Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 13 (85% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/23 (# of F’s: 22, # of A’s: 19)

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70 – totals go onto Skyward on 5/26

•Quiz 7 moved to Tuesday, 5/30

•Make up Declaration of Independence Recital to a 70% by 5/26 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Turn in current events

•Review Last Class

•“Letter to the Future” assignment – these are the instructions:

•4 years from today I will mail a letter to you

•You will write this letter for a 30 pt class grade

•Aim to write 2 pages (1 front/back piece of paper)

•You can write about any subject you choose to (I’m not going to read it, so be honest w/ yourself)

•What do you hope to have accomplished by then?  What do you fear you won’t?  How do you think you’ll be different/the same?  What friends do you think will still be with you?  How do you think life will be different/better?  What’s the meaning of life to you today?  How valuable did you find your public schooling?

•Consider including a memento of  some sort– a picture, a good-luck charm, a $10  bill? :)

•Include my address in your letter so you can share any reactions you might have (eric.linthwaite@camas.wednet.edu)

•Get a CHS envelope from me (or use your own) – address the letter to yourself and put whatever address you think would be best (most likely your parent’s address)

Review Questions:

Learning Targets:

*Envision what you want your life to look like in 4 years

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 13 (85% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/23 (# of F’s: 22, # of A’s: 19)

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70 – totals go onto Skyward on 5/26

•Quiz 7 moved to Tuesday, 5/30

•Make up Declaration of Independence Recital to a 70% by 5/26 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Big Wigs – The Supreme Court, pt 3 –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQZ251cDEzdFRMQTQ/view?usp=sharing

•Finish/turn-in West Wing #18 – “6 Meetings Before Lunch” – take 1 ½ pg notes – my notes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQRmZ3VkV6S2Q4YzQ/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was only the 2nd woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court – what else is interesting about her? What has every Supreme Court nominee since her realized they can pretty much get away with doing during the nomination process?

2.Justice Stephen Breyer espouses a judicial theory of “active liberty,” which he says means that the court, through it’s decisions, should encourage the American people to do what?

3.The second most conservative Justice on the court is believed to be ___________, a Bush-era appointee.  He authored the controversial Hobby Lobby decision, which says what?

4.Some people think the best way to deal with struggling public schools is to create a “voucher system” that would let you do what?  In theory, that could be good – why?  It could also be bad of course – why?

5.The Great Seal of the USA has 3 Latin inscriptions on it:  name one of them & translate it into English.

6.What symbolic number is repeated many times on the Seal?  What is the pyramid on the back of the Seal meant to symbolize? 

7.What does the eagle on the seal symbolize?  What symbolically is suggested by the direction the eagle’s head points?

8.What 2 things were famously promised to freed slaves by General Sherman at the end of the Civil War that were later revoked? Why wasn’t the promise kept?

9.Modern Americans universally seem to believe that both sides in the Civil War were fighting over slavery – however, if you asked the typical Northern soldier what their cause was, how would they actually have responded?  How about Southerners?

10.As wise Press Secretaries can tell you, in a scandal, it’s often not what you did at first that brings you down, but what you are tempted to do after, which is what?

Learning Targets:

*Name the members of the current Supreme Court and explain their common qualifications for office

*State the pros and cons of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves

*State a coherent opinion on the subject of school vouchers

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 15 (85% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/23 (# of F’s: 22, # of A’s: 19)

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70 – totals go onto Skyward on 5/26

•If missed “Childproof Presidency” assignment, read article here: http://theweek.com/articles/699475/childproof-presidency  Write a one page response to the following questions: What is the author’s assertion about President Trump? What is his larger point about the office of the President, regardless of who occupies it?  To what extent do you think he’s right/wrong?  

•Quiz 7 moved to Tuesday, 5/30

•Make up Declaration of Independence Recital to a 70% by 5/26 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Big Wigs – The Supreme Court, pt 1 –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQZ251cDEzdFRMQTQ/view?usp=sharing

•West Wing #19 – “6 Meetings Before Lunch” – take 1 ½ pg notes – my notes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQRmZ3VkV6S2Q4YzQ/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.Who holds the power to determine the structure of the Judicial branch, establishing  the various courts and deciding how many judges will serve them?  Who is the Judicial branch critically reliant upon to enforce it’s verdicts?

2.The Supreme Court rejects the vast majority of cases appealed to it – what kind of cases does it prefer to consider?

3.There are no constitutional requirements for a Supreme Court justice – other than being a lawyer though, what are 2 common pre-requisite experiences for justices?

4.The leader of the Supreme Court is called the ____________ and the current office-holder’s name is __________.  What is one of the perks of his position?

5.The most important member of the Supreme Court right now is arguably 80 year old Associate Justice ______________ – what makes him some important?

6.Our most conservative justice is only the 2nd African-American on the court, named ___________ – he replaced the first African-American appointed to the court, named ___________.

7.Conservative judges generally call themselves “originalists,” which means what?  How are liberal judges different?

8.What are 2 reasons the US-China relationship was so bad up until the 1970s?

9.In the 1970s the United States began to mend its relationship with China and was presented with what symbolic gift? 

10.Where in the USA can Americans go to see this Chinese gift?  What is done there with the gift?

11.What did people mean when they said “Only Nixon could go to China?”

Learning Targets:

*Name the members of the current Supreme Court and explain their common qualifications for office

*State the pros and cons of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves

*State a coherent opinion on the subject of school vouchers

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 15 (85% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/22 (# of F’s: 22, # of A’s: 18)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70 – totals go onto Skyward on 5/26

•If missed “Childproof Presidency” assignment, read article here: http://theweek.com/articles/699475/childproof-presidency  Write a one page response to the following questions: What is the author’s assertion about President Trump? What is his larger point about the office of the President, regardless of who occupies it?  To what extent do you think he’s right/wrong?  

•Quiz 7 moved to Tuesday, 5/30

•Make up Declaration of Independence Recital to a 70% by 5/26 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Big Wigs – The Supreme Court, pt 1 –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQZ251cDEzdFRMQTQ/view?usp=sharing

•West Wing #19 – “6 Meetings Before Lunch” – take 1 ½ pg notes – my notes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQRmZ3VkV6S2Q4YzQ/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.In his article, “Childproof Presidency,”  Pascal Gobrey asserts new President Trump should be impeached – why, specifically, does he say this should be done?

2.Gobrey then asserts the office of the President itself is in serious need of reform – what power in particular is he concerned the Congress has given away over the past 75 years?  Why does he think this is a problem?

3.Additionally, Gobrey says that American culture needs to be reformed, because it has done what to the office of the President? Why does he think that’s a problem?

4.In 2017, the Senate took historic action by implementing the “nuclear option” in the nomination of a Supreme Court justice – what did the nuclear option do?  What power of the Senate did the nuclear option NOT effect?

5.The House of Representatives once had a bizarre procedural hurdle that it eventually got rid of – they called it the “disappearing quorum” – what is a quorum?  What did the “disappearing quorum” trick prevent?

6.Today some descendants of slaves demand “reparations” – what does that word mean?  What has been the long term effect of the failure to provide reparations after the Civil War?

7.In West Wing 18 the Senate resists approving an appointee to the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department because he supports reparations.  In 2014, the real Senate refused to approve Debo Adegibile, an Obama appointment to the same agency, on what grounds?  For a time, future President John Adams was hated for a similar reason – what was it?

Learning Targets:

*Explain the purpose and powers of the Judicial branch and the Supreme Court

*Name the members of the current Supreme Court and explain their common qualifications for office

*Track the course of the American-Chinese relationship over the past 100 years

*State the pros and cons of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves

*State a coherent opinion on the subject of school vouchers

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 16 (85% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/19 (# of F’s: 22, # of A’s: 20)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70

•Quiz 7 moved to Tuesday, 5/30

•Make up Declaration of Independence Recital to a 70% by 5/26 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Finish Declaration of Independence Recitals

•While waiting, read the following article: http://theweek.com/articles/699475/childproof-presidency

•Write a one page response to the following questions: What is the author’s assertion about President Trump? What is his larger point about the office of the President, regardless of who occupies it?  To what extent do you think he’s right/wrong?

•Discuss & turn-in notes on the “Childproof Presidency” article

•West Wing #19 – “6 Meetings Before Lunch” – take 1 ½ pg notes – my notes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQRmZ3VkV6S2Q4YzQ/view?usp=sharing

Learning Targets:

*Explain why some political scientists believe the office of the presidency needs to be reformed

*Track the course of the American-Chinese relationship over the past 100 years

*State the pros and cons of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves

*State a coherent opinion on the subject of school vouchers

 

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 17 (85% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/16 (# of F’s: 23, # of A’s: 20)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70

•Quiz 7 moved to Tuesday, 5/30

•Declaration of Independence Recital on 5/19 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Debrief Mock Election & Crown Winners

•Declaration of Independence Recitals

•While waiting, read the following article: http://theweek.com/articles/699475/childproof-presidency

•Write a one page response to the following questions: What is the author’s assertion about President Trump? What is his larger point about the office of the President, regardless of who occupies it?  To what extent do you think he’s right/wrong?

Learning Targets:

*Explain the challenges inherent in forming and maintaining a political party and conducting a successful election campaign

*Explain why some political scientists believe the office of the presidency needs to be reformed

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 18 (80% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/16 (# of F’s: 23, # of A’s: 20)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70

•Quiz 7 on 5/26

•Declaration of Independence Recital on 5/19 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Mock Election Speeches and Q&A Sessions in North Commons (2, 3, 6 periods) or Rm. 412 (4th period)

•Turn in revised platform/party membership list, candidate speech script & campaign materials (minimally a poster)

Learning Targets:

*Explain the challenges inherent in forming and maintaining a political party and conducting a successful election campaign

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 19 (80% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/15 (# of F’s: 25, # of A’s: 20)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70

•Quiz 7 on 5/26

•Election Day: Thursday, 5/18 (4th period take A lunch)

•Declaration of Independence Recital on 5/19 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Mock election day 4 work time

•What is your opponent(s) platform? How can you discredit it? Who are their candidates? How can you beat them?

•How can you target the PACs?  Your electorate?

•Work on your 5 minute campaign speech/presentation – consider/practice answering likely questions to come afterwards

•Create campaign materials

Review Questions:

1.What is a “tariff?” Mercantile economies of the 18th Century loved them – why?

2.What does it mean to say the USA has “free trade” with Canada?  Who else do we enjoy free trade with? 

3.What are 2 arguments in favor of free trade?  What are 2 arguments made by those who oppose it?

4.What did the 2010 census conclude about inter-racial marriages in the US?

5.Can the President tell the Congress to stop meeting and go home?  Why/why not? To come to D.C. and meet even if they just left on vacation?  Why/why not?

6.What kind of relationship do presidential candidates usually have with the press/media while running for office?  How about after gaining the White House?

7.Just standing near a president is dangerous – what are 2 examples of presidential assassins hurting somebody other than their intended target?

8.For most of US history businesses could sell pretty much whatever they wanted free of government interference, including drugs like heroin and cocaine – what did the revolutionary Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 do about that?  This important law was the result of “muckrakers” – what was their profession?

9.Trump is notable for defying the classic path to power – historically, what are the 2 most common jobs Presidents have had immediately before taking office?

Learning Targets:

*Explain the challenges inherent in forming and maintaining a political party and conducting a successful election campaign

 

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 20 (80% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/15 (# of F’s: 25, # of A’s: 20)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70

•Retake Quiz 6 by 5/12

•Quiz 7 on 5/26

•Election Day: Thursday, 5/18 (4th period take A lunch)

•Declaration of Independence Recital on 5/19 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Finish/turn-in West Wing 17 – “The White House Pro-Am” – watch and take 1 ½ pg notes – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeUZ5WmFIektBNlk/view?usp=sharing

•Mock election day 4 work time (about 20 minutes)

•What is your opponent(s) platform? How can you discredit it? Who are their candidates? How can you beat them?

•How can you target the PACs?  Your electorate?

•Work on your 5 minute campaign speech/presentation – consider/practice answering likely questions to come afterwards

•Create campaign materials

•20 minutes today – plan on 20 more tomorrow

Review Questions:

1.What branch of science attempts to explain and predict how people obtain their material needs and desires in a world of scarcity? What do people (like former President Bush) mean when they liken it onto “voodoo?”

2.What does the GDP/GNP  measure?  Adam Smith introduced the concept in the late 18th Century, saying it was a far better way to measure a country's health than that preferred by “mercantilists,” who preferred to measure what instead?

3.What do we call it when the GDP goes up?  In theory, why do we like this? What do we call in when it goes down? Why don’t we like that?

Learning Targets:

*Explain the challenges inherent in forming and maintaining a political party and conducting a successful election campaign

*List the pros and cons of “free trade”

Announcements:

•Classes until  Graduation: 21 (80% of year done)

•Grades Updated on 5/11 (# of F’s: 25, # of A’s: 18)

•# of Participation Penalties for Previous Day: 0

Participation Penalties Revision: participation penalties will be accompanied with a referral if a) you are also currently failing CWI and/or b) it is your third such penalty 

•3rd 6 Week Current Event Project ends 6/14 – turn in more than 100 pts to raise 2nd 6 Week score to a 70

•Retake Quiz 6 by 5/12

•Quiz 7 on 5/26

•Election Day: Thursday, 5/18 (4th period take A lunch)

•Declaration of Independence Recital on 5/19 – instructions here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQT1dWRGJLTGVxSTg/view?usp=sharing

•Latework deadline: Friday, June 2 – only assignments due after June 2 will be accepted  so that I can issue a definitive pass/fail notification to administration

•Interested in working in public schools after graduation?  Apply for the 2017 CEA Future Educator Scholarship by May 26: http://tinyurl.com/j5daugz

Activities:

•Brain-food/Learning Targets

•Review Last Class

•Mock election day 3 work time (about 20 minutes)

•What is your opponent(s) platform? How can you discredit it? Who are their candidates? How can you beat them?

•How can you target the PACs?  Your electorate?

•Work on your 5 minute campaign speech/presentation – consider/practice answering likely questions to come afterwards

•Create campaign materials

•20 minutes today – plan on 20 more tomorrow

•West Wing 17 – “The White House Pro-Am” – watch and take 1 ½ pg notes – my notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-SAwXa67qaQeUZ5WmFIektBNlk/view?usp=sharing

Review Questions:

1.What are 2 ways special interest groups can have a powerful effect on elections?

2.What’s the USA’s most influential special interest group that represents the interests of businesses, both great and small?

3.What are two issues that Greenpeace cares about?

4.Two powerful American special interest groups care about abortion rights, one pro, one con. What do they call themselves?

5.What’s 2 issues that the NAACP cares about?  How about the AARP?

6.What special interest group, formed in 1877, is the US’s most dedicated one when it comes to the 2nd Amendment?

7.The NEA is the nation’s largest special interest group for _________; what’s a specific issue they care about?

8.The AMA is the nation’s largest special interest group for _________; what’s a specific issue they care about?

Learning Targets:

*Explain the challenges inherent in forming and maintaining a political party and conducting a successful election campaign

*Define the term “economics” and explain why President Bush called it a “voodoo” science