December 12

posted Dec 12, 2011, 6:18 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Dec 12, 2011, 6:55 AM ]
Civics 1.2 Understand the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.
Essential Question: How does the office of the President support basic ideals of the US Government?  

Day # 70Date:  December 12, 2011Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How does the US Constitution define the office of the President?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will learn about Article II of the Constitution and the Amendments that impact the office of the presidency.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read segments of the Constitution and explain in their own words how the various sections say about the presidency.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
Today you'll be looking at the actual language of the US Constitution as it defines the selection, roles, and limits of the US President.

Begin by getting a copy of the handout, or opening a template called " The Presidency and the Constitution".

After you open this document, you'll be working with a partner to fill in each box or question with information from the US Constitution, which can be found in your book (beginning on page 726) BUT you might find it easier to use an online version of the Constitution

As you work, discuss the different sections and amendments to try and reach a full understanding of what each one is for. Ask yourselves: "What specific event, limit, or power does each one deal with?" and "How does that knowledge help you understand what the office of the President is all about?" Your answers do not have to be complete sentences or be very long, but they should represent the main idea in each section or clause. 

NOTE: To help you find the right pieces of information, it's worth noticing how the Constitution is organized. It is made up of ARTICLES (there are 7), many of which have SECTIONS in them, and some of those have CLAUSES.  If it were organized like an outline, it would look something like this:

CONSTITUTION
Article
Section
Clause
Clause
Section
Section
Article
Section
Clause
Section

And so on....



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

Share your table and paragraph when done.
HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How does the office of the President support basic ideals of the US Government?
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension

Useful Links


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