December 9

posted Dec 9, 2011, 5:50 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Dec 12, 2011, 5:58 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 # 69Date:  December 9, 2011Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
Should the electoral college be changed?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will learn about pros and cons of the existing electoral college.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will identify sides of an argument and share those in conversations with their peers.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
Share or Hand in your assignment from last night

Today we continue our look at The US Presidency by looking at how the electoral college works, and reasons why some people oppose it, and why some people support it. Here's how:

Step 1: Read one side of the debate "Should the Electoral College be Abolished?"
Step 2: Outline the most convincing arguments in your reading to support your side. Create a Google Document with a table like this:
Should the Electoral College be Abolished?
 Yes     No
 Reasons 1. 2. 3. Reasons 1. 2. 3.

Step 3: After completing your side of the table, find another student who has completed the other side of their table.
Step 4: Discuss your information with each other. Explain to each other what your main points were, and help each other fill out the table on both sides of the issue.
Step 5: Answer the question Should the Electoral College be Abolished? in a short paragraph following your table. Use evidence and information from the table, the article, or last night's homework (343-347) to support your ideas. 
Step 6: Share your table and paragraph when done.



There's no homework tonight, but if you're missing any from this assessment cycle, you should take this opportunity to catch up. 

Assignment

Pages

?’s

1. President’s Job Description (13.1)

315-321

2-5

2. Presidential Selection (13.3)

327-329

2-5

3. Nominating Pres. Candidates (13.4)

330-335

1,2,3,5,8

4. At the National Convention (13.5)

335-339

1-4

5. The Election (13.6)

340-347

2,3,4,6



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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