Semester 1 Activities

This is where you can see what we did in class each day. Most recent classes show at the top.

January 31

posted Jan 31, 2012, 4:59 AM by Peter Knowles

Today's the last day of class, and you should have turned in your final assessment yesterday (see yesterday's assignment sheet if you haven't finished yet)
Make sure you turn in your textbook to avoid any fines. 

January 30

posted Jan 30, 2012, 4:44 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 30, 2012, 4:45 AM ]


Day #90Date:  January 30Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do local and state governments play a role in your life?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand the purpose and organization of state and local governments.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
Class today is a finals schedule: 8:45-10:15 
Your final for this class is one last summative assessment; an essay/blog post that answers the question:
How do local and state governments play a role in your life?

Here's a suggested format for your writing. 
  1. Introduction -- with thesis statement
  2. Local government impacts -- with specific examples that affect YOU*
  3. State government impacts -- with specific examples that affect YOU*
  4. Conclusion
*Note: you can talk about state and local government in either order, but be sure to treat them separately.

Be sure to include specific examples to support your ideas throughout your writing. Use standard paragraph and sentence structure to lead your reader through your ideas. If you refer to research that you've done outside of class, use standard reference and citation formats to show the source of your ideas. 

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment





HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
Due TODAY!
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 27

posted Jan 27, 2012, 5:55 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 30, 2012, 4:43 AM ]


Day #90Date:  January 27Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do local and state governments play a role in your life?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand the purpose and organization of state and local governments.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity: 
Your final for this class is one last summative assessment; an essay/blog post that answers the question:
How do local and state governments play a role in your life?

Here's a suggested format for your writing. 
  1. Introduction -- with thesis statement
  2. Local government impacts -- with specific examples that affect YOU*
  3. State government impacts -- with specific examples that affect YOU*
  4. Conclusion
*Note: you can talk about state and local government in either order, but be sure to treat them separately.

Be sure to include specific examples to support your ideas throughout your writing. Use standard paragraph and sentence structure to lead your reader through your ideas. If you refer to research that you've done outside of class, use standard reference and citation formats to show the source of your ideas. 

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment





HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
Due Monday, January 30
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 26

posted Jan 26, 2012, 5:49 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 27, 2012, 5:54 AM ]


Day #89Date:  January 26Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do local and state governments play a role in your life?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand the purpose and organization of state and local governments.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity: 
Choose one of the stories or articles that you identified in yesterday's activity with the Enterprise newspaper. Take a few minutes to read and understand what it's all about, with a special focus on the state or local government's role, including:
  1. What state or local government organization or agency is involved?
  2. What did they actually do?
  3. Why did they do it?
  4. How does it have an impact on people outside the government?
  5. How does it have an impact on YOU?
Be ready to share your findings in discussion after 10 minutes.

Your final for this class is one last summative assessment; an essay/blog post that answers the question:
How do local and state governments play a role in your life?

Here's a suggested format for your writing. 
  1. Introduction -- with thesis statement
  2. Local government impacts -- with specific examples that affect YOU*
  3. State government impacts -- with specific examples that affect YOU*
  4. Conclusion
*Note: you can talk about state and local government in either order, but be sure to treat them separately.

Be sure to include specific examples to support your ideas throughout your writing. Use standard paragraph and sentence structure to lead your reader through your ideas. If you refer to research that you've done outside of class, use standard reference and citation formats to show the source of your ideas. 

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment





HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
Due Monday, January 30
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 25

posted Jan 25, 2012, 5:00 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 26, 2012, 5:36 AM ]


Day #87Date:  January 25Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do states' courts work?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand the purpose and organization of state court systems.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity: 
Take a quiz over the homework we reviewed in class yesterday on The Courts and Their Judges (25.4) pages 676-681. Use your assignment from yesterday  to help you. 

When you finish with your quiz, move on to the following short assignment while your classmates are finishing up:
Go to this site:
and find the answers to the following questions:
  1. What kinds of criminal charges can be heard by district courts (such as the one in White Salmon)? 
  2. What kinds of civil cases can be heard by district courts? 
  3. What options do you have if you receive an infraction (such as a speeding ticket) in district courts?
  4. What are the limits and rules regarding the types of cases that can be heard in a small claims court?
Be ready to talk about them when done


STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment





HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 24

posted Jan 24, 2012, 5:32 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 24, 2012, 5:34 AM ]


Day #87Date:  January 24Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do states' courts work?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand the purpose and organization of state court systems.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity: 
Last night's homework was The Courts and Their Judges (25.4) pages 676-681. Use your assignment from last night to complete your assigned slide in the class presentation that you can find here

Carefully include your information to answer the questions
WHERE does your type of courts exist? 
WHO typically appears in them? 
WHAT is their main purpose? 

Be sure to include your name(s) on your slide. 

When you finish with your slide, move on to the following short assignment while your classmates are finishing up:
Go to this site:
and find the answers to the following questions:
  1. What kinds of criminal charges can be heard by district courts (such as the one in White Salmon)? 
  2. What kinds of civil cases can be heard by district courts? 
  3. What options do you have if you receive an infraction (such as a speeding ticket) in district courts?
  4. What are the limits and rules regarding the types of cases that can be heard in a small claims court?
Be ready to talk about them when done


STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment





HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 23

posted Jan 23, 2012, 6:23 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 24, 2012, 5:17 AM ]


Day #86Date:  January 23Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do states' courts work?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand the purpose and organization of state court systems.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:


Take a QUIZ on your last homework assignment. (In the Courtroom, 25.3, Questions 1,3,4 & 5, p. 674) It's been awhile, but you should have your assignment to help you. 

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After you complete the quiz, turn your attention to the next assignment for this unit:
The Courts and Their Judges (25.4) pages 676-681.


As you read the assigned pages, create an outline that identifies 
WHERE each of the following types of courts exists, 
WHO typically appears in them, and 
WHAT their main purpose is. 
Your outline might look like this:
Justices of the Peace (676)
Where:
Who:
What:
Magistrates Courts (676)
Where:
Who:
What:
Municipal Courts (676)
Where:
Who:
What:
Juvenile Courts (676)
Where:
Who:
What:
General Trial Courts (676-678)
Where:
Who:
What:
Intermediate Appellate Courts (678-679)
Where:
Who:
What:
State Supreme Court (679)
Where:
Who:
What:



STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment

Complete the outline above for homework tonight.



HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 13

posted Jan 13, 2012, 5:49 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 17, 2012, 5:17 AM ]


Day #85Date:  January 13, 2012Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do state budget's work?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand what state budgets contain and where they get their funds.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
Today we'll be talking about the two assignments you completed over the last two days that describe the budget process of the states. Check your own assignment for accuracy and add notes as necessary to understand the process.

Key questions (you should have answers to them by the end of class)
  • How is Washington's budget typical of state budgets across the country?
  • How is Washington's budget different from other state budgets?
  • How is Washington restricted in its attempts to meet its budget needs?
  • How should Washington deal with its budget problems?

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment

Homework tonight. The next assignment is due Tuesday:

7. In the Courtroom (25.3)

672-674

1, 3, 4, 5

1/17



HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 12

posted Jan 12, 2012, 6:06 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 13, 2012, 5:42 AM ]


Day #84Date:  January 12, 2012Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How do state budget's work?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand what state budgets contain and where they get their funds.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
1) Continue with yesterday's online activity: using an online resource from Washington State's government called A Citizen's Guide to the State Budget to learn more about the services our state government provides and how the state pays for these services.
  1. Open the document by clicking on this link.
  2. Next, open the assignment questions. You may complete one per group if you like (just make sure you include both partners' names)
  3. Working with your partner, find the answers to the questions in the assignment. All answers are in the state resource. Questions appear in order, and page numbers are given. You may also use the Ctrl + F keys to search for key words within the document.
There are lots of questions, but just work your way through the document to find the answers. Do them in order, and discuss your answers with your partner as you go.

When finished, turn to the textbook, pages 667-671. Fill out the outline handout (or available online as a template if you'd prefer to fill out on a computer. The template is called Ch25.2 Outline)

Complete in class; be ready to discuss at start of class tomorrow.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment

No homework tonight. The next assignment isn't due until Tuesday:

7. In the Courtroom (25.3)

672-674

1, 3, 4, 5

1/17



HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

January 11

posted Jan 11, 2012, 5:16 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 5:48 AM ]

State budget online

Day #83Date:  January 11, 2012Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
What does a state's governor do?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand how state governors do their jobsWHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read for information, complete portions of an outline, and share their findings with the class.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
1) Any questions about last night's homework? Let's talk about them.

2) Vocabulary word: biennium

3) Today you'll be using an online resource from Washington State's government called A Citizen's Guide to the State Budget to learn more about the services our state government provides and how the state pays for these services.
  1. Open the document by clicking on this link.
  2. Next, open the assignment questions. You may complete one per group if you like (just make sure you include both partners' names)
  3. Working with your partner, find the answers to the questions in the assignment. All answers are in the state resource. Questions appear in order, and page numbers are given. You may also use the Ctrl + F keys to search for key words within the document.
There are lots of questions, but just work your way through the document to find the answers. Do them in order, and discuss your answers with your partner as you go.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment

No homework tonight. The next assignment isn't due until Tuesday:

7. In the Courtroom (25.3)

672-674

1, 3, 4, 5

1/17



HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

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