Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monday, January 30

Welcome to the first day of the second semester.  This is a fresh start, which for some is a welcome opportunity to reset and for others will hopefully show continued success.  Regardless, I'm glad that all of you are here.


  1. Test Review
    1. A chance to examine the final, see how you scored, and hopefully learn from the questions you missed (the semester is done, but this material will remain important)
  2. Current Event Sign Up
    1. Make sure you get signed up for a date
  3. Preparation for Socratic Seminar on Wednesday
    1. The topic of the seminar will be the Executive Order on travel restrictions issued by President Trump
    2. Below I have linked a variety of articles for you to look at.  Some are from a more liberal perspective and come conservative, which was intentional.  Read as many of them as you can to educate yourself on the issue and come to class with some evidence that you are ready to be an active participant in our discussion.
    3. Evidence can consist of printed out articles that are marked up/ highlighted or notes, facts, and arguments connected to the issue at hand
Links (in no particular order--part of this exercise is you determining the source and it's credibility)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, January 18


  1. Political party questions
    1. check off objectives 1 and 2 to see that they are done
    2. finish the other objectives (3, 4, 5) before Friday
    3. assignment was linked on Friday
  2. Test corrections
    1. corrections can be made in class today and need to be done by Friday at 2:30
  3. Final exam review materials
    1. review guide for interest groups, political parties, and the media (yellow packet) LINKED HERE
    2. Review sheet (pink paper)--specific questions connected to the final LINKED HERE
  • political party questions due Friday (Objectives 1-5)
  • final review is recommended (not just the day before the final)
  • any missing work is due by FRIDAY AT 2:30

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13


  1. Discuss interest groups and turn in interest group assignment
    1. cover crash court answers and FRQ scoring
    2. interest group investigation was extra credit if you already did it
  2. Test corrections
    1. test was out of 75 points (1.5 points per question x 50 questions)
    2. 1/2 point per test correction (added to total / 75)
  3. Political party assignment/reading guide
    1. assignment is LINKED HERE
    2. written definitions for terms are optional
    3. complete objectives 1 & 2 by Wednesday---I would encourage you to work beyond this if you have the ability to do so
HW: political party questions (objectives 1 & 2)

Wednesday, January 11

Snow Day

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, January 9


  1. Current Event (periods 5 & 8)
    1. make sure you schedule an event date if you have yet to present this semester
  2. Test Return
  3. Interest Group Work
    1. Time was given to work on interest group tasks
    2. Definitions, Crash Course Questions, and FRQ should be done before Wednesday's class
    3. Time will be given Wednesday to look at individual interest groups (i.e. the task on the back of the paper)
HW: interest group tasks

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6


  1. Political Beliefs and Behaviors Test
  2. Begin Interest Group Tasks
    1. Guidelines are LINKED HERE
    2. Should have at least the definitions completed before Monday
HW: interest group definitions

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4


  1. Today we reviewed for your test on Political Beliefs and Behaviors, which is scheduled for Friday.  Review materials have already been linked, but below I've attempted to add some additional resources.  There will be no FRQ for this exam, which was announced in class.
Additional Resources:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Test Update

I made my first attempt at a group email via Synergy a few minutes ago and below I've copied the communication that I hope you received.  Hope you're all doing well and I'll see you soon.

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a great break and are feeling rested as we head into the last few weeks of the semester.  Hopefully you are aware that you were supposed to have a test covering our Political Beliefs and Behaviors unit on Wednesday of this week.  I am going to move the date of that test to Friday with the hope that everyone is better prepared and receives an adequate review of the material covered.  Given the abnormal end of the week preceding break 7th and 8th period classes did not receive a review, which I believe puts them at a decided disadvantage.  On Wednesday you can expect a bit of grade reconciliation and a review.  I would still recommend that you put some effort into preparing for the exam prior to Wednesday's class and pay specific attention to the review sheet that you should have in your possession.  

We have a lot to cover in the remaining weeks of the semester and I hope you are all ready to put in some effort to make it happen.  Happy New Year!