Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 24 (15% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/15(Current # of A’s: 27, F’s: 40)

•Quiz 3, Friday, 10/20

•To make up missing brain foods, look for them listed in the “activities” section below

•2nd grading period ends 11/21, get 100 current event pts by then

•Improve your 1st 6 week current event project score to a 70 by turning in more than 100 pts the 2nd 6 weeks

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•Political Identity Paper due 2 Weeks after we finish reviewing the topics of the back of the instructions – use the daily time provided to write your 2 paragraphs and this shouldn’t require homework! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdzJCVkp1QzJTLU0/view?usp=sharing

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

1.Brain-food/Learning Targets

2.Review Last Class

3.Liberals v Conservatives: 2 issues: welfare and gun control: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQR0JaaXBkM3dkVG8/view?usp=sharing

4.Grade conferences and PI-project write time

Review Questions:

1.Generally speaking, both American liberals and conservatives agree there should be a “wall separating church and state” – how do they differ on this wall though?  What is a specific question on government  policy involving religion that they disagree on though?

2.What is the purpose of “affirmative action” programs? In effect, what does it impose upon public institutions and businesses?  What don’t conservatives like about these programs?

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Explain how conservatives and liberals generally agree/disagree on the topics of welfare and gun-control

*Analyze your political values and label your political identity

 

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 25 (15% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/10(Current # of A’s: 6, F’s: 45)

•Retake Quiz 2, Monday, 10/16

•Quiz 3, Friday, 10/20

•To make up missing brain foods, look for them listed in the “activities” section below

•2nd grading period ends 11/21, get 100 current event pts by then

•Improve your 1st 6 week current event project score to a 70 by turning in more than 100 pts the 2nd 6 weeks

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•Political Identity Paper due 2 Weeks after we finish reviewing the topics of the back of the instructions – use the daily time provided to write your 2 paragraphs and this shouldn’t require homework! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdzJCVkp1QzJTLU0/view?usp=sharing

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

1.Brain-food/Learning Targets

2.Review Last Class

3.Explain Political Identity Project: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdzJCVkp1QzJTLU0/view?usp=sharing

4.Liberals v Conservatives: religion & affirmative action: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQR0JaaXBkM3dkVG8/view?usp=sharing

5.Grade conferences and PI-project write time

Review Questions:

1.Evolutionary scientists point out that the trait of liberalism could be quite good for a species – why?  They also point out that the trait of conservatism makes sense too – why?

2.The classic political spectrum with a left and right is thought by some political scientists to be too simple – they say it really only measures your thoughts on the best _________ system for your government.  They add a Y-axis that measures your interest in how much power you want government to have in forcing people to conform to the system – one extreme is called ____________ism and the other ___________ism

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Explain how conservatives and liberals generally agree/disagree on the topics of religion and affirmative action

*Analyze your political values and label your political identity

 

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 26 (15% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/10(Current # of A’s: 6, F’s: 45)

•Retake Quiz 2, Monday, 10/16

•Quiz 3, Friday, 10/20

•To make up missing brain foods, look for them listed in the “activities” section below

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets: https://kiwifarms.net/attachments/85f51bfa0f1d1a1d2eeaf5fa517d6bcd-native-humor-columbus-day-jpg.293566/

•Review Last Class & turn-in current events and brainfood

•Political Identity Test – Finish Notes –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-

•Double-check your political identity here: https://www.politicalcompass.org/test/ (google “political compass test”)

•Take the test (ought to take about 10 minutes)

•Ask questions of me or those around you on ones you don’t understand

•When done, follow the link that says: “go straight to the certificate page” 

•Zoom in on the graph and see what leader you’re most like!

•(If you have time, try this third test) http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/

 

•West Wing #3 – “A Proportional Response” – take 1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQWFYwdDJ6c0pzVTg/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Conservatives are the ___ side of the political spectrum and liberals on the ____ side.

2.The far-left side of the spectrum is associated with the form of government called _________, the far-right with the form called _________.

3.Center-left members of the spectrum are associated with _____ism and center-right with ____ism.

4.What political label defines Americans in “the middle” of the political spectrum? What form of government historically have they preferred? 

5.Generally speaking, throughout history, what have “liberals” wanted?  How about “conservatives?”

6.Of the 3 ideologies, which is the most important in an American general election?  Why?

7.How long have these political labels been in use? What has happened to the meaning of the labels over time? What’s the problem with saying “the Democratic Party is America’s liberal party?”

8.Why, historically, have conservatives wished to be the ones to define “liberalism” and vice versa?

9.The more a person is on the far left or right of the spectrum,  the less willing they are to do democratic thing?  What are they generally much MORE willing to do that is so concerning?

10.What change in political identity typically occurs as a person ages?

11.What’s the problem with summarizing a person simply by a political label?

12.Liberal or Conservative, can you make a confident prediction of the following folks' political identities, and if so, which? A white farmer from Georgia? A Jewish female police-officer in Texas? A black teenager from Portland? A male, born-again preacher (and graduate of Harvard) living in Boston?

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Define the terms “liberal, conservative and moderate”

*Explain the pros and cons of “proportional” vs “disproportional” responses to attacks on the USA

 

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 27 (10% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/9(Current # of A’s: 4, F’s: 47)

•Retake Quiz 2, Monday, 10/16

•Quiz 3, Friday, 10/20

•To make up missing brain foods, look for them listed in the “activities” section below

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

Brain-food/Learning Targets: “Any man who is not a liberal when he is young has no heart, and any man who is not a conservative when he is old, has no brain.” -Winston Churchill

•Review Last Class

•Political Identity Test – Score and Notes –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQVURkUmo2ZUtRems/view?usp=sharing

•Double-check your political identity here: http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/

•West Wing #3 – “A Proportional Response” – take 1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQWFYwdDJ6c0pzVTg/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.The US-Syrian relationship has been a poisonous one for more than 60 years – what are 2 reasons they haven’t liked us? What are 2 reasons we haven’t liked them?

2.State and Federal law enforcement agencies often argue with each other over who has the authority to “speak the law” and thus is in charge in a given situation– this is a legal concept called, in Latin, “__________”

3.Who would likely have this power (State or  Federal cops?) in the following cases: A. Murder B. Terrorism C. Counterfeiting D. Low level drug dealing E. High level drug dealing F. Espionage G. Robbery H. Kidnapping across state lines

4.“Solicitation” is the crime whereby you do what? What’s a common example?

5.Both Washington State and the Federal government have an official called the Attorney General – what’s the job of both these folks?

6.Each state gets to establish the standards for who can practice law in that state – all states require you to pass a rigorous test of your legal knowledge (called the ________ exam), and also pass an examination of your ______________

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Define the terms “liberal, conservative and moderate”

*Predict a person’s (like Mr. L’s) political label by considering things like their age, race, gender, location, job, religion, etc.

*Explain the pros and cons of “proportional” vs “disproportional” responses to attacks on the USA

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 28 (10% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/8(Current # of A’s: 4, F’s: 43)

•Retake Quiz 2, Monday, 10/16

•Quiz 3, Friday, 10/20

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets: http://api.theweek.com/sites/default/files/100917DavidHorsey_Tribune.jpg?resize=807×807

•Review Last Thursday’s Class

•Finish/turn-in West Wing 2 – “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” – take 1 ½ pg of notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQSGl4Y3hoVVRXWGM/view?usp=sharing 

•Political Identity Test – Score and Notes –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQVURkUmo2ZUtRems/view?usp=sharing

•Double-check your political identity here: http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/

Review Questions:

1.Last week, Saudi Arabia allowed women the right to drive cars – why might this story be significant?

2.Last week, the GOP announced its plan to cut taxes, though without any specifics – what are potential problems with this plan?

3.The recent firing/resignation of Sec. Tom Price indicates Americans have what very basic expectation of their elected/appointed officials?

4.Americans are often a pessimistic lot – what might the awarding of the Nobel Prizes over the past 2 weeks remind us though?

5.Why is Catalonia’s vote to declare independence from Spain of potential concern to the whole world?

6.What is the job of a petite jury? What is the job of a grand jury?  In theory, what do grand juries protect us from?

7.Press Secretaries, in dealing with “fake news,” often call attention to reporters “truncating” quotes, which means what?  For example, in 2014 the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in speaking to Congress about Syria, was the victim of a “truncation” which made him sound like he was doing what?

8.The ______________ is the federal agency responsible for defending the President and his family.  Other than protecting them, what’s another job responsibility the agency has?

9.According to the Constitution, what power or authority does the President have over the Vice-President?

10.What White House staffer do presidents usually rely upon to twist arms and act as the “bad cop” or “the enforcer” of their will?  Obama’s first one got into trouble for using very harsh language to attack what kind of people?

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Outline the problems with the US-Syria relationship over the past 70 years

*Define the terms “liberal, conservative and moderate”

*Predict a person’s (like Mr. L’s) political label by considering things like their age, race, gender, location, job, religion, etc.

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 29 (10% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/8(Current # of A’s: 4, F’s: 43)

•Retake Quiz 2, Monday, 10/16

•Quiz 3, Friday, 10/20

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets: “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which
he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
– Thomas Jefferson

•Grade Quiz 2

•Work Time: Current Events

 

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 31 (10% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/2(Current # of A’s: 0, F’s: 57)

•Quiz 2, Friday, 10/6

•Redo the Preamble recital to a 70% if needed by 10/5– instructions here: http://staff.camas.wednet.edu/blogs/linthwaiteslittlehouseofhorrors/2017/09/12/cwi-for-wednesday-914-2/

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Finish/turn-in (either today or tomorrow) West Wing 2 – “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” – take 1 ½ pg of notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQSGl4Y3hoVVRXWGM/view?usp=sharing 

Review Questions:

1.If the President and Vice-President were to die at the same time, the _____________ would become President.  To get this job, you must be elected by ____________.

2.______ currently holds this office – he was formerly the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee – why is that position so powerful?

3.What’s something he’s accomplished while in office? What’s anything else that’s interesting about him?

4.This official has several powers that make him important – what are 2 of them?

5.Why is this position often called “the hardest job in Washington?”

6.What’s the purpose of Congress’ Sergeant-at-Arms? What cool item is he in charge of?

7.What do historical measurements of voter approval of Congress and the President reveal?

8.A person with an academic degree called a PhD can ask to be called by the honorific title of “_______” and in theory has won that degree because they have done what?

9.Why did the US create a Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1940s? What is the job of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?  Why have many presidents, for example recent Presidents Obama and Clinton, felt an initial lack of confidence or even trust in their relationship with the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Describe the purpose of a “grand jury” and how it is different from a “petite jury”

*Explain the concept of “jurisdiction”

*Explain the purpose and historical evolution of the Secret Service

*Outline the problems with the US-Syria relationship over the past 70 years

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 32 (10% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/2(Current # of A’s: 0, F’s: 57)

•Quiz 2, Friday, 10/6

•Redo the Preamble recital to a 70% if needed by 10/5– instructions here: http://staff.camas.wednet.edu/blogs/linthwaiteslittlehouseofhorrors/2017/09/12/cwi-for-wednesday-914-2/

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Big Wig #3 – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQNUhNTXkyUzJJN1U/view?usp=sharing

•West Wing 2 – “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” – take 1 ½ pg of notes/reactions – my notes:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQSGl4Y3hoVVRXWGM/view?usp=sharing  

Review Questions:

1.American democracy normally involves a lot of “log-rolling” or “horse-trading,” slang terms for politicians doing what?  While it’s necessary for a democracy to work, what can be a big problem with “log rolling?”

2.In Congress-speak, numbers like “443” usually are references to what?  Why are they often used instead of words?

3.Though it’s not in the Constitution, many would say the job of the president is to be the “cheerleader in chief” – what do they mean?  What’s a common way presidents do this?  Similarly, presidents are oftentimes encouraged to be the “mourner in chief” – what does that mean?

4.Humans like to think they’re smart, but in fact nature made us highly illogical – according to the post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy, for example, humans tend to think that, if A happens, then B happens, that _______________, even thought that’s often NOT true.  In politics, we often make this mistake in assigning blame/credit to a president’s ability to effect/control what important thing?

5.Another example of our poor logic skills – per the argumentum ad hominem fallacy, if a man who is stupid/mean/evil/unlikable says something, we usually think ____________________.  And yet another, per the argumentum ex silento fallacy, we think something is true if ________________.

6.What’s the job of the White House Counsel’s Office?

7.What are 2 common approaches Press Secretaries will use to win over the White Press Pool?  Why would a Press Secretary want to do that in the first place?

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Name what officer would take over if the President and Vice-President were to die at the same, what the responsibilities of that office are, and who the current office-holder is

*Explain what historic “job approval ratings” indicate about the President and Congress

*Explain who the “Joint Chiefs of Staff” are and what their job is

*Describe the purpose of a “grand jury” and how it is different from a “petite jury”

*Explain the concept of “jurisdiction”

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 33 (10% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:10/1(Current # of A’s: 0, F’s: 59)

•Quiz 2, Friday, 10/6

•Redo the Preamble recital to a 70% if needed by 10/5– instructions here: http://staff.camas.wednet.edu/blogs/linthwaiteslittlehouseofhorrors/2017/09/12/cwi-for-wednesday-914-2/

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•West Wing 2 – “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” – take 1 ½ pg of notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQSGl4Y3hoVVRXWGM/view?usp=sharing 

Review Questions:

1.Speaking only half in jest, Winston Churchill said that the best argument against democracy was a 5-minute ___________. Why did he think it was a good argument against pure democracy?

2.According to the idea of “popular sovereignty” all power in a democracy is held by __________.

3.Central to all democracies is maximum amounts of personal freedom.  According to Justice Holmes, anything a person wants to do should be allowed so long as what basic rule is followed?

4.The Constitution specifically denies the government the power to take away your right to “habeas corpus” which protects you from what?  It also specifically denies a common practice of English kings in dealing with treasonous individuals, which was what?

5.What’s another example of a “denied power” that can be found in the Constitution?

6.Why is the Constitution’s “elastic clause” potentially dangerous? What did Obama use it to create in 2010?

7.An example of the separation of powers: The ____________ negotiates a treaty but the _______ has to approve it. Another: The ___________ proposes a law, but the _______ almost always has to agree with it for it to go into effect.

8.What is the biggest drawback to the extensive system of checks and balances outlined in the Constitution?  What’s the “silver lining” of this problem though?

9.Impeachment is a check on the government–who starts the process, and who ends it?

10.What branch of the government has the power to examine the actions of the other 2 and rule them unconstitutional? What did it take for that power to be clearly established?

11.According to the American concept of ____________ism, power must be shared between the local, state and national governments.  Also, according to the concept of “reserved powers,” all powers not explicitly given to one of those 3 levels is assumed to be a power of the ______ government.

12.What’s an example of a Constitutional “exclusive power?” What’s an example of a “concurrent power”?

13.What’s the “supreme law of the land” in conflicts between state and national governments?

14.Amending the Constitution is hard, as evidenced by the fact that ___% of the states have to agree to changes, and that the US has only done it _____ times in 224 years.

Learning Targets (What You Ought to be able to Do by the End of Class):

*Explain what  a “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” logical fallacy is and provide an example

*Explain why the President is often called the “Cheerleader in Chief”

*Explain what historic “job approval ratings” indicate about the President and Congress

*Explain who the “Joint Chiefs of Staff” are and what their job is

*Explain the concept of “jurisdiction”

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Thanksgiving Break: 34 (5% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on: 9/25 (Current # of A’s: 25, F’s: 15)

•Quiz 2, Friday, 10/6

•Redo the Preamble recital to a 70% if needed by 10/5– instructions here: http://staff.camas.wednet.edu/blogs/linthwaiteslittlehouseofhorrors/2017/09/12/cwi-for-wednesday-914-2/

•Grading period ends 10/12 – Current Event Project score for the 1st 6 weeks currently figuring into your overall grade!  You can still submit logs/journals through 10/12

•Reminder: you should spend about 15 minutes a day paying attention to the news, even if you’re not working on the current event project

•If 18 by 11/7, register to vote (deadline 10/30 – go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html ) Important: this is not a grade, nor am I checking :)

•Add suggestions for future class debates (need to be logged into your CSD google account): https://docs.google.com/a/camas.wednet.edu/document/d/1xwLxBtv4rAq_HdZPlV659QlJyulh3wlbng6YtBsIzO0/edit?usp=sharing

•Submit a valid VFW Voice of Democracy entry to me by the 10/31 deadline, get 30 extra points on a quiz (plus up to $30,000): https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Review and turn in the Constitutional Scavenger Hunt (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQelRpNWtPck5oS00/view?usp=sharing) and fill in the blanks for the Basic Concepts of Democracy notes (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQRHRtUVZjSkdaSWs/view?usp=sharing)

•West Wing 2 – “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” – take 1 ½ pg of notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQWDA2d1UzS0FvY3M/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.In a letter to his friend John Adams, concerning the men who were gathering in Philadelphia to write the Constitution, Jefferson called them “an assembly of _________” – what is the danger of taking that praise too seriously though? How is Jefferson himself a good example of this danger?

2.The Framers clearly thought the most important part of our government should be which of its 3 main branches?  What clues are present in the Constitution to make this clear?

3.Similarly, the Framers saw the smallest role in government would be played by which of the 3 branches?  If we compare the struggle between the 2 main branches as being like 2 football teams pushing each other back and forth across the field, this 3rd branch would be like the ______________.

4.Article 4 of the Constitution tried to deal with what problem, which was the main reason the Constitutional Convention had been called in the first place?

5.The Framers clearly understand their Constitution wasn’t perfect, so that’s why Article 5 deals with what?

6.Article 6 deals with what thorny problem, which also motived the call of the Convention?

7.Democracy literally translates to “__________ by ___________”

8.In a democracy, all citizens are in theory prized by their government as having worth and dignity – what are 2 groups of people though that could be present in a democracy that would not be seen the same way?

9.A key concept of democracy is “equality for all” – both equality before the __________ and equality of __________.

10.Since the times of the ancient Roman republic, statues of the goddess of Justice have been set out in front of court houses – what is the symbolism of the blind-fold she usually wears?

11.All democracies allow the majority to rule, but insist that minorities get what?  Why?

12.When Mr. L says “Democracy ain’t Burger King” what he means is, in  a democracy, ___________ is necessary. Why is it so necessary?

Learning Targets:

*Cite the Constitution in order to give a judge’s ruling on specific questions of law like “Can I be jailed for being the brother of an ISIS fighter?”

*Explain the overall architecture of the US Constitution

*Explain what  a “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc” logical fallacy is and provide an example

*Explain why the President is often called the “Cheerleader in Chief”