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September 19

posted Sep 19, 2012, 5:50 AM by Peter Knowles
Yesterday you turned in your first essay (You did turn it in, didn't you?) and before we plunge into our new unit, we'll be watching a video about the most recent presidential election when the winner of the popular vote did not win the presidency, when questions of electors and ballots and the proper roles of government came into question: The Election of 2000. 

Pay attention to the video for answers to the questions on your handout. We'll discuss them later, but collect what you can as you go. 

No homework tonight... unless you haven't turned in your essay yet!


Unit 1 Test Retakes: If you're interested in retaking the first unit test, you'll have a chance to retake it, starting at lunch on Friday. 
Before you take it, though, you need to do some work to get prepared, to learn what you didn't know last time, and to show me that you're ready. 
Here are some suggestions:
  1. Correct your first test -- check any questions you missed against your assignments. Did you have the answer somewhere and just couldn't find it, or did you really not have it. Use the text to refresh your memory about those topics that gave you trouble the first time.
  2. Create a new page of notes with the questions you missed -- Write out the question stem and correct answer for any question you missed on a piece of paper. The physical act of writing it out can help you remember it later, and it is physical evidence that you've done something to prepare for the retake. 
  3. Take some online quizzes to prepare you -- Our textbook's online quizzes (under "Progress Monitoring Online" ) can help you review and prepare for the retake. Keep in mind that these quizzes are from a newer version of the book, and not every question will deal with material that we covered in class. 
  4. Other online quizzes and activities are out there, including:
    1. Surfnetkid's American Presidency (True/False)
    2. Presidential roles (informational & matching)
    3. Information and related links 
  5. When you arrive to retake your test, be prepared to show what you have done since taking it the first time to prepare for the retake.
  6. NOTE: THE RETAKE TEST WILL NOT BE THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL, THOUGH IT WILL FOCUS ON MANY OF THE SAME TOPICS FOR ITS QUESTIONS. 
 
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