•Days to Thanksgiving: 20 (15% of year complete)
•Grades Updated on: 10/21 – # of A’s: 50, # of F’s: 17
•1st 6 Week Current Event Project score final BUT if you have less than a 70% on it, you can turn in more than 100 pts for the 2nd 6 Week Project to raise it to a 70
•2nd 6 Week Current Event Project begins to impact your grade on 11/9 – score becomes final on 11/30
•Reminder: If you have an unexcused absence, you can not make up any assignments missed on that day, nor recover lost participation points
•Attend a Lunchbox Talk and get 10 pts for signing in and staying the entire time, get 10 more points for turning in a 1 page summary of what was discussed AND your personal opinion on any of the subjects raised – info here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1g9WCafIzvgTmY72qKME_LCKxZxK7qfKfq4BLGdQYfKk/edit?usp=sharing
•Earn 30 extra-credit pts on a quiz AND a shot at a $30,000 top prize by competing in this year’s VFW Voice of Democracy challenge – entries due to me by 10/31 – must have a complete entry to qualify (cd or jump-drive with oral essay of 3-5 minutes, written copy of essay, no personally identifying info in essay (like name, where you live, your gender/race/religion/etc), and signed entry form – entry forms available in class and here: https://www.vfw.org/-/media/vfwsite/files/community/youth-and-education/voice-of-democracy-student-entry-form-and-brochure.pdf
•Retake Quiz 3 by Monday, 10/29
•Quiz 4, Friday, 11/2
2.Review Last Class
3.Finish Political Identity Notes – https://docs.google.com/document/d/172P2iYvjLiGDGEthb1x0MDzfbo7j1NZtZgtDWiKx38Q/edit?usp=sharing
4.Determining your political identity, pt 2:
•We haven’t yet talked about whether you’re an authoritarian or a libertarian yet – this measures how much power you believe government should have to force it’s agenda on its citizens
•To get a deeper sense of your political identity then, go 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 – where do you fall on the authoritarian/libertarian continuum (the Y-axis) in addition to the liberal/conservative one (the X-axis)?
•Finally, triple-check your identity here: http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/ (google “political typology quiz”)
•For today’s points, in a paragraph, list the two labels the tests gave you and why you agree/disagree w/ the label – name the leader you were compared with and if you agree/disagree
1.Conservatives are on 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.Approximately 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 “Democrats are liberals?”
8.Why, historically, have conservatives wished to be the ones to define what “liberalism” means 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” and identify which best describes you
Define the terms “libertarian” and “authoritarian” and identify which best describes you