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”

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 14 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/21  (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.Senior Mother Tea, morning classes cancelled, afternoon ones likely to have little attendance

2.For those who show up anyway, you can work on:

-Current events

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

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

 

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 15 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/21  (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 19)

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•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.Big Wigs – White House Press Secretary – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T66w1cU-8zFmHQQRJs2bz1wKmPHLj0UZ/view?usp=sharing

3.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

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

*Discuss the history and job of the White House Press Secretary and identify the current office-holder

*Describe the physical landscape of our nation’s capital, including the symbolism and intent of many of its features

*Explain the concepts of confidence levels and margins of error in the science of statistics

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

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 21 (85% of School Year Complete)

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

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•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.Finish Declaration of Independence recital/make-ups (if necessary)

3.Mandatory Minimum persuasive essay work time (due to turnitin.com on 5/25, will also have all of 5/25 classes to work on) – explanation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XlCnU0IWQ0X1_lu5Yd-uh-0nFNVkttcDy50j8AVdrrA/edit?usp=sharing

4.(assuming folks aren’t using work time, after 10 minutes) 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

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

*State a well reasoned opinion on the topic of mandatory minimum sentencing

*Describe the physical landscape of our nation’s capital, including the symbolism and intent of many of its features

*Explain the concepts of confidence levels and margins of error in the science of statistics

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

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 22 (85% of School Year Complete)

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

•Retake Quiz 6 by Friday, 5/11

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•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

•Declaration of Independence Recital  – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing – recital on Friday, 5/18

•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 Last Class

3.Declaration of Independence recital

4.Mandatory Minimum persuasive essay work time (due to turnitin.com on 5/25, will also have part of 5/21 and all of 5/25 classes to work on) – explanation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XlCnU0IWQ0X1_lu5Yd-uh-0nFNVkttcDy50j8AVdrrA/edit?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Are employers legally allowed to discriminate in hiring due to an applicant’s criminal history?  What’s the catch?

2.What are 2 reasons it’s very difficult for college-age adults emerging from prison to go to college?

3.What is the most common overall result of the answers to the two previous questions in terms of the youthful drug offender’s eventual outcome?  Why is this a problem for society at large?

4.The statistics on presidents winning re-election suggest President Trump will have a _____% of winning, should he run.

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

*State a well reasoned opinion on the topic of mandatory minimum sentencing

*Recite the Declaration of Independence and explain what it means

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 23 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/14 (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 21)

•Retake Quiz 6 by Friday, 5/11

•Final Quiz (#7), Friday, 6/1

•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

•Declaration of Independence Recital  – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing – recital on Friday, 5/18

•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 Last Class

3.Finish/turn-in West Wing #20 – “Mandatory Minimums” – take 1 ½ page notes/reactions/observations – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdERfYldFbnFfSms/view?usp=sharing

4.Mandatory Minimum persuasive essay work time (due to turnitin.com on 5/25, will also have 5/18 and 5/25 classes to work on) – explanation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XlCnU0IWQ0X1_lu5Yd-uh-0nFNVkttcDy50j8AVdrrA/edit?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Why did Congress create the position of White House Chief of Staff?

2.What is the main job of the White House Chief of Staff?  What is the most important power of the Chief of Staff?

3.Why did President Trump’s first Chief of Staff last less than a year in the job?  Who did Trump replace him with?

4.What has the new Chief of Staff been given credit for doing since coming in?  What’s something else interesting about him?

5.According to 2010 census data, about __% of Americans speak no English.  Meanwhile, about ____% of Americans speak ONLY English.

6.What’s the 2nd most common language spoken in the USA?  The 3rd?

7.Why is the federal government a necessary player in the “war on drugs?”  What federal agency is the main player in that war?

8.Though we have mandatory minimums for most drug offenses, some people are able to get less than the minimum – why?  Why is that a potential problem?

9.The American Bar Association opposes mandatory minimums because 98% of citizens accused of federal crimes, and 96% accused of state crimes, are compelled to do what because of them?  Why?  What do many judges and lawyers acknowledge happens as a result of this?

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

*State a well reasoned opinion on the topic of mandatory minimum sentencing

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 24 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/14 (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 21)

•Retake Quiz 6 by Friday, 5/11

•Quiz 7, Friday, 5/25

•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

•Declaration of Independence Recital  – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing – recital on Friday, 5/18

•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 Last Class

3.Big Wig: White House Chief of Staff – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZnQM9hojCYAYrBVgcZ3WgtoFOD57NSoz/view?usp=sharing

4.West Wing #20 – “Mandatory Minimums” – take 1 ½ page notes/reactions/observations – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdERfYldFbnFfSms/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Why has the EU been angry at American companies for years for selling products with names like “Parmesan,” “Burgundy, “Prosciutto” and “Champagne?”

2.Critics of our nation’s election laws point to the FEC, which legally prevents what kind of person from sitting on it?  What do the critics contend the FEC will always try to prevent as a result?

3.Critics of election laws also have called on Democrats and Republicans to “unilaterally give up soft money.”  What does unilateral mean? Why is neither party likely to take that advice?

4.Critics of the role of money in politics are often also critical of our general lack of term limits – what is the only federal office that has a term limit?  Why that one?  Opponents of term limits suggest that we already have a mechanism for dealing with officials who have been in office too long, which is what?

5.What do supporters of “mandatory minimum” laws suggest is good about them?  What do critics of such laws suggest is the problem with them though?

6.The “War on Drugs” created a “2/3 vs 1/3” formula whereby the government favors what approach to the drug problem?  Why has the American Medical Association criticized this approach?

7.Liberals have long criticized that formula.  Why then have Democrats not fundamentally altered the proportions, even when they had the power to do so?

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

*Discuss the history and job of the White House Chief of Staff and identify the current office-holder

*Explain the concept and list the pros and cons of “mandatory minimums”

*Explain the role of, and necessity for, the DEA in the War on Drugs

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 25 (85% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/14 (Current # of A’s: 16, F’s: 21)

•Retake Quiz 6 by Friday, 5/11

•Quiz 7, Friday, 5/25

•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

•Declaration of Independence Recital  – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing – recital on Friday, 5/18

•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 Last Thursday

3.West Wing #20 – “Mandatory Minimums” – take 1 ½ page notes/reactions/observations – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQdERfYldFbnFfSms/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Why have some governments refused to make languages spoken in their lands (such as Gaelic and Catalonian) “official?”

2.What youngster was known as the “Father of the Constitution?”  What are 2 reasons he earned that nickname?

3.Both gays and African Americans were denied integration into the military for much of the 20th Century – what were 2 nearly identical arguments made to justify their banning? 

4.The Citizens United decision outraged Americans on both the left and right who are concerned about the role of money in American elections – what is are 2 arguments that could be made in support of it though?

5.Our current president is just the most recent example of a American politicians generally blaming their low popularity on what?

6.What does it mean to say that a member of the executive branch “serves at the pleasure of the president?” Importantly though, when taking their oath of office, what do members of the executive branch actually swear allegiance to?

7.In light of the #MeToo movement of 2018, the Tailhook Scandal of 1991 should remind us of what?

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

*Explain the concept and list the pros and cons of “mandatory minimums”

*Explain the role of, and necessity for, the DEA in the War on Drugs

 

 

Announcements:

•Days to Graduation: 26 (80% of School Year Complete)

•Grades Updated on:5/8 (Current # of A’s: 13, F’s: 27)

•Retake Quiz 6 by Friday, 5/11

•Quiz 7, Friday, 5/25

•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

•Declaration of Independence Recital  – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing – recital on Friday, 5/18

•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.Grade Quiz 6

3.Work time: declaration recital, grade conferences and current events