September 26

posted Sep 26, 2011, 5:18 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Sep 27, 2011, 7:00 AM ]
Civics Standard
Civics 1.1 Understand key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

Day # 18Date:  September 26, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
What does compromise mean to you?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveUnderstand that many elements of the Constitution were created to correct problems in the Articles of Confederation.
Language Objective   Students will write a brief blog post in answer to the question "what does compromise really mean?"HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

InstructionsYour homework over the weekend was to find an example of compromise in today's world. 

Today's assignment in class is to combine that information with what we talked about last week regarding the compromises at the time of the Constitution and complete a brief writing assignment that will prepare you for your next graded assignment. 

Here's what you need to do:

FIRST, choose one of the quotes below (from that seems interesting to you, and write a post in your blog about it. Use what you know about compromises during the writing of the Constitution, as well as what you know about 

  1. I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle. Andrew Carnegie 
  2. Sometimes I have to compromise my views, but I never compromise on issues like the death penalty and the arm trade laws, despite what the readers or letters may say. Jonathan Shapiro 
  3. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution. Angela Merkel
  4. The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. Andrew Carnegie
  5. This product is a compromise, and the nature of compromise is that you don't get everything you want. Conrad Bums
  6. We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. Larry Wall  
  7. When it comes to the cause of justice, I take no prisoners and I don't believe in compromise.  Mary Frances Berry  
  8. A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Ludwig Erhard
  9. All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take. Mohandas Gandhi  

Then, go to your blog (using the Blogger icon on your Chromebook) and write a paragraph or two focusing on the quote you have chosen. Discuss why you chose it, and how it applies to some of the compromises we've looked at, or that you've come up with on your own. Publish the post when you're done.

If you have time left over, read this article from the New York Times discussing compromise in politics today. If you don't read it in class today, read it before class tomorrow.


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
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How important is the concept of compromise in the history, present, and future of our nation? 
Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.
ExtensionIf you can get to YouTube, take a look at this video, too.WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT