September 2

posted Sep 2, 2011, 6:38 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Sep 6, 2011, 6:18 AM ]
Day 3

1. TURN IN: Did you remember to get your parent letter signed? How about your AUP? If you have either one (or both) signed, turn them into the basket. If you forgot, please hand them in by tomorrow.

2. GROUP ACTIVITY: (Continued from yesterday) 
In groups of 3 or 4, discuss and brainstorm answers to this question:
Why do we have government? 
You may use resources provided to you, including:
  1. The Preamble to the Constitution
  2. The American Government textbook (see pages 4-5)
  3. Each other

Take notes in your group while you brainstorm your own question. 
Then, take your own notes on the whole class discussion  that follows. (You'll need your own paper for this part)
Powerpoint / discussion

3. WRAP-UP: Think, discuss, then write about: Which of the 6 reasons mentioned in the Preamble is the MOST important reason for government? Your opinion, but back it up with reasons/examples. (See pgs 7-8 to help)

4. HOMEWORK:  Continue working with the textbook, reading pages 1-7. Answer questions 1, 2 & 4 on page 8, using what you have read to help you answer. Remember: When you answer a question, make sure your answer has the subject included in it, and shows the page number where you found your answer as a parenthetical citation. 
For example, question 2 says:
What are the four main characteristics of a state? 
Your answer should read:
The four main characteristics of a state are ....  (4).