Announcements:

•Grades Updated on: 6/8 

•Final Latework Deadline Passed – going forward, I will only accept the following:

–Current event logs/journals (still time to get 40 pts)

–West Wing 23/24 notes

–Brainfood 16

–Quiz 7 retakes

–Final Exam – 1.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT3VJV29PRHQ5Sm8/view?usp=sharing

–Letter to Self (instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing )

•Gradebook closes 6/13, no assignments taken after this time

•If you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1. Work time:

-Grade conference (if needed)

-Current events

-Exam –  (1, 2 period, due by 6/13 – 5, 6 periods due 6/12) – options: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT3VJV29PRHQ5Sm8/view?usp=sharing

-Retake/take quiz 7

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 2

•Grades Updated on: 6/8 

•Final Latework Deadline Passed – going forward, I will only accept the following:

–Current event logs/journals (still time to get 80 pts)

–West Wing 23/24 notes

–Brainfood 16

–Quiz 7 retakes

–Final Exam

–Letter to Self (instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing )

•Gradebook closes 6/13, no assignments taken after this time

•If you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets – turn in final brainfood and current events for week

2.Explain Exam options (1, 2 period, due by 6/13 – 5, 6 periods due 6/12) – options: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT3VJV29PRHQ5Sm8/view?usp=sharing

3.Work time:

-Grade conference (if needed)

-Current events

-Exam

-Retake/take quiz 7

 

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 5-4 (90% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on: 6/5 

•Final Latework Deadline Passed – going forward, I will only accept the following:

–Current event logs/journals (still time to get 80 pts)

–West Wing 23/24 notes

–Brainfood 16

–Quiz 7 retakes

–Final Exam

–Letter to Self (instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing )

•Gradebook closes 6/13, no assignments taken after this time

•If you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.West Wing #24 – “In the Shadow of 2 Gunmen, pts 2” – combine the two episodes into 1 ½ pg notes (this is the official end of our West Wing experience) – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13dWw5hZPhtMM5O8qC8U6vXZiQgfqpu8z/view?usp=sharing

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 6 (90% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/29  (Current # of A’s: 7, F’s: 22)

•Final Latework Deadline Passed – going forward, I will only accept the following:

–Current event logs/journals (still time to get 80 pts)

–West Wing 23/24 notes

–Brainfood 16

–Quiz 7 retakes

–Final Exam

–Letter to Self (instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing )

•Gradebook closes 6/13, no assignments taken after this time

•If you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.Grade Quiz 7

 

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 7 (90% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/29  (Current # of A’s: 7, F’s: 22)

•Final Latework Deadline Passed – going forward, I will only accept the following:

–Current event logs/journals (still time to get 80 pts)

–West Wing 23/24 notes

–Brainfood 16

–Quiz 7 retakes

–Final Exam

–Letter to Self (instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing )

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•Gradebook closes 6/13, no assignments taken after this time

•If you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.Grade Quiz 7

3.West Wing #22-23 – “In the Shadow of 2 Gunmen, pts 1 & 2” – combine the two episodes into 1 ½ pg notes (this is the official end of our West Wing experience) – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13dWw5hZPhtMM5O8qC8U6vXZiQgfqpu8z/view?usp=sharing

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 9 (90% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/29  (Current # of A’s: 7, F’s: 22)

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•Letter to Self due by Friday, 6/1 – instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

•Final 6 week grading period ends 6/13, improve 2nd 6 week current event project score to a 70% by turning in more than 100 pts this grading period

•If you turn late work in to turnitin.com, I need an email or note in the in-box to tell me to grade it

•June 1 deadline for all missing work for the final 6 weeks (anything due in Skyward since April 30) – after this, I will be able to provide a definitive pass/fail verdict for graduation purposes

•ALL assignments due between now and the last day of CWI, 6/13, now visible on Skyward so, if you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.Review last class

3.Finish/turn-in West Wing #22 – “What Kind of Day Has It Been” –  1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-gQRhJzb_i5cyviDWSf5-STbCm9DD6lv/view?usp=sharing

4.West Wing #22-23 – “In the Shadow of 2 Gunmen, pts 1 & 2” – combine the two episodes into 1 ½ pg notes (this is the official end of our West Wing experience) – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13dWw5hZPhtMM5O8qC8U6vXZiQgfqpu8z/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.The West Wing shows the Deputy Chief of Staff as one position, but in reality it’s usually split into 2 parts, one called the Deputy Chief of Staff for ________ and the other Deputy Chief of Staff for _________

2.One of the current Deputy Chiefs of Staff is a guy named ___________ and something interesting about him is:

3.Critics often point out that the USA does business with communist China but not with the communist nation of  _______.  Why do they claim this “double-standard” exists?

4.What is the potential problem with the practice of “political patronage?”  What’s the typical approach to preventing the problem?

5.Because of the current state of American election laws, what do many large corporations do to ensure that, no matter which party wins an important election, they’ll get favorable treatment from the victor?

6.NASA operated a space-shuttle program for more than 20 years – what was one of the great legacies of that program?  Why was the program ultimately ended?  Why has that decision been particularly significant recently?

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

*Explain the normal temptation for politicians to lie to/deceive the public and the perils associated with this temptation

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 10 (90% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/28  (Current # of A’s: 6, F’s: 23)

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•Letter to Self due by Friday, 6/1 – instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

•Final 6 week grading period ends 6/13, improve 2nd 6 week current event project score to a 70% by turning in more than 100 pts this grading period

•If you turn late work in to turnitin.com, I need an email or note in the in-box to tell me to grade it

•June 1 deadline for all missing work for the final 6 weeks (anything due in Skyward since April 30) – after this, I will be able to provide a definitive pass/fail verdict for graduation purposes

•ALL assignments due between now and the last day of CWI, 6/13, now visible on Skyward so, if you come in during conference period, I can show you your theoretical best/worst final grade

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.Review last class

3.Big Wig: White House Deputies Chief of Staff – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fMjbRr3mpUfDyudYRlcxloUhPvKdVVnL/view?usp=sharing

4.West Wing #22 – “What Kind of Day Has It Been” –  1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-gQRhJzb_i5cyviDWSf5-STbCm9DD6lv/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Though they seem rare, laws like the Mccain-Fiengold Act remind us that Congress IS capable of passing bi-partisan legislation under what circumstances?

2.Why is it not rare for Democratic presidents to appoint Republicans to positions in the executive branch and similarly for Democrats to hold positions in the civil service even when a Republican is president?

3.Ambassadors enjoy “diplomatic immunity.”  What does that mean?  Every country has the power of declaring an ambassador a persona non grata, which means what?

4.What do measurements of President George HW Bush’s popularity from 1991-1992 teach us about the phenomena of political popularity?

5.In general, what has happened to the level of political participation of Americans aged 18-25 over the past 50 years? What is a potential result of this change?

6.The Pilgrims introduced into what eventually became the USA the practice of “town hall meetings” – what is still the purpose of such meetings today?

7.What did the US create over Iraq from 1991-2003 in an attempt to encourage a popular uprising? How did this help cause the Iraq War of 2003? 

8.What does it mean to call an aircraft such as the F-117 a “stealth-fighter?” How well did the now retired F-117 live up to that name?

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

*Explain the concept and potential dangers of “political patronage”

*Explain the problems with NASA’s space shuttle fleet and the ultimate results of the shuttle program

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 11 (90% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/23  (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 17)

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•Letter to Self due by Friday, 6/1 – instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

•Final 6 week grading period ends 6/13, improve 2nd 6 week current event project score to a 70% by turning in more than 100 pts this grading period

•If you turn late work in to turnitin.com, I need an email or note in the in-box to tell me to grade it

•June 1 deadline for all missing work for the final 6 weeks (anything due in Skyward since April 30) – after this, I will be able to provide a definitive pass/fail verdict for graduation purposes

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.Review Thursday’s class

3.Finish/turn-in West Wing #21 – “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics” – 1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQWUFIaENrZVQzNEE/view?usp=sharing

4.West Wing #22 – “What Kind of Day Has It Been” –  1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes:1.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-gQRhJzb_i5cyviDWSf5-STbCm9DD6lv/view?usp=sharing 

Review Questions:

1.Though tiny, the Federated States of Micronesia get a good deal of attention because they dramatically highlight a key problem associated with global climate change – what is threatening this country’s very existence?  What is already driving its citizens to leave?

2.Teddy Roosevelt condemned the idea of the USA being a “polyglot boardinghouse” and called for the adoption of English as our official language –  What does polyglot mean?  What utility did Roosevelt see in making English our official language?

3.It is rare for presidents/politicians to formally fire people – instead, to rid themselves of employees they dislike, they usually do what?  Why don’t they usually just fire them?

4.Since the beginning of the “war on drugs,” regardless of the political persuasion of the president, what have Surgeons General said about this “war?”

5.What does the Constitution say about “exclusive clubs,” which discriminate against people’s age/race/gender/wealth/etc.?

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

*Explain the concepts of “diplomatic immunity” and “persona non grata”

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 12 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/23  (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 17)

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•Letter to Self due by Friday, 6/1 – instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

•Mandatory Minimum essay due to turnitin.com by midnight 5/25 – instructions here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XlCnU0IWQ0X1_lu5Yd-uh-0nFNVkttcDy50j8AVdrrA/edit?usp=sharing

•Final 6 week grading period ends 6/13, improve 2nd 6 week current event project score to a 70% by turning in more than 100 pts this grading period

•If you turn late work in to turnitin.com, I need an email or note in the in-box to tell me to grade it

•June 1 deadline for all missing work for the final 6 weeks (anything due in Skyward since April 30) – after this, I will be able to provide a definitive pass/fail verdict for graduation purposes

•Thinking about a career in public education? Apply for my union’s $4000 worth of scholarships – deadline 5/25 – https://goo.gl/Hhzpkh

Activities:

1.Work Day – you may work on any of the following:

-Current event logs/journals

-Any missing work (final deadline for all latework is next Friday)

-Mandatory minimum essay (due tonight): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XlCnU0IWQ0X1_lu5Yd-uh-0nFNVkttcDy50j8AVdrrA/edit?usp=sharing  

-The Letter to Self assignment (due next Friday): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 13 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/23  (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 19)

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•Letter to Self due by Friday, 6/1 – instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

•Mandatory Minimum essay due to turnitin.com by midnight 5/25 – instructions here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XlCnU0IWQ0X1_lu5Yd-uh-0nFNVkttcDy50j8AVdrrA/edit?usp=sharing

•Final 6 week grading period ends 6/13, improve 2nd 6 week current event project score to a 70% by turning in more than 100 pts this grading period

•If you turn late work in to turnitin.com, I need an email or note in the in-box to tell me to grade it

•June 1 deadline for all missing work for the final 6 weeks (anything due in Skyward since April 30) – after this, I will be able to provide a definitive pass/fail verdict for graduation purposes

•Thinking about a career in public education? Apply for my union’s $4000 worth of scholarships – deadline 5/25 – https://goo.gl/Hhzpkh

Activities:

1.Brainfood/Learning Targets

2.Review Tuesday’s class

3.Explain the Letter to Self assignment (due 6/1): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T2jgjqBGuJv-9uu3NPRz6W98gmQ9jBnwzlRULiz-ckw/edit?usp=sharing

4.Finish/turning West Wing #21 – “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics” – 1 ½ pg notes/reactions – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQWUFIaENrZVQzNEE/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.The position of White House Press Secretary came into existence because of the popularization of what fascinating piece of technology? Of course their basic job is talk to the press, but what is the larger job of a Press Secretary?

2.Press Secretaries have a very high rate of turn-over – what makes the job so stressful?

3.Trump’s 1st PS was fired after only 6 months – what were his personal flaws that didn’t match well to the demands of the job?

4.Who is the current Press Secretary?  What’s something interesting about her?

5.If you want to conduct a poll with a meaningful, accurate picture of reality, you must be very careful to avoid what when creating your polling questions?  If you want to be able to compare this year’s data to data from the past, you also should not do what to the questions you’re using?

6.Polls aren’t terribly meaningful unless they tell you two things other than what percentage of people hold a particular view – what are those 2 other things called?

7.What must all honest pollsters admit is a problem when using a statistical study to predict the future?

8.When is it particularly difficult for a good poll to predict an election?

9.A poll of 1000 voters says Candidate A will get 53% of the vote and Candidate B will get 47%.  Is this enough information to predict the outcome of the election? Say the poll has a note: “±5, 98%” – can you confidently predict the outcome of the election?  Another poll says A gets 67%, B 33% with a ±5, 50%.  Can you make a confident prediction?  Another says 55 to 45 ±3, 97% – can you be confident?

10.What is the purpose of “push-polling?”

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

*Explain what Teddy Roosevelt meant when he said “America should not be a polyglot boarding house”

*Explain the concepts of “diplomatic immunity” and “persona non grata”