Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 14--Snow Day Update

As you know, this was an abnormal day of school and because of the timing it has thrown off our scheduled exam.  Below you should find information about the exam date as well as materials that could be useful. In the event that there is no school on Friday please check back online for the work I will be asking you to complete over the break.  Also, please spread the word to your classmates about things related to this class.

Exam info:

  1. The test on Political Beliefs and Behaviors has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 4.  this is the first day after break...please be ready!
  2. The Unit 2 review and test review sheets were linked under Monday's post.  Please go there to find them if needed.
  3. Chapter 9 Vocabulary was distributed today in periods 5 and 7.  It is LINKED HERE if you need it and I will give a copy to period 8 if/when I see you on Friday.
    1. This isn't a graded assignment and is intended to help you review terms that show up on the test
  4. Kahoot review--there is a Kahoot I have created and we will plan to play it in class on Friday.  If there is no school I will upload a link so you can access the questions from home to aid your studying over the break.
Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable time in the snow.

Monday, December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016


  1. Reading Quiz pp. 292-97
  2. Review materials
    1. Review Sheet LINKED HERE
    2. Unit 2 review summary LINKED HERE
HW: prepare for your unit 2 exam, WHICH IS FRIDAY

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz: 287-91 (section 9.3)
  3. Score and discuss the political beliefs and behaviors FRQ from last class (see me if you need this scoring guide)
  4. Campaign Finance Power Point
    1. We only made it part way into this and will continue on Monday
HW: read pp. 292-297

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday, December 7


  1. Current Event
  2. Discussed the path to the presidency
    1. We made it through about half of the Power Point LINKED HERE (stopped short of the electoral college information)
  3. Practice beliefs and behaviors FRQs
    1. We discussed question #1 and each group wrote a response for question #2.  If you were absent you will need to construct a response to question #2.
    2. Questions are LINKED HERE
    3. Use page 294 to find information on "motor voter" and "photo ID", which are needed in part "B"
HW: read pages 287-91 before Friday and expect a reading quiz

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz 272-282
  3. Discuss political ideology graphic organizer
HW: Pay attention to the reading schedule and remember that you can have a reading quiz on any given day. The schedule is as follows:
  • 12/7--pp. 283-86 (section 9.2)
  • 12/9--pp. 287-91 (9.3)
  • 12/12--pp. 292-97 (9.4 and 9.5)
  • 12/14--pp. 298-302 (9.6)
  • 12/16--pp. 303-07 (9.7)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friday, December 2

I will be attending the Oregon Civics Conference today and will not be in class. 


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz pp. 203-209
  3. Chapter 6 Vocabulary
    1. you can write directly on this paper
    2. due Monday
  4. "Who are the Liberals and Conservatives"
    1. Create a graphic organizer and write a summary as indicated in the instructions
    3. Due Monday
HW: read pages 272-282 before Monday

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30


  1. Current Event
  2. Liberal vs. Conservative thought
    1. We constructed a list of liberal and conservative positions and a similar list can be found HERE if needed
  3. Flag burning article
    1. Article LINKED HERE
    2. We had a philosophical chairs discussion about the issue of flag burning and the potential loss of citizenship proposed by the President-elect via Twitter
HW: read pages 203-209 before Friday--expect a reading quiz

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28


  1. Current Event
  2. Test Return
    1. examine your test grade and discuss the FRQ/scoring rubric
  3. Discuss Polling Questions
    1. We started to discuss these answers, but ran out of time
    2. This assignment should be turned in
HW: none

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday, November 18


  1. Finish "Journeys with George"
    1. film sheets due (8th period, we didn't make it this far)
  2. Polling Questions
HW: finish Polling Questions before Monday's class

Wednesday, November 16


  1. Current Event
  2. Political Ideology Survey
  3. Begin "Journeys with George"
    1. Viewing guide LINKED HERE

HW: take the ideology survey at (click on "take the test" after scrolling down)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Monday, November 14


  1. Current Event
  2. Paper return/grade update
  3. Reading quiz pp. 180-90
HW: none

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 9


  1. Current event
  2. Debrief the election
  3. Test corrections
    1. 1/2 point per explanation
    2. tests and corrections need to be left in the classroom
    3. additional corrections can be made at lunch or after school
  • read pages 180-190 before Monday
  • p. 8 please take tripod survey!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Monday, November 7


  1. 2016 Election Voting
    1. Ballot LINKED HERE
  2. Discuss the Electoral College
    1. We started looking through the Power Point LINKED HERE and will have to discuss in more detail when time allows
  3. Election Predictions
    1. Instructions provided in Google Classroom
    2. Also LINKED HERE
HW: none

Friday, November 4


  1. Current Event
  2. Test Discussion
  3. Election Investigation
    1. This should be completed and turned in to Google Classroom
    2. Assignment instructions are also LINKED HERE
HW: finish election investigation and turn in

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2


  1. Constitutional Underpinnings Exam :)
HW: none

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31


  1. Current Event
  2. Test Review Materials
    1. Practice MC Questions LINKED HERE (I think you need to view it in presentation mode to have the answers highlight in red)
HW: prepare for your exam!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday, October 28


  1. Current Event
  2. Finish Federalism PP/Notes
    1. LINKED HERE if you need it (disregard last slide about researching cases)
  3. Unit One Review Guide
    1. Passed this out
    2. Read over the document to help you prepare for Wednesday's test
  4. Possible Free Response Questions
    1. Distributed the three possible questions--study them!
  5. Constitutional Underpinnings Connections Activity
    1. Due Wednesday with test (your 20 sentences)
HW: Review materials for Wednesday's test

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday, October 26


  1. Current Event
  2. Discuss Bill of Rights Questions (turn these in Friday along with video questions)
  3. Understanding Federalism Power Point/Notes
    2. Didn't finish today--left off before categorical/block grants
  4. Protecting Individual Freedoms PP
    1. These are examples of rights violations we discussed (no assignment to turn in)
  • Unit One (Constitutional Underpinnings) test next Wednesday--> start reviewing
  • Extensive review materials coming on Friday

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday, October 24


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz: pp. 68-75
  3. Discuss Video Questions (Constitution video from Friday)
    1. Video questions and bill of rights questions were not turned in.  I will check these on Wednesday
  •  any make up work
  • anyone needed to make up the Constitutional Clauses Quiz can do so on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of this week at lunch or after school before 3:15

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday, October 21


  1. Current event
  2. Constitutional concepts video and questions
  3. Bill of Rights Questions
HW: Finish Bill of Rights Questions and federalism reading

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Third Debate Extra Credit--October 19

Tonight is the last of the three Presidential debates.  If you would like an extra credit opportunity tune into the debate (or watch it online before Friday) and provide some analysis.  I created a very basic form that is LINKED HERE.  You can print it out and use it, or create your own replica on a sheet of notebook paper.  Essentially, you are asked to provide information about three issues (hopefully at least three will be discussed :), comment on style, and provide your own opinions.

Debate Time: 6:00

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, October 17


  1. Current Event
  2. Join Google Classroom
    1. Go to
    2. Sign in as a student
    3. Use the appropriate code for your class period to join a class
      1. Period 5: mz3kn2
      2. Period 7: qudn17w
      3. Period 8: 725nhi
  3. Amendment Memes
    1. Assignment instructions linked in Google classroom (also linked here)
    2. Complete memes and submit before Friday
    3. Turn in under the assignment heading in Google classroom
HW: finish Amendment memes

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12


  1. Current Event
  2. Constitutional Clauses Quiz
    1. take, grade, turn in
  3. Checks and Balances information/activity
HW: Read pages 53-63 in your book before Monday (my apologies to fifth period for running out of time--didn't realize we were on a different assembly schedule)

Monday, October 10


  1. Current event
  2. Discuss Sunday's debate
  3. Debrief regarding Friday's assignment (review instructions since I was gone)
  4. Discuss/study Constitutional Clauses 
    1. Quiz Wednesday
  • prepare for clauses quiz
  • finish Constitution Ad assingment

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Friday, October 7


  1. Current Event
  2. Federalist/Anti-Federalist and Constitution Ad Assignment
    1. Instructions are LINKED HERE
HW: study for clauses quiz, which is next Wednesday

Wednesday, October 5


  1. Current Event
  2. Constitution Relay Race 
    1. discuss and collect papers
  3. Articles of Confederation Power Point
    1. continued with these notes in periods 5 and 7, but didn't finish everything and didn't have time at all in 8th period
HW: Study Clauses!

Monday, October 3


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading quiz--we did this as an ungraded group activity since the online text was difficult for some to access
  3. SNL debate update--will this influence voters?
HW: study Constitutional Clauses (blue paper)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, September 30


  1. Current Event
  2. Articles of Confederation PP/Notes
    1. Made it through about the first 1/2 (finished at "Major Issues Debated" slide)
  3. Constitution Relay Race
    1. Constitution search
    2. See me for this paper
    3. We will discuss next class
HW: reading that was given Wednesday is due Monday--pp. 17-25

Wednesday, September 28


  1. Current event
  2. Discuss first presidential debate
  3. Discuss Declaration of Independence 
    1. Turn in DOI investigation and Locke/Hobbes chart
  4. "Thoeries of Democracy" work
    1. Pluralism, Elitism, and Hyperpluralism jigsaw activity
HW: read pages 17-25 (due Monday)

Monday, September 26


  1. Current Event
  2. Declaration of Independence Investigation
HW: Finish DOI Investigation

Monday, September 26, 2016

Debate Extra Credit Option

In order to receive extra credit for watching tonight's debate

  1. Use the debate organizer LINKED HERE 
  2. Due Wednesday in class 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday, September 23


  1. Current Event
  2. Debate Anticipation: "Between Two Ferns" with Hillary Clinton
  3. Locke and Hobbes (see me for the necessary materials)
    1. Read passage about either John Locke or Thomas Hobbes
    2. Fill out the chart
    3. Teach someone at your table about your philosopher and work to fill out both columns on the table (trade information)
  4. Text Reading/Cornell Notes
    1. read sections 1.1-1.3 on pages 8-14
    2. construct Cornell notes over the section
    3. due Monday
HW: finish reading notes before Monday

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21


  1. Signed Syllabus Due
  2. Current Event
  3. Online Text Access (see me for guidance here)
  4. "So, How Democratic Are We?" 
    1. Finish discussing and turn in
  5. Human Nature Survey
    1. statements on human nature that we will connect to Enlightenment philosophers
    2. discuss and move around the room based on opinions
HW: syallabus

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19


  1. Current event
  2. Discuss the scoring guide for FRQ
  3. Syllabus distributed
    1. return last page with signatures 
  4. Free response writing guide
    1. read through and discuss
HW: bring back signed syllabus 

Friday, September 16


  1. Who Rules? (collect)
  2. Democracy Quotes LINKED HERE
    1. each group received a quote
    2. discuss
  3. "How Democratic Are We?" (see me for this handout)
    1. construct a definition for the word "democracy"
    2. apply your definition to the eight statements provided
      1. determine whether or not each statement is democratic and explain why/why not?
  4. Getting to Know the FRQ LINKED HERE
    1. practice free response
    2. construct a response on notebook paper
    3. due Monday
HW: finish "Getting to Know the FRQ"

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday, September 14


  1. Finalize seating chart
  2. Sign up for current event dates
  3. Political system Power Point/Notes/discussion LINKED HERE
  4. "Who Rules" handout (8th period didn't get to this)
HW: none

WICOR Components: WICOR

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12


  1. Discuss current event requirements 
    1. Requirements LINKED HERE
  2. Current event example presentation 
    1. example LINKED HERE
HW: none

Friday, September 9


  1. Discuss class items related to syllabus
    1. HW, books, AP, missing work, website, etc.
  2. Gummy governments assignment
    2. due Monday
HW: finish "Gummy Governments" if your group didn't get done

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wednesday, September 7


  1. Introduction note card--"I wish my teacher knew..." LINKED HERE
  2. "How plugged in are you?" LINKED HERE
    1. Just for an initial assessment, not a graded assignment
HW: none

WICOR components: C