. List that person’s relationship to you, but not his or her name. DUE NEXT CLASS.


Thursday September 17, 2015

Purpose: To understand how history is interpretation by reading textbook and doing mystery person activity, and to get to know your Atlas!

Announcements:  Monday is an Odd day next week, and then Friday of next week is an A early release day! I will see you T, Th, F next week!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Logistics- fill in History Notebook assignments on cream colored paper
3. What is history?
a) Review Vocab - Historical Interpretation, Primary Source, Secondary source, Evidence
b) read elementary geography book-Primary source and interpretation
c) about YOU
d) finish TCI ch.1
e) Mystery Person Activity

1. Watch the news or listen to the news for 20 minutes. In your History Notebook, write down the SOURCE (where did you get the news), stories they covered and your one paragraph response/your thoughts about the news. Due Tuesday 9/22.

Week of September 9-11, 2015

Wednesday September 9, 2015

Purpose: To learn about each other and Ms. McFarlane by writing down information for Ms. M and talking in a small group/whole class discussion.

Announcements: Look at my website tonight/this afternoon- learn how it works!

In Class:
1.  Welcome, attendance, make your green name card
2. Homework- where to find it, write it down, supplies you need
3. Fill in Confidential Student Information Sheet.
4. About Ms. M

1. Get your supplies by Monday 9/14. See your counselor if you need help with this- they have many FREE supplies!
2. Look at my website tonight- see how it works. Due Thursday 9/10.


Thursday September 10, 2015

Purpose: To share who you are by participating in a small group and large group discussion, and to learn about how this class works by working on scavenger hunt with your elbow partner.

Announcements: If you are thinking about taking the ACT or SAT, talk to Ms. M. Now is the time to sign up for seniors and some juniors.

In Class:
1. SW expectations mini-lesson
2. HW and agenda, planners and how to use them! Start now!
3. Complete yellow index card information- turn in yellow card
4. About YOU! Pod-Quad group activity

1. Course Expectations Signatures due Monday 9/14
2.  Get your supplies by Monday 9/14. See your counselor if you need help with this- they have many FREE supplies!
3. Scavenger Hunt- due Monday 9/14- we will work on it in class on Friday, but needs to be finished by Monday.

 Friday September 11, 2015

Purpose: To understand the expectations for this class by participating in the scavenger hunt, and to begin to learn how your Atlas works by completing a worksheet.

Announcements: Bring all of your supplies for check off on Monday!

In Class:
1. HW and agenda- take out your planner- add important dates for SW and tonight’s hw for US History
2.  Scavenger Hunt and class expectations (hand out)- with elbow partner (15 mins)
3. 9/11- What is History?

1. Course Expectations Signatures due Monday 9/14
2.  Get your supplies by Monday 9/14. See your counselor if you need help with this- they have many FREE supplies!
3. Finish Scavenger Hunt- due Monday 9/14.



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CIVICS: Fall 2015

Week of November 23-25, 2015    OEAedXX WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING

Monday November 23, 2015        O DAY- NO CLASSES FOR US

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Purpose: To understand the how the Supreme Courts and the Federal Court system work in the USA by watching ppt, working in small group and taking notes on film.

Announcements:  Short day tomorrow- we will have fun but relevant things to do!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Blue Civics Notebook Guide- tape in 2 papers on the Court.
3. The Supreme Court
a) Pod-quad- discuss Supreme Court- what you know
b) notes- Supreme Court Process
d) ppt on the Court- why imp?
4. The courts and electoral college
a) Read Zinn excerpt aloud and do activity with text- thesis= interesting, based in evidence, has opinion element.
b) butterfly ballot and background
c) Video- Unprecendented- track state vs. federal courts- started, will finish Wednesday

1. Read War of Words article and answer Qs on handout. Due next class meeting.

Wednesday November 25, 2015    A Early Dismissal Day for Thanksgiving

Purpose: To analyze ways in which the courts played a role in the election of 2000 example by finishing film “Unprecedented.”

Announcements:  Test on Articles II and III (Executive and Judicial branches) plus review from Article I, Political Spectrum and Govt. 101 on Tuesday December 1st. CM Year 2001 election will be Monday! All House of Reps seats are open, along with one Senate seat! Be prepared!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Finish film Unprecedented- take notes on handout from Tuesday.

1. Study for Articles II and III test, - FEDERAL BUDGET INCLUDED- plus review of Article I, Govt 101 and Political Spectrum- make study sheet and perhaps flash cards. test will be Tuesday Dec. 1st
2. Work on your CAP, if that works in your schedule.
3. Extra Credit- Read 1 article and 1 editorial on access to the vote- voter ID laws and Felons and the Vote. Answer on separate paper- underline title and use full heading- for each article, identify the main argument of the author, at least 3 points of evidence used by author to support their thesis, and then provide your personal opinion on that particular topic, supported by strongest evidence you found (at least 2 points of evidence). Due Tuesday December 1st.

Week of November 16-19, 2015

Monday November 16, 2015

Purpose: To learn how the court system works by practicing with Civic Mirror!

Announcements:  CM end of year 2000 Rubric, application for status points and typed reflection due Thursday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda,
2. CNN Student news- Paris- discuss, debate check-in
3. National Court (30 mins). Use script- pages 98-100

1. Read inter-year Action- pp.105-108- CM Reflection Rubric, Typed Page and application for Status Points- all stapled together- due Thursday!
2. Judicial Branch Handouts (2 purple sheets)- read and mark up/annotate information sheet, use Constitution Article III and internet research and fill in other purple sheet. Due Tuesday.


Tuesday November 17, 2015

Purpose: To understand how the federal budget works, in general, by creating your own budget, taking notes on budget terms and examining the actual US budget in 2015.

Announcements:  We will probably have an Article II and III test next Tuesday. Start studying now :)

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, stamp Article III of Constitution handout (Judicial Branch)
2. ALL- fact checking websites
3. CM- end the year- Civics Notebook response
4. Executive Branch- power of MONEY- The Federal Budget

1. Finish CM Reflection- Due Thursday- 3 parts (rubric filled in by student, typed application for status points- application info is on back of your hidden agenda, and typed one page double spaced reflection on what you are learning about government from CM- thus far).
2. Supreme Court Overview HW- using official Supreme Court Website- fill out handout. Due Thursday.
3. Extra Credit- Warren Buffet reading and questions- due next Tuesday.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Purpose: To offer your ideas for adjusting the US Federal Budget by doing the Budget Puzzle and introduce elements of the Judicial Branch by taking notes and discussion.

Announcements:  Test on Articles II and III, plus review of political spectrum and Article I will be Tuesday AFTER Thanksgiving break- 12/1

In Class:
1. HW and agenda, turn in CM Rubric, stamp Supreme Court handout, check grades!
2. Return CAP OPVL rubric- credibility and limits!- CAP organizing moment- 8 mins.
3. Federal Budget-
a) NYT Budget puzzle
b) how the budget really works in 2015- NPP overheads
4. Intro Judicial Branch- Article III- the courts.
a) The Courts ppt- take notes on yellow organizer
b) Pod-quad- discuss Supreme Court- what you know

1. Work on CAP! Next action step. Plan to be done with action by end of winter break.
2. Read 5 things to know about Supreme Court- annotate reading for yourself.
3. Create flash cards and study for next test on Articles II and III, plus review on political spectrum and Article I. Test will be 12/1- Tuesday after Thanksgiving Break. Study now! Make a color coded 8 1/2X11 study sheet!

Week of November 9-12, 2015    OEXEO WEEK FOR VETERAN’S DAY

Monday November 9, 2015        A DAY- NO CLASS FOR US

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Purpose: To analyze the powers of the President and way we elect the president by participating in pod-quad and individual activities.

Announcements:  NEW SEATS!!!!  TRADING IS CLOSED!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, take back Civics Notebook and New Blue Sheet- don’t fill in yet- match my list.
2. CAP log check in- Check in then plan next steps- 8 minutes total.
3. CM: We have stopped trading- assess what you have and prepare for Town Hall on Thursday and National Court on Monday- 10 mins in class, most must be out of class!
4. The Executive Branch
a) Powers of the President- read pink sheet (back of legislative handout) for review
b) BACK of the goldenrod sheet that is a graphic organizer, what are the various Roles of the US President:
d) two truths and a lie, which role most important to you?
e) pod-quad- debrief on Obama article
f) Hail to you, Chief!, Term Limits,  Presidential Secession
5. Electoral College- how does it work and why was it developed?- Notes
a) review article, add to notes and come up with ideas in quad pod
b) class discussion and cool websites- fill in blue govt organizer part VIII

c) Electoral College- keep or abolish article and discussion

1. The 30-Second Ad reading and HW Questions (NOTE- the HW is JUST Qs 1-7 on front page- we will do the bottom part and the back side in class later)- due Thursday.
2. Watch at least 1/2 hour of the Republican Debate- it is on Fox Business News- on cable or you can stream it. Record time you are watching it, who is speaking and claims they make and any evidence they provide. List any questions you have at end of your time watching it. You will do the same for the Democratic Debate on Saturday- on CBS.
3 CM PREP!   
a) Read CM handbook on Town Hall- pp.94-97 (needed for Thursday’s class).
b)  Read CM packet pp.98-104 on National Court. (Needed for Thursday's class). YOU MUST DECLARE your intent to sue or impeach on Thursday at end of Town Hall, and prepare any lawsuits or legal challenges over the weekend for Monday’s class. You need to check your status and prepare any challenges or come up with complaints for Town Hall, then lawsuits (or impeachments) for National Court.
- if you are the National Judge or bringing or defending a case, know the script and plan VERY WELL- you MUST participate in an online discussion that you all create to prepare for Monday.
- Government- make sure that all laws and budget issues are properly and publicly posted on the CM government website.


Thursday November 12, 2015

Purpose: To understand how political ads work by watching examples and discussing, and to allow citizens of CM Nation a forum to tell government about their needs by participating in Town Hall.

Announcements:  Turn in Extra Credit on Nomination Process. Watch at least 1/2 hour of Democratic Debate on Saturday- take notes.

In Class:
1. HW and agenda- Look at National Court Materials on my documents page- if you are involved in bringing a case before the Court on Monday, prepare your materials, based on your role.
2. Logistics-
a) Go over CM Rubric
b) Turn in Going to war- who decides Cornell Notes
c) Tape debate notes into Civics Notebook
3. Electoral College- Pod- Quad notes, 3 arguments to keep and 3 arguments to abolish
4. 30 Second Ad- Discuss, examples, what to look for
5. CM: Town Hall- 45 Mins. ALL CM citizens are expected to participate and bring up their complaints (grievances) or what they like during the Town Hall- this is your chance, people!!!!!!!
At end- National Judge- call for criminal accusations and civil lawsuits- YOU MUST DECLARE YOUR CASE AT END OF TOWN HALL- speak to the government if you believe criminal charges are warranted against someone- only the government can prosecute people for a crime (this would be a criminal case). Any individual (or the government) can sue another individual or the government (this is a civil case).

1. Prepare for National Court if you are bringing a case. National Court is Monday! Review reading- National Court- pages 98-104.  Use document in my documents section of this website to guide you as you prepare.
2. Work on your CAP!
3. Watch at least 1/2 hour of the Democratic Debate on Saturday (you should be able to watch it online after the fact)- it is on CBS at 6 PM PST.
Record time you are watching it, who is speaking and claims they make and any evidence they provide. List any questions you have at end of your time watching it. Tape both debate responses into your Civics Notebook.
4. Read Truthiness and the two brief Citizen’s United articles- write 1 paragraph response for each concept- 2 paragraphs TOTAL- one paragraph on Truthiness and one paragraph on Citizen's United (based on looking at both Citizens United articles). Write them in your Civics Notebook- due Monday.

Save the Children by Fighting Truthiness:
1. Go to my documents page and read the PDF article on Truthiness Editorial- 1 Paragraph response

2. Info on Impact of Citizen’s United Case- 1 paragraph based on both of following 2 articles—

3. Graphs on How Citizens United Has Changed Politics:


Week of November 2-5, 2015

Monday November 2, 2015

Purpose: To show your understanding of the connection between law-making, lobbying and the economy, in order to prepare for tomorrow’s Spring Trading event, by taking part in Civic Mirror government event.

Announcements:  Spring Trading begins tomorrow! Bring your charged iPad, make sure you have read the background reading, and know how to communicate online  within civic mirror (critical). CAP OPVL annotated bib due tomorrow!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. turnitin.com info- register
3. Peer check OPVL for 8 minutes.
4. Last day to make laws before Trading actually begins!
a) GOVERNMENT/PRESIDENT- Did you enter the laws onto the government page? You do it now or have designated staffer do this.
c) make laws- Use your law-making log and return to me at the end of the period.

1. Due Tuesday: Read CM packet pp.87-93. VERY IMPORTANT TO BE PREPARED FOR SPRING TRADING TOMORROW! Figure out- how can you make money if you owe nothing? What kinds of jobs might you create- will you be an entrepreneur, a government worker (maybe a person who maintains and protects wilderness, like a park ranger, etc.). Plan to communicate online via Civic Mirror. Also, read carefully about residency and business contracts :)  
2. Your INDIVIDUAL CAP OPVL Annotated Bibliography is due Tuesday 11/3. EACH PERSON TURNS IN THEIR OWN BIB, EVEN IF WORKING IN A GROUP. Must be TYPED and PRINTED. You will turn it in to BOTH turnitin.com and turn in a typed paper copy with your OPVL RUBRIC (with your name on it) attached. Minimum of 3-4 sources.

Tuesday November 3, 2015

Purpose: To make connections between the politics and economics of Civic Mirror by participating in trading during the Spring Season.

Announcements:  It is Election Day! Test Corrections due by 3:30 PM Tuesday November 10th- do them SAS and after school T, TH, T!

In Class:
1.HW and agenda
2. CAP Update
a) Turn in OPVL Annotated CAP Bibliography- typed and with rubric stapled on top- NAME ON RUBRIC AND ASSIGNMENT! Paper clip your bibs together as a group- but each person turns on in.
b) Make sure your CAP Bib is in turnitin.com
c) place returned CAP work back into your binder and keep ALL CAP MATERIALS TOGETHER!
d) Fill in CAP Goal Check-In Sheet- turn this in NOW- ONE PER GROUP
3. Civic Mirror
a) evidence vs. argument rubric
b) finish any last bill-making - 10 mins.
c) advance to trading! Trade for 50 minutes- trading stays open until Monday morning!

1. CM- Continue Trading- trading will close on Monday Morning!
2. CAP- continue your action plan- Step 5 and filling in your log. You should have done something since our last check in by THIS THURSDAY.
3. Read the article on Obama and power of the US Presidency- write a one paragraph response on the top of the BACK SIDE of the goldenrod handout on powers of president. Leave room for more notes in class on Thursday. Article due Thursday.


Thursday November 5, 2015

Purpose: To learn about the various requirements, powers and expectations of the job of President by participating in small group activity, taking notes on article and applying your understanding to scenarios.

Announcements:  Also, I do not see you until Tuesday next week because of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11th. CM Trading STOPS at 6 AM on Tuesday.

In Class:
1. HW and agenda, stamp paragraph on Obama’s power
2. The news
a) election debrief and my legislative current event- what do you notice about these proposed bills and info?
b) CNN Student News
3. Executive Branch- a Job Description!
a) Could I be President??? - Check
b) New Small Group - Job description and qualifications- refer to Goldenrod sheet, pink sheet, Article II worksheet.

5. Powers of the President
a) cartoon
b) Powers of the President- read pink sheet (back of legislative handout)
c) Using the BACK of the goldenrod sheet that is a graphic organizer, read the article below and take notes on the various Roles of the US President:
d) two truths and a lie, which role most important to you?
e) pod-quad- debrief on Obama article
f) Hail to you, Chief!
g) Term Limits
h) Presidential Secession

6. Last 10 minutes- CM Check-in- Trading

1. Electoral College Article- read, annotate carefully. Due Tuesday.
2. CM Trading continues until Tuesday AM at 6 AM. Next step after this is National Court, so decide if you are bringing any cases before our National Judge (lawsuits, impeachments, etc.).
3. Reading and Notes- Going to War- Who Decides- take CORNELL NOTES on the main points of the article (don’t miss the War Powers Act)- 24 hours later, write your  questions/categories along the side and summary at the bottom, then add a short paragraph stating your opinion on this issue- how should the President operate regarding going to war? Due Tuesday.
4. Extra Credit Opportunity ! Read Handout “The Nominating Process”- Take Cornell Notes and then answer Qs 1-5 from p.186 of reading packet. Point Value: Up to 6 points. Due Thursday 11/12. Return reading packet to Ms. M.
5. Think CAP!


Week of October 26-29, 2015

Monday October 26, 2015 NON-STUDENT DAY

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Purpose: To deepen your understanding of your goal and target audience for your CAP project by working with your group or on your own on CAP Policy analysis and filling in CAP log, and reviewing for Article I test.

Announcements:  Test on Article I on Thursday- make flash cards and review the material!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, return graded work
2. Go over Civics Notebook thus far- tape in Mock Senate Reflection and Countable Congress website worksheet
3. CAP-
a) turn in CAP Steps 1, 2D (2D should be on separate paper); I stamp 2 sources for research.
b) do CAP Policy analysis sheet in class
c) teach annotations- hand out and go over OPVL

5. Review and New on Congress: Yellow chart and Green Handout on Article I- organizational moment
a) finish Green Sheet- on Article I
b) Redistricting, Gerrymandering- and why it matters
- PBS Video clip- Redistricting: Drawing the Lines

1. Study for Test  this Thursday- on Article I (Congress) and review of Political Spectrum (know this), Constitutional Foundations (federalism, popular sovereignty, limited government, confederacy). Note- my political spectrum ppt is in documents section of this website :)  CIVICS NOTEBOOK DUE THURSDAY.
2. Annotated bib for CAP due next Monday.
3. Read the following article and write a one paragraph response to this prompt in your Civics Notebook: Is Congress Too Broken to Fix, and which of these proposals do you most agree with?
Breaking the Gridlock: National Grassroots Movement No Labels Unveils Sweeping Action Plan to Make Congress Work!
4. Watch at least 15 minutes of the Republican Debate- 5 PM CNBC on Wednesday 10/28/15.

Thursday October 29, 2015

Purpose: To show your understanding of the legislative branch by taking a test on Article I and by participating in Civic Mirror law-making- this is the day!!!!

Announcements:  We will begin the Spring Season of trading next week- Monday or Tuesday, TBD.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, debrief GOP debate (quick)
2. Turn in Civics Notebook
3. Quick review- what is difference between Liberal and Libertarian, Populist and Conservative, Radical and Reactionary? Make 1 card- 5 ideas allowed.
4. Test- Article I and review of Govt 101/Pol. Spectrum
5. Civic Mirror- make some laws, people- use your log and get some EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENTS!

1. HW- Yellow Article II worksheet- intro to Executive Branch. Due Monday.
2. Do more research on CAP and initiate your next ACTION step- remember, research can be interviews, etc. Your INDIVIDUAL CAP OPVL Annotated Bibliography is due Tuesday 11/3. EACH PERSON TURNS IN THEIR OWN BIB, EVEN IF WORKING IN A GROUP. Must be TYPED and PRINTED.

Week of October 19-22, 2015    Government Season

Monday October 19, 2015      

Purpose: To improve your understanding of the legislative process and law-making in general by attempting to pass your first bill into law in CM, and learning more about the law-making process and Mock Senate.

Announcements:  Many college visits now- don’t miss them! They help a lot and only come now. Tuesday 10/20 is last day for Test Corrections- Before school (by appt.), SAS or after school- due by 3:30 Tuesday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. turn in purple Hex Auction Prep sheet- NAME SIDE DOWN- CONFIDENTIAL!- and stamp 2 paragraphs
3. Civic Mirror-
a) lobbying by individuals and interest groups- 4 mins
b) state of the union clip and CM State of Union
c) convene Congress and President be available- attempt to pass 1st bill- take notes on log
4. Practice Law Making to improve your process: prepare for Mock Senate- THIS IS NOT A CM EVENT- explain HW and sign up for political party

1. Bill Prep- Mock Congress- NOT CM- due NEXT CLASS MEETING
2. Finish reading and taking notes on Handout10 things about Washington- parts 6-10- add bullet point notes in Civics Notebook. Due next class.

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Purpose: To REALLY understand Bill to Law procedure by reading chart on Bill to Law, participating in movement activity and partaking in Mock Senate- how do Congressional Floor debates work, and what realizations about the Bill making process as a result of our simulation?

Announcements:  SAS and after school today are last chance for test corrections! We will return to CAP on Thursday- you will give me research next week!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. How does Congress ACTUALLY work, CM yesterday??
a) Colbert Late Night clip- is this news??? Take notes in CN
b) Overview of Congress- Notes in CN
c) bill to law notes w/ partner and activity- use handout to help and this website:
d) fill in green sheet on bill to law, finish green sheet with Ms. M’s help- also fill in gold organizer
3. Mock Senate- YOUR TURN

1. Read this amazing article excerpt on the Senate- “The Empty Chamber,” and answer Questions on handout. Due next class meeting.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Purpose: To practice effective bill to law process in Civic Mirror after completing Mock Senate, and to solidify your understanding of the CAP policy and what is CAP by going over material with Ms. M.

Announcements:  CAP final choice due next Tuesday! If you want to do something on the 2015 election, Election Day is Tuesday November 3rd!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Mock Senate
a) empty chamber debrief
b) Colbert clip- Immigration sub-Committee Hearing
c) floor debate
d) debrief and Countable Website
3. CAP
a) what is policy?
b) what’s on the ballot- do you want to do electoral politics?
c) rubric and CAP Research Log
4. CM government event- this time with script and knowledge- return govt log- attempt to pass legislation.

1. Complete sections 1 and 2 of CAP by Tuesday 10/27 and also research 2 sources with annotations (Step 3) on CAP Research Log by Tuesday. Thus- actual project and group members due next class meeting.
2. Complete Mock Congress Reflection- due next class
3. Countable website- finish this- due Tuesday




Monday October 12, 2015    

Purpose: To clarify how hidden agendas and the political spectrum play out in regular and CM Elections by hosting a debate, listening to speeches and voting on your CM government!

Announcements:  Democratic Debate is TUESDAY NIGHT at 5:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. Plan to watch at least part of it :)


All class- Test Corrections need to be made up within a week from Tuesday by 3:30 PM- Tuesday 10/20. I am here late after school every Tuesday and Thursday, and you can use SAS (especially this Tuesday- I know there is some sort of drill on Thursday).

In Class:
1. HW and agenda, turn in HW on Interest Groups- return graded work
2. Pod- Quad quick talk- what did you notice about interest groups, theory and practice
3. Elections- CM!
a) skim/read CM packet pp. 64-67
b)  party debate- who will represent your party??
c) finish speeches
c) vote!

1. Article I worksheet using the annotated copy of the US Constitution and internet search, as needed for current answers- THROUGH part 6- due tomorrow. Due next class meeting.
2. 10 things about Washington reading- parts 1-5- title and date- write short bullet point notes in Civics Notebook (you will add to this when you finish the article later)- parts 1-5 due Tuesday.

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Purpose:  To understand the CAP assignment by reading material and looking at online examples, and to identify and summarize main ideas in Article I of Constitution- the law-making branch by working with partner to fill in info on green Article I worksheet, watching video and participating in movement activity.

Announcements:  Test Corrections today in SAS, today and Thursday and next Tuesday after school, and next Tuesday during SAS. All test corrections now due by 3:30 PM on Tuesday 10/20 (since SAS is closed on Thursday for Earthquake Drill).

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, stamp green sheet parts 1-6, and 5 things about Washington bullet points in Civics Notebook
2. How does Congress and Article I work?
a) overview of Congress-
b) review Article I work thus far
3. Bill to Law
a) School House Rock- I’m Just a Bill
4.  Explain CAP- show example videos, discuss options- we will have a little work time on Thursday to see if you want a parner/group- we will do part C on THURSDAY to begin to narrow down a final project/activity and find partners.
4. CM
a) elections results!
b) strategy session- Govt and individuals- what do you want out of auction? Begin Hex Auction Prep Sheet.

1. CAP- Complete Step 1 Parts A and B only (1st page)- due next class- Important!
2. Hex Auction prep sheet- complete the first page to prepare for Thursday.
3. Watch Democratic debate (at least part of it) tonight at 5:30 PM- Extra Credit for watching entire thing and completing form!


Thursday October 15, 2015      

Purpose: To determine who will control what parts of the CM economy by participating in the HEX AUCTION!  Also, to further investigate your CAP ideas by discussing your ideas with others in the class; this will also help you figure out if you will work solo, partner or in a group of 3.

Announcements:  We begin making laws for your nation, using the Constitution, of course, next week!

In Class:
1. HW and agenda
2. Circle it up- quick Congressional and Debate Review
3. CM
a) economics 101 revisited- what economic system will are you choosing? HEX Auction helps determine this!
b) auction prep- strategize- 7 minutes- govt sit together
c) Hex Auction!
4. CAP work time
a) number off and share ideas
b) mingle- complete Step 1 part C- you do NOT yet have to have final idea- due next.

1. Write 2 paragraphs on Hex Auction Reflection in Civics Notebook- from Purple Sheet (I uploaded this into documents if you lost it)- you will turn in purple sheet on Monday.
2. Read CM packet pp. 78-86 to prepare for Govt event on Monday!
3. CM Prep- due Monday
a) elected Congresspeople- draft a bill for Monday
b) President and regular CM citizens- send a message to a Congressperson lobbying for a bill
c) President- based on Hex Auction, prepare a 2 minute State of the Union Speech for Monday

Week of October 5-8, 2015

Monday October 5, 2015

Purpose: What political parties do we have and what purpose do they serve in American society and government?

Announcements:  You will receive your hidden agenda today- read it carefully so you can be prepared to join a political party on Tuesday- speeches and elections will be on Thursday!  Quiz on Thursday- Govt. 101 and Constitution Framrewook. Bring food for Tuesday’s Political “Parties”!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, return Civic Notebooks, if needed, stamp conservative vs. liberal editorial (tape into notebook) AND political parties grid on R and D and Qs
2. Political parties
a) pod-quad debrief HW- Conservative vs. Liberal editorials- proof??
b)- pod-quad- D and R platforms- 1 idea on board
3. Civic Mirror
a) Close practice game- check wild cards!

1. Post on CM Forum- ONLINE- What did you learn from the practice game, and how will you apply this learning when we start the real game?
2. Wrestling Partisanship Editorial and Reading Guide- due next class.
4. P. 4- Presidential Match quiz, if not done- finish half sheet from last Tuesday. Tape this into your Civics Notebook.
NOTE- There will be a quiz on Thursday on Govt. 101 ideas- Constitution basics, Political Spectrum and Preamble.

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Purpose: Understand how and why political parties are formed and recognizing partisanship by participating in small group activity and Civic Mirror schmooze-fest.

Announcements:  Quiz on Thursday- Govt. 101 ideas- Constitution basics, Political Spectrum and Preamble. Open House is Thursday- invite your families NOW and give them your schedule/room numbers and directions!!!!!!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Political parties- WHY????- small group
a) class read aloud- Federalist Paper #10…and it means…?
b) quiet reading-  Electoral System- what do you notice?
c) small group- third parties-number off experts
d) speed dating- 3rd Parties!
3. Civic Mirror- Political Parties- put out your treats!- Schmoozing and creating Political Parties :)  Prepare for Thursday’s speeches and elections!

1. Study for quiz!
2. Do Partisanship assignment- Due Thursday- NOTE- CHANGE MSNBC LINK TO DEMOCRACY NOW (www.democracynow.org)
3. Extra Credit- Constitutional Rights Foundation- How Political Parties Began- Read article online and answer 3 questions at bottom of reading (for discussion and writing Qs) TYPED on separate paper, clearly labeled with title, Extra Credit and full heading. Due Monday October 19, 2015.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Purpose: To understand how Article I frames the law-making portion of US Government by reading the Constitution and taking notes and watching video clip; you will also learn about interest groups by reading HW article and visiting 2 websites..

Announcements:  Next week, we will practice the law-making process, both in a Mock Congress, and in Civic Mirror. Open House is tonight- invite your parent/guardians!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, staple together and turn in two partisanship assignments
2. Pod-quad—Debrief partisanship and media- what do you notice?
3. CNN Student News- human rights
4. QUIZ- start on Article I worksheet when done.
5. Article I- How does Congress Work?
-overview and start- Article I Worksheet- this is NOT yet HW- on class work today
4. Civic Mirror- 30 mins
a) Political parties- 8 minutes of prep and rallies
b) Elections!!!!!

1. Read on interest groups from handout, answer questions and visit 2 websites- record your response. Due Monday 10/12. Also be thinking about new laws for CM country!
2. Complete Extra Credit from Tuesday's HW list above, if interested. Due Monday.

Week of September 29-October 1, 2015

Monday September 28, 2015     NON STUDENT TEACHER WORK DAY

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Purpose:  To apply your understanding of the Political Spectrum to several world examples by marking ideas on political spectrum “line,” taking a self-quiz (a new one) and reading editorials in the news.

Announcements:  We run the Civic Mirror Practice game on Thursday- be iPad and brain ready!!!!!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, current events
2. Constitution Organizer- how to use, spend 5 mins filling in what you know so far- REVIEW!
3. Political spectrum
a) finish lecture notes
b) place ideas on political spectrum handout
c) take Presidential Match Quiz- political spectrum Quiz #2.  Do Political Philosophy first, then hit back button and run your answers through 2016 Presidential Primary match.

3.  Civic Mirror
a) details to prep for practice game on Thursday- CM checks
b) creating a Country- name and 3 ideals- “Preamble”- flag?- no time

1. Read the following 2 editorials online. Make an entry in your Civics Notebook with today’s date and title it “Liberal and Conservative Editorials.”
List the author and title of the article- for each article, make a claim that the author is putting forward a liberal, conservative or moderate argument and provide three pieces of evidence per article to prove your claim. After each article, write 1-2 sentences with your opinion.
Article 1:

Article 2:

 Thursday October 1, 2015

Purpose: To practice the economic elements of Civic Mirror by partaking in and reflecting on the CM Practice Game!

Announcements:  You will get your hidden agenda on Monday! Prepare to form political parties after you understand your role.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, return Civics Notebook
2. CM
a) quick intro
b) practice game!
c) Create National Identity- name and preamble and flag

1. Read handout on political parties and answer Qs 1-5 from handout on sep. paper. Then go to website of Democratic and Republican parties (see back of handout for urls) and search for party platforms. Provide a summary of the core issues/values of each party’s platform on your chart- ONLY DO SIDE 1 OF CHART! Due Monday 10/5.
2. Note- There will be a quiz next week- either Tuesday or Thursday on Govt. 101 ideas- Constitution basics, Political Spectrum and Preamble. FYI :)


Week of September 21-24, 2015

Monday September 21, 2015  An O Day- no class for us

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Purpose:  To understand why the framers structured the Constitution the way that they did and what core principles are embedded in this document by participating in jigsaw and taking notes, and to intro the political spectrum by reading some background and taking a quiz.

Announcements:  Keep your Civics papers in order- Notebook check and quiz coming up fairly soon. Be taping papers we work on into your Civics Notebook or keeping them in a very organized place. Ditto for general handouts- these are your TEXTBOOK for this class!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Organization Moment- partner check- how is your system working? Share ideas/systems- take a re-organizational moment, if need be.
3. The Constitution
a) rights and responsibilities
b) Govt. 101- structure- jigsaw:
—Illustration, Definition, Skit- 15 mins to prepare!  Share! Take notes on handout—

1. Media assignment- Next Steps- News Blogs section due Thursday 9/24.  
2. Read News Speak handout- due Thursday.

 Thursday September 24, 2015

Purpose: To understand the political spectrum in US politics and apply this understanding to you/society by taking political typology quiz and analyzing several sources through the political spectrum lens.

Announcements:  I will see you tomorrow- early release A day. We will have the Civic Mirror practice run on Tuesday!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda, free passes
2. Quick check- from Tuesday’s activity
3. The political spectrum- where do you fit? Download assignment and take notes in Civics Notebook.
a) Typology quiz assignment- check class data
b) PPT Notes- Political Spectrum

1. I will collect Civics Notebook tomorrow- on Friday 9/25, after CNN News notes. DD UPLOAD TODAY!


Friday September 25, 2015     An A Day Early Dismissal- 25 Minute Classes

Purpose: To discuss elements of media literacy with classmates by participating in small group and large group discussion.

Announcements:  No school for you on Monday! See you Tuesday- ready for CM practice game next week!

In Class:
1. HW and agenda, return graded work (DD upload)- two post-its, self-mark blue notebook sheet, name on front and first page of notebook, make sure you have page numbers along side of blue sheet.
2. CNN Student news- notes and reflection, discuss
3. Turn in Civics Notebook

1. Civic Mirror (CM)- Read CM packet pp. 13-47- answer Qs from Reading Check  #2 and #3- all info you can find there.  Tuesday 9/29 for Tuesday’s practice game.

Week of September 14-17, 2015    AEOEO Week

Monday September 14, 2015    A Day

Purpose: To debrief government in your life through group activity and intro the question “What is Citizenship.”

Announcements:  Please tell your parent/guardian to hold Thursday October 8th for SW Open House!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
- media clip
- stamp Media Literacy Getting Started entry in Civics Notebook, check supplies
2. Small Group discussion- levels of government and government in your life
a) review Kim Davis case- what is federalism?
b) government in your daily life brainstorm sheet- without then with handout
c) 3 corners of government- move!
3. What is Citizenship?
a) Jaywalking
b) your turn!

1. What is Citizenship quotes and interview- due Tuesday 9/15

Tuesday September 15, 2015     FIRST E (Even) Day

Purpose: To analyze the meaning of Citizenship by watching clips, discussion and reading, and to review the framework of the US Government system- the US Constitution!

Announcements:  Reed College visits this Wednesday- Career Center- in Portland- very intellectual :) Be checking the Career Center daily for scheduled visits- GO TO SOME!

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. Media Literacy
a) pod-quad/class review media literacy first steps assignment
b) new media lit next-steps assignment
3. Citizenship
a) your turn!
b) watch Citizen USA
c) your definition- debrief HW
4. The Constitution
a) what it isn’t article

1. Complete Constitution Guide Qs- Avoiding at Tyranny?- due Thursday
2. Start Media Literacy Next Steps assignment- complete TV News section by Thursday- in your Civics Notebook.

Thursday September 17, 2015     E Day

Purpose: To Understand the structure of the US Constitution by examining big picture of how it works, and to introduce Civic Mirror.

Announcements:  Monday is an Odd Day- next Friday 9/25 is an early release ALL day :)

In Class:
1. HW and agenda-
2. Logistics: NEW SEATS! Schedule next week, Civics Journal
3. CNN Student News- take notes in Civics Journal, discuss, what was not on quizzes/in news? What are you noticing in your media literacy assignment?
4. Constitution Day!:
a) 1st impressions
b) Preamble- say/sing it!- Your Mission Statement!
finish what Constit. Isn’t- Jigsaw
c) finish what Constit. Isn’t- Jigsaw
5. What is Civic Mirror? Name- preamble/ideals, flag! NOTE- NAME IS PERMANENT!

1. Media Lit- Next Steps- parts 2 and 3- due Tuesday 9/22
2. Civic Mirror packet- read pages 5-9- answer  Qs from reading check #1- due Tuesday 9/22


  • Loose college ruled Paper, blue or black ink pens, pencils, highlighters, (tape and post-its are optional)
  • Your CHARGED iPad EVERYDAY. The world is our textbook in this class. Essential in this class.

  • 3 hole Spiral Notebook or composition book- single subject, will be occasionally collected by me- this is your Civics Notebook.

  • A 3 ring binder, accordion file or strong folder with a LOT OF ROOM for CIVICS (can be shared with other classes if a binder or accordion-style folder)
  • You might also find a computer flash drive useful but this could generally be replaced by using DROPBOX or GOOGLE DRIVE.
  • Some form of planner- electronic, book-style organizer or another method we discuss.
  • Your school issued gmail account- I expect you to use and check this regularly.
  • Your King County Library card - see www.kcls.org. If you don’t yet have one, get one now! All SW students are eligible to get one, even if you are a boundary exception.

 Week of September 9-11, 2015

Wednesday September 9, 2015

Purpose: To get to know one another and Ms.M and to understand the expectations for the new Civics class by listening to protocols, providing Ms. M with information and participating in small group activity.

Announcements: Learn how my website works. I will post at end of day, usually. You are responsible for info, in case I can’t/don’t post. I will post by the week, with most recent week at top of Civics section. First HW assignment due tomorrow :)

In Class:
1. Welcome! Pick up syllabus and course expectations.
2. HW and agenda
3. Logistics
4. What is this class? Some info and expectations/questions you have

1. Complete Civics Questionnaire. Due Thursday 9/10
2. Learn 3 things about Ms. McFarlane from at least 2 different sources. Possible sources of information: SW staff or students, my website, articles, etc. Record the source and what you learned on the back of the Civics Questionnaire. Due Thursday 9/10.
3. Get your supplies for this course- supplies due no later than Monday 9/14.
4. Get parent/guardian signatures on course expectations- due no later than Monday 9/14.


Thursday September 10, 2015

Purpose: To analyze and understand ways that government impacts your life by quick-writing, discussing with small group and large class discussion.

Announcements: If you need to take the ACT or SAT, sign up now! Don’t forget about the ACT- it is a great option and the SAME as SAT for all colleges (subject tests are another animal).

In Class:
1. SW handbook mini-lessons
2.  HW and agenda
3. Journal Quick-Write on laws
4. Debrief About Ms. M- in Pod-Quad/whole class- Sourcing, Corroboration, Contextualization
5. Small group PodQuad- about YOU!
6. Small Group discussion- levels of government and government in your life- discuss laws quick-write

1. Government in the News assignment- due Friday 9/11

Friday September 11, 2015

Purpose: To analyze how government is connected to your life what citizenship means by filling in chart, discussion with small group and taking a quiz :)

Announcements: If you will be NEEDING a letter of rec (not all programs or schools require one), go ask some teachers and fill out a brag sheet from the counseling office to provide to your teacher. Give your teacher specific information about you in their class, too.

In Class:
1. hw and agenda
2. The news!- Today is 9/11
3. Small Group discussion- levels of government and government in your life
a) p. 6- word whip- discuss laws quick-write
b) government in your daily life brainstorm sheet- without then with handout
c) 3 corners of government- move!
4. What is Citizenship
a) clip
b) Initial Citizenship quiz :)

Media Literacy- Getting Started
1. Download (at least) the following News Apps onto your Ipads (save it into a News Folder for easy access):
-News Service - (AP News (Associated Press) OR Reuters)
-NPR - (National Public Radio)
-Major US Newspaper - (New York Times OR Washington Post)
-Major US TV News Network (CBS, NBC, ABC)
-CNN News App - (cable news network)
-International News - (BBC (British Broadcasting Company), Al Jazeera)
-Local News - (Seattle Times AND one of the three TV news King, Komo, Kiro)

2. Select one story to follow and look it up on at least 3 of the above sites. For example, you could track the Kim Davis Kentucky case, 9/11, the Iran nuclear deal, or a story of your choosing. In your civics journal, title your entry “Media Literacy: Getting Started”- list the date and the 3 sources you examined. Write a paragraph about what you noticed about the coverage- what was similar and what was different, and what are you learning about the 3 news sources you selected? Due Monday 9/14.